There is a lot of consideration given to the next generation. For me, that includes the next gen of young writers, especially since my kiddo is one of them.
Young Writers Matter…
Did you know that The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) and Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) were written by teenagers? Christoper Paolini was fifteen when he wrote the first draft of Eragon to begin his Inheritance Cycle series. And, we can’t forget about Malala and Anne Frank who both penned epic memoirs as teens. Teenagers have unique world views, unique life experiences, and, obviously unique imaginations. There writing may not be fully evolved but with encouragement and support, they can be something more and share something incredible with the world.
Why should YOU care?
Young people need to be fostered and encouraged in any areas they show interest or talent in. It’s important to be a part of that process so we create a new generation of talent. Every writer can point to the people or moments that sent them on their paths so why not be that person or create that moment for a young writer you know?
What Can You Do?
You may not be a writer but that doesn’t mean you can’t help! Reach out to a talented kid you know or a school in your neighborhood that surely can use any help you’re able to give.
- Offer encouragement by reading a piece/project by a young talent.
- Gift a journal to a talented kid.
- Connect an author you know with a young aspiring author.
- Donate time or money to a local young writer’s group.
- Make a donation of books or journals to your local school – elementary, middle, or high, it doesn’t matter!