Spilling Ink Writer's Club
Teachers, librarians, homeschoolers, kids . . . start your own Spilling Ink writing club!
Here are a few links and ideas to get you started:
Check out these letters by Irene Kisler, fifth grade teacher, and Kinsey, a sixth grader, both of whom started their own writing clubs. They offer great tips and ideas.
-Enter a Spilling Ink writing contest or other writing contests sponsored by authors or publishers
- Anne and Ellen answer frequently asked writing questions here
Spilling Ink freebies
Download Spilling Ink Writing Club poster here.
How to Give Fabulous Feedback– download the poster here
Spilling Ink Bookmarks and Bookplates
Spilling Ink official “License to Write” download here
Spilling Ink Writing Contract from the book download here
Five Ways to Use Spilling Ink in the Classroom and/or Writing Club download here
I Dare You Cards: download here
To publish your work:
Writing Books for Young Writers
Spilling Ink: A Handbook for Young Writers by Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer
Writing Books for Older Teens and Adult Writers
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
- Letters to a Fiction Writer by Frederick Busch
- The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
Websites with Writing Advice and more for Young Writers
- Ralph Fletcher
- Gail Carson Levine
- Sid Fleischman
- Gilda Joyce—Jennifer Allison’s blog in the voice of her character, Gilda Joyce, offers excellent writing tips
- Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Scholastic story starters: Fun website for grades K-6
- Forty best websites for young writers from Education Portal
- Some of the best writing advice I've seen - from Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan
- Rachelle Burk has a resource page for children's book writers. Scroll down to #29 to find an excellent list of websites, publishing opportunities, etc. for kids who love to write.
- Nathan Branford has some excellent advice for young writers. A must-read!
Neil Gaiman gets to the heart of what you need to be a writer in just over one minute.
Websites with Writing Advice for Older Teen and Adult Writers
Figment: Write Yourself In An online reading and writing community for young adults and fans of YA lit.
via Gotham Writer’s Workshop, This is a great compilation of “Tips from Masters” including Zadie Smith, Elmore Leonard, Jack Kerouac, Billy Wilder, Kurt Vonnegut, P.D. James and more.