Last month I taught my summer creative writing workshop, and let me tell you that this group of kids is THE MOST:
Each and every one of them was kind, caring, considerate, happy to listen and take feedback… I didn’t want the session to end.
After these workshops, I’m always asked by parents what resources I recommend for young creative writers. Here are a few I like, but keep in mind that there are only two resources I really, truly recommend. I’ll save those for the end of the post.
- Lakeshore Learning makes these fantastic blank notebooks for creating books. I have found these to be incredible for young kids– they are the perfect size and durability, and allow for complete creativity.
- 826 Valencia is one of my favorite organizations in the country. If you don’t know them, get to know them and find your local version of it (The Mid Continent Oceanographic Institute is the Minnesota version). They have a whole slew of creative writing resources available for purchase on their website, and the one I love for my young writers workshop is 642 Things to Write About.
- DK’s Write Your Own Book is a great tool for teachers. I really like the format of the book– it’s large, hardcover, full color, and easily laid out for lesson planning. You can purchase it on Amazon, but I found mine at my local Barnes and Noble.
- Your local writing organizations and libraries are a great places to take kids to meet authors, ask questions, and make real-world connections to a career in writing. Plan a family outing for when an author comes to speak, read their book together before you go, and make a list of questions you’d like to ask the author during the event. I STILL do this as an adult, and it’s always a learning experience for me.
- I know there are apps kids can use. Edutopia came out with a list here, though I can’t speak to any of them. Call me old fashioned, but I really can’t stand the idea of having kids use an app for creative writing. They really, truly only need two things:
- Pen or pencil
Young, old , novice or veteran, there is nothing more you need than a pen and paper. Give your child some space and time, let them write, make mistakes, and start again. It’s really the only way to get through any creative project, and the sooner they embrace the process, the sooner they can be ready for the writing journey.