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So You Want to Be a Writer?: Teen Writing Guide: Resource Citations

A writing guide for teens aimed at writers of any skill level, from those who are just getting started on their writing journey to those who have been writing for some time.

All in One Place

All of the resources contained in the guide have been collected here, with hyperlinks and APA citations for ease of access!


So you want to be a writer?

Bukowski, C. (2003). "so you want to be a writer?" Retrieved from

Books by Young Writers

Adornetto, A. (2011). Halo. New York, NY: Square Fish. 

Keplinger, K. (2011). The Duff. New York, NY: Poppy. 

Paolini, C. (2005). Eragon. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Reekles, B. (2013). The Kissing Booth. New York, NY: Ember.

Van Wagenen, M. (2014). Popular. New York, NY: Penguin. 

Yousafezai, M. (2015). I am Malala. New York, NY: Back Bay Books.

Yi Fan, N. (2008). Swordbird. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Zappia, F. (2017). Made You Up. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books

Writing Advice Books

Carter, A. (2019). Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? New York, NY: Scholastic.

King, S. (2000). On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftNew York, NY: Scribner.

Potter, E. & Mazer, A. (2010). Spilling Ink. New York, NY: Square Fish.

Revis, B. (2015). Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice. New York, NY: Scripturient Books.

Video Advice

Department of English, Arizona State University. (Oct. 24, 2016). "Young Adult Authors Discuss the Writing Process." [Video file]. Retrieved from

From Your Favorite Writers

Gibbs, A. (2019). "'I got a lot of No's but one Yes changed everyting', says 'The Hate U Give' author Angie Thomas" Retrieved from 

Walker, M. (2015). "21 of Your Favorite YA Authors on How to Be a Writer" Retrieved from


"The Book Riot Podcast" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Write or Die" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Writing Excuses" (n.d.) Retrieved from

Online Resources

"Go Teen Writers" (n.d.). Retrieved from

Waters, M. (2015). "Teens Can Write, Too!" Retrieved from

On the Ground Resources

"Chapter One Conference" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Grub Street" (n.d.) Retrieved from

Venues that Publish Teens

"The Adroit Journal" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"The Apprentice Writer" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Canvas" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Ember" (n.d.) Retrieved from

"Stone Soup" (n.d.) Retrieved from

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Friedman, J. (2017). "How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book." Retrieved from

Friedman, J. (2016). "Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?" Retrieved from

Sharing Your Work Online

"How to Publish on Wattpad" (n.d.) Retrieved from

Pellegrini, N. (2019). "Fanfiction.Net vs. Archive of Our Own." Retrieved from

Writing Contests for Teens

Hill, Denise. (2019) "Young Writers Guide to Contests" Retrieved December 11, 2019 from

"Scholastic Art and Writing Awards" (2019) Retrieved December 11, 2019 from

Online Young Writers Programming

"NaNoWrimo's Young Writer's Program" (n.d.) Retrieved from 

Using G-Suite

Deverell, Eva. (2019). "The Ultimate Guide to Google Docs for Writers" Retrieved from

Creative Writing in College

Information about Various Degree Programs:

"2020 Best Colleges with Creative Writing Degrees" (2019). Retrieved December 10, 2019 from

"Colleges with Great English, Creative Writing, and Literature Programs" (n.d.) Retrieved December 10, 2019 from

Heimbach, A. (2019). "The 12 Best Creative Writing Colleges and Programs" Retrieved from

"Thirteen Colleges Every High School Creative Writer Should Consider' (2019). Retrieved from

Defending the Humanities Degree

Guillén, M. (n.d.) "A humanities degree is worth much more than you realize." The Hill. Retrieved from

Jaschik, S. (2018). "Shocker: Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy." Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from

Ruggeri, A. (2019). "Why 'worthless' humanities degrees may set you up for life" BBC. Retrieved from

Strauss, V. (2017). "Why we still need to study the humanities in a STEM world" The Washington Post. Retrieved from,them%20at%20our%20own%20peril.&targetText=Within%20the%20humanities%2C%20one%20can,new%20culture%2C%20a%20new%20worldview.