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Welcome Young Writers!

Whether you love to weave stories, write personal essays or create poetry, this is the PLACE TO BE!

You’ll find other writers like you, answers to writing and publishing questions, and great sites to check out.

Each week, I hope to give you a topic to write about or  “writing prompts.”  I will do my best to answer any of your writing or publishing questions. I’ll also alert you to new magazines looking for young writers or offering writing contests.

Make sure to keep us up to date on your successes: a high grade or an award on your writing;  glowing compliments on your short story; or if you published a piece of work.  Be proud! This is your place to brag!

Come back often!

Happy writing!

35 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AMoriginal97  |  October 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! This place looks really great! Are there any forums or anything on here? I came here from NaNoWriMo.

  • 2. writerinspired  |  October 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hey, thanks! Glad you like it! No forums yet, I’m pretty new to blogging, not sure if forums can be added on wordpress – but great idea. I’ll definitely look into.

    Enjoy & bring your writing buddies over!

  • 3. spontanious  |  October 11, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I like this it will give me something to do before NaNoWriMo starts!!!!!

  • 4. writerinspired  |  October 11, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Yes! And be sure to come back after – there may be a contest posted that you can send your finished novel to!

  • 5. isers  |  October 12, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Cool! I just came in from nanowrimo! This site looks great!

  • 6. ....  |  October 12, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I don’t honestly know what I am going to write about yet, I’m just going to have to wing it.

  • 7. Gigi  |  October 13, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, this is exciting! I found the link on NaNoWriMo and started squealing…. I love writing sites! Haha. Must go look around now. 🙂

  • 8. writerinspired  |  October 13, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Have fun! Send your friends!

  • 9. Star  |  October 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I love the website. The prompts are great. 🙂

  • 10. The best kid writer ever  |  November 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    wicked website mom. L.O.L

  • 11. The best kid writer ever  |  November 11, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, and P.S. Your AWESOME!!! And for the rest of you I’m her son, David.

  • 12. The best kid writer ever  |  November 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    :() I have 3,000 words written so far.

  • 13. Katie Beirne  |  November 11, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Mary Jo,
    YOU ARE THE BEST! Never before have I had such a fabulous writing teacher. I waqnt to write books that get published and turned into movies, like my uncle’s. I want to do this for my passion and my future fame. You rock Mary Jo!

  • 14. writerinspired  |  November 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks, Katie! That means so much to me. I love teaching; you and my other students are such an inspiration to my own writing goals.
    Keep writing with a passion and you will be PUBLISHED!! Focus on the craft and the heart of your writing, and the fame part will follow naturally. : )
    ~Mary Jo

  • 15. inkfaery  |  November 21, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Hi. *looks around* I’m from NaNoWriMo’s YWP. Very nice site.

  • 16. writerinspired  |  November 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Hey inkfaery! Glad you stopped by. I’m busy “writing like crazy” this month, so not many posts : (
    But be sure to come back in December for lots of writing madness!

  • 17. 16sd  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Great site. It is refreshing to hear about people looking to be published.

    I am 17 years old, the Youth Community Correspondent for the North and East Manchester Advertiser and member of Cleland Thom’s premier gold standard mentoring scheme.

    Check out my website:

    I am adding this site to my blogroll. I hope you can do the same for me.

    • 18. writerinspired  |  January 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      Wow, very impressive for a 17-yr-old. At 17, I was only a correspondent for “trouble!” ; ) I’ll check your site out now! Thanks for adding me! I’ll do the same.

  • 19. C. Grammich  |  January 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Great stuff. What’s your target age group here? I’m wondering which of my kids should be reading this blog. (All of them?)

    • 20. writerinspired  |  January 6, 2009 at 12:02 am

      Hi C. Grammich, Thanks for stopping by. I write to target the average 4th-8th grader, however, the content is useful for writers of any age. Many of the readers from my other blog stop by for concrete tips and writing prompts. (My other blog is
      Come back soon, with all of your kids!

  • 21. C. Grammich  |  January 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Thanks, WI. Will do. And thanks for the tip on the other blog.

  • 22. writelikecrazy!  |  February 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Who or what is NaNoWriMo? I’m very knew to this!

    • 23. writerinspired  |  February 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, which happens every year during the month of November, where writers world-wide vow to write like mad until they complete a new novel from start to finish. Last year, 2008, was the first time I participated (and won!) Everyone signs onto the NaNo site and keeps track of how many words they write each day. For adults, the goal is 50,000 words. For young writers, they are able to set their own goals based on their age or grade level in school. My FRoG class participated last November, as well! Go to the blogroll on the sidebar of this blog to find Young Writers NaNo for tons of info and cool links and forums.

    • 24. randomonium  |  May 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      it’s in november when u try to write a novel in a month

  • 25. Nicholas Jace Mallus  |  September 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    hey, i want 2 create a kids website but i need some nice original content that i just can’t come up with. if i could get some content from other kids, i’d give them a percentage of the site’s earnings. *some content omitted*

    • 26. writerinspired  |  September 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Nicholas – thanks for posting and visiting! How cool that you’ll be putting together a site for kids. Once it’s up, send me the link and I’ll send my readers over to check you out! However, since this is a site for teens and kids, I cannot post your email contact info, but would be happy to post your blog or website address once it’s up! Thanks for understanding!

  • 27. ayunda  |  October 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Wow, this site looks great!! Umm, what do we actually do her and how?

    • 28. writerinspired  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

      Hi ayunda! Thanks for stopping by. This blog is created specifically for young writers who love to write and read and share their work. I often post writing prompts, writing tips and links to great sites for inspiration, contests, etc. I am also beginnin gto host authors who share their experience of publication and free book giveaways.
      Feel free to browse around and leave comments! I am always looking for stories written by young writers to share on this blog, too. If you have anything to share, pls email me: mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net

  • 29. Ariel Stratton  |  January 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    this place looks awesome! i can’t wait to be creative and be my self doing what i love to do.

    W R I T I N G

    From Evanston WY

    • 30. writerinspired  |  January 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Ariel! That’s awesome! Keep coming back for more inspiration!

  • 31. Natalie  |  February 26, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Hi, I’m a little lost. This site has been really motivational and all but do you actually write anything here, or do you read the tips and write in Microsoft Words and workbooks? Sorry for the trouble

    • 32. writerinspired  |  February 28, 2010 at 10:15 am


      Thanks for stopping in! Mostly, the tips and prompts are to help your writing on your own, in your notebook or Word. Sometimes, there are contests and “calls for submission” where you’d submit your stories for publication here! Feel free to comment on any of the prompts with ideas of your own, or parts of a story it helped to inspire. Happy Writing!

  • 33. randomonium  |  May 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Hey mom, you have the best writing advice and awesome stories. ❤ u byez

  • 35. Chloe  |  April 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This website look really cool I want to try it out!! 🙂


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