Let's Write!

"Get Your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." - Mark Twain.
 

Books


Grammar girl presents the ultimate writing guide for students book coverGrammar girl presents the ultimate writing guide for students
by Mignon Fogarty & illustrated by Erwin Haya
808.042 F
Grammar Girl has your wriitng tips including Parts of speech -- Sentenced for life -- Punch up your punctuation -- Quick and dirty tips.

 

 mastering writing skills book cover Get wise! : mastering writing skills
by Laurie Barnett & Heather McCarron
808.042 B
Get instructions and activity ideas to improve writing skills like reading comprehension, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar and more.
 


 Stan Lee's How to write comicsbook cover Stan Lee's How to write comics
by Stan Lee
808.066741 L
Discover the basics of how to write comics including Creating the character -- Storytelling -- Subplots -- Formats -- Preparing the script, and more.
 


 Breakfast on Mars book cover Breakfast on Mars
edited by Rebecca Stern & Brad Wolfe
372.623 B
"Present a collection of unconventional essays by leading writers to challenge how students think about essays using imaginative, rule-breaking, and unconventional examples." - publisher.


 Thrice told tales book cover Thrice told tales
by Catherine Lewis & illustrated by Joost Swarte
803 L
"Three Blind Mice. Three Blind Mice. See how they run? No. See how they can make all sorts of useful literary elements... easy to understand!" - publisher.

 

 The Facts on File guide to good writing book coverThe Facts on File guide to good writing
by Martin H. Manser
808.042 M
"Offering clear, straightforward guidance, The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing outlines the basics of writing for anyone looking to improve writing skills or knowledge of the English language" - publisher.


 Things I have to tell you book cover Things I have to tell you
edited by Betsy Franco; photographs by Nina Nickles
818 T
"A collection of poems, stories, and essays written by girls twelve to eighteen years of age and revealing the secrets which enabled them to overcome the challenges they faced" - publisher.


Sharpen your report writing skills book cover Sharpen your report writing skills
by Jennifer Rozines Roy
808.02 R
Learn about report writing and what goes into it to make your report look and read great.



 

Database Highlight

Use LitFinder to find full text online editions of classic poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. (Use your library card to access all BPL databases for FREE.)

To access this database from BPL's website go to Articles & Databases → Teen → LitFinder

 

Websites

 Urban Word
http://www.urbanwordnyc.org/wp/programs/
Develop your writing skills with free workshops.

Creative Writing Contests

Stage of Life – High School
http://www.stageoflife.com/StageHighSchool.aspx
A free blogging community for teen writers making the world a better place, one story at a time.
 
Creative Writing Prompts
http://creativewritingprompts.com/
Practice your writing skills with fresh scenarios.
 
Figment: Write Yourself In
Figment has it all: a community of avid readers and writers, advice, quirky contests, and great style!
 
How to Publish Short Stories
Get your short stories published!
 
How To Write Your Own Manga
Let your favorite manga inspire your writing.
 
Skipping Stones
An international and multicultural magazine for youth with stories, articles and photos from all around the world.
 
Writing with Writers
Get advice from writers themselves on how to write a book review, a myth, a news story, and more.
 
Teen Ink
A magazine written completely by teens.
 
Youth Communication
Publishes magazines, books and newsletters with true stories by teens. 
 
 

Events

NYC Pillow Fight
On Saturday, April 5 there will be "massive pillow fights" in cities all over the world! NYC's will take place from 3:30-5:00pm. Location to be determined. Superhero attire encouraged. Bring a soft pillow, and wait for the signal.
 
World Book Night
April 23 is World Book Night, when volunteers across the world hand out free books to promote reading. Be on the lookout for book givers!
 
Brooklyn Zine Fest
Meet zine creators and discover new work! April 26 and 27 at Brooklyn Historical Society.
 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 2014 Sakura Matsuri
Celebrate cherry blossoms and Japanese culture on April 26 and 27.