Youth Resources

Here is a selection of links to resources for and about young readers and writers:

Creative Writing & Reading

UBC Continuing Studies Writing Centre
Academic and creative writing courses for high school students ages 15-18.

The Claremont Review
An international magazine for young writers. Includes information on Claremont Review's contests, how to get published, tips from prominent authors and other resources.

Fiction Writing
Creative writing for teens – practical advice and information on writing prose and poetry, publishing, researching and more.

Fact Monster's Writing Skills Guide
An online guide for kids: how to write essays, research papers, biographies, book reports, etc, and a link to writing bibliographies.

Wet Ink Magazine
Wet Ink Magazine is a literary, visual arts and multimedia magazine for and by Canadian youth aged 13 to 19.

Guys Lit Wire
Writing for teenaged boys.

Reader Girlz
Writing for teenaged girls.

LEAP Playwrighting Intensive
The Arts Club Theatre Company's free program for emerging writers in grade 10 to 12, or University. Students meet weekly to learn about playwriting and create their own work. All programs are led by award-winning playwright and actor Shawn Macdonald.

Spoken Word & Poetry

Spoken Oak
Information about Spoken Word performance in the US and Canada.

Contests & Awards

The Vancouver Writers Fest Youth Writing Contest

The AnxietyBC Writing & Video Contest 2013
A creative writing and video contest for BC youth and young adults (ages 17-29). Create an essay, poem, or video that focuses on the experience of anxiety. Submissions accepted from September 1 - October 29, 2013.

6th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest
Free to enter
Ages 9 – 21
Link: www.juniorauthorscontest.com

Nanowrimo
A 30-day novel writing contest for ages 17 and under.

Our Story - Youth Writing Challenge
A creative writing site for Aboriginal youth.

Vancouver East Cultural Centre Youth Page (VECC)
Provides information about the VECC’s Annual Youth Playwright Competition.

Vancouver Public Library - The Canadian Book Camp
The VPL Summer Day Camp connects youth with a passion for reading and writing with well-known authors and illustrators.

Write for a Better World Contest
Best selling author Eric Walters – creator of Seven: the Series – has teamed up with World Literacy Canada to present the Write for a Better World writing contest for kids.

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award
Recognizes Aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent and awards up to six Aboriginal students with $2,500 annually.

Literacy

TD Canadian Children's Book Week
TD Canadian Children's Book Week celebrates Canadian children's books and the importance of reading.

Pandora's Collective
The Vancouver-based Pandora’s Collective is dedicated to promoting literacy and self-expression in the community. Their website features a youth section.

Reading Rockets
Information and resources on how young kids learn to read.

Reader Girlz
Promotes teen literacy and leadership in girls, and features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. Twice a year, they hold special literacy projects.

Canadian books and writers

Book Centre

Can Lit for Kids

University of Manitoba
Book reviews by young writers.

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