Archive for February, 2009

Wanna join the Hottest writers group to hit the scene?



The energy of a room full of young writers: pens tapping, notebook pages rustling and the voice on the mic 20 feet away is that of a best selling author! Learn how published authors come up with their ideas; how they write realistic characters even though those characters may slay dragons; tips to combat writers block and much, much more. All for being a part of Capitol City Young Writers.

Capitol City Young Writers is a new non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and inspiring young writers world wide.  “The goal is to educate not only on the art and craft of writing in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir and screenplay, but in real world applications of writing such as broadcast radio, journalism and technical writing.”

A young writer located anywhere in the world can become a member: a Senior Member would be those in grades 6-12 and a Junior Member would be any grade up to grade 6.

What do you get as a member*? A Junior Member will have access to all on-line materials, including  video tapings of 5 meetings each year, the Write On! Newsletter published 4 times a year and a chance to participate in writing contests year-round. Senior Members will have all the above benefits, plus the ability to attend the 5 meetings a year, each hosted by new guest speakers (authors, literary agents, editors, etc.) and participate in hands-on writing workshops. Plus, the Senior Members can apply for internship opportunities to work on and/or edit the CCYW Annual Literary Journal (a collection of writing by young writers!), attend writers’ conferences and writers’ workshops.  Our Senior Members will also have the rare and exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a published author in a mentor program (details to be posted soon.)

Good Golly – what could all of this cost me??

$100 a year? No

$80 a year? Not even close!

$56.78 a year? Alright, now you’re getting sarcastic.

Members of any level can join for the annual fee of $25. That’s right, folks! $25 for all you see here and more. But Wait! If you join right now we’ll throw in this fine handcrafted silver-plated collection of Ginsu Knives!

Just kidding!!

But, seriously, guys. Haven’t you been wanting to take your writing to the next level? Capitol City Young Writers is that level. Dream. Write. Publish.

To learn about the organization, upcoming meetings, events and contest deadlines and to sign up for your membership, visit

*Currently all meetings are being held in Sacramento, CA, but our goal is to have a CCYW location hosted in every capitol city in the US.  All members will still be able to “attend” on-line via tapings of the most recent meeting.

**We also have sponsorship opportunities for your teacher! He or she can join as a Sponsor for only $10/year and have the same access and benefits as that of a Junior Member.  Spread the word!


February 24, 2009 at 4:47 am 1 comment

The importance of Journaling

Hey young writers! I’m giving a key note speech on how to begin the method of journaling and the many benefits  journaling brings to you!

This is exclusively for girls in grades 4th-6th and live in or near the Downers Grove, IL area.

Read on for more information, but hurry! the deadline to register is tomorrow!!

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Calling all 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Girls!
You’re Invited!

Chick Chat is a one day workshop for 4th-6th grade girls that provides a safe, nurturing environment where they can learn about themselves, build their self concept and have fun!

Go to our website and download your registration form NOW!

Our Fourth Annual Chick Chat Event Has Returned!

DATE: Sat. March 7
TIME: 9:00 – 3:30
LOCATION: Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove, IL

Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch and all materials).  Registration deadline is Monday, 2/23!  Due to planning and preparation deadlines, no walk-ins or late registrations will be accepted.
Can’t wait to see you on March 7th!

Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence, Inc.

February 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

5 Prompt Friday

  1. Pull a recent news story and drop one of your characters in as the victim.
  2. A stranger texts your phone – what did they say?
  3. Write about a birthday party where no guests show up.
  4. What if it snowed in different colors?
  5. If you could trade houses with any of your friends, who would it be and why? Now, throw a party there – write about the characters that show up.

Please share your stories with us! Post them in the comments.

February 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Wacky Wednesdays!


Use one of these wacky writing prompts to kick start a story or two…

  1. You get a new babysitting job, only to find out when you arrive at the house – you’ll be babysitting chimpanzees!
  2. Your school is on an island and there is no bus – just a large pontoon boat that takes you and fellow students there.
  3. Write from the POV (point of view) of your shoe.  Is he/she happy in their job? Do they enjoy walking, skipping or jogging most? What about puddles, gum and ahem – doggy “business?”

Now get writing, but come back to share bits of your stories here! Just type them into the comments section (or copy/paste from your word document.)

Let’s see how wacky you guys really are…

February 18, 2009 at 11:26 am

Use your I*m*a*g*i*n*a*t*i*o*n!

“Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.”

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Author and Publicist


 No matter if you write fantasy, horror, chick lit or even creative nonfiction – an imagination is key! What starts as a twinkle in the daydreams of writers become stories woven onto the page.

Don’t let anyone tell you to stop day dreaming or that your ideas or goals are foolish. All great things begin with a new, fresh idea!

So, how do you use your imagination, you ask? Take real life situations and observations and put a twist on them: a fellow student gets to the lunch line late and misses the last slice of pizza. Instead of sulking and picking something else to eat, What if   he freaks out, yells at the cafeteria staff, climbs over the counter and begins to rummage through ingredients to make his own pizza? Now that’s a story!

Share your imagination warm-ups here with other young writers. This is your community – participate daily!

February 17, 2009 at 11:05 am 2 comments

Wacky Wednesday!


Start a story using one of these wacky ideas!

  1. “Mrs. Warda caught me picking me nose!”
  2. Imagine you could only travel by snake: you would be swallowed whole and then slithered to your destination and spit back out!
  3. What if costume noses where the new fashion craze? (Clown nose for feeling silly; witch nose if you’re feeling evil)

February 11, 2009 at 4:11 am

Monday Memories…


Today, I’d like you to make a list of memories and then expand on them using your 5 senses (sight, touch, taste, sound, smell):

  1. First day of school you can remember (kindergarten? preschool?) Describe in as much detail as possible.
  2. First time you saw an adult cry. (What was going on? How did it make you feel?)
  3. First crush – did you like them first; did they give you the time of day?
  4. First toy, game, book, etc you bought with your own money. How did you save for it? How did it feel handing over that cash?
  5. First fight you had with your best friend – did the friendship survive? Was it because of a 3rd party?

If I hear some of your memories, I’ll share some of mine! But, I don’t want to be the only one talking over here…

February 9, 2009 at 4:57 am

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