Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rip The Page ... A Fun Book for Young Writers

...Win a copy of Rip The Page ... if you know a young writer, here is your chance to win a copy of this great resource for writers of all ages. Do you have a writing tip to share? Leave a comment below to enter the contest.

Rip The Page!
Adventures in Creative Writing
By Karen Benke

“Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to get your writing to flow off the page! … with zany prompts … and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors ….”

Dear Teen Author,

This is a book is for you. It is full of creative ideas designed to excite and encourage you to write. There are question to ask yourself and lists full of words to drop onto the page. There are notes from other writers, like Naomi Shihab Nye who will tell you that there is nothing too small to notice. And C.B. Follett who will suggest that you “let your poem lead you.” Award winning author Karen Cushman writes to find out what happens to her characters. And so can you.

Do you have a memory that won’t go away? Questions without answers? A desire to show and not tell? This book will help you uncover the stories of your life and help you capture them in a fresh, new way, and drop them onto the page.

Author Karen Benke says: “It’s a book for you to write in, explore, share, and rip— that’s right, you get to tear pages right out of this book!”

One more thing … there are names and addresses of publishers who just might be interested in your first, or next story.


Note: If you ever imagined that you might have a story to tell Rip The Page is the book is for you.


Kate Wicker said...

I'd love a chance to win! Thank you!

Kate Wicker said...

I just realized that in my hasted I failed to provide a tip for writers. This is kind of no-brainer, but just keep writing. The more you write, the more you'll hone your craft. I also think reading helps readers, too.

As for raising kids who love to write, start by encouraging your children to pick up a pencil or hammer away at the keyboard. Again, this might sound obvious, but sometimes we may think we’re encouraging our child when we’re doing just the opposite. Let’s say your child reads you a story that really doesn’t make logical sense. Or maybe your child always writes about a magical world and nothing else. It’s tempting to point out that this or that doesn’t make sense or to ask your child to write about something different for a change. You might feel your words are innocuous, but kids are sensitive muses, and we have to be careful when looking at their works in progress.

Kate Wicker said...

Geez...not another comment from me, but I meant to write, "...in my haste..." :-)

Patricia said...

Kate, thank you for the advice. I agree children do need to feel as if their stories are valued by the adults around them. Who knows you might be raising a future best-selling author. Great reminder.