However, just because I want to write, doesn't mean the stories always flow effortlessly. I know how hard it can be to face a blank page or screen. That empty space stares back at you as if to say, you’re not a “real writer.” Even when the ideas are flowing, it takes courage to pour yourself onto the page and it takes persistence to see a project through to the end. On top of all that, writing can be a lonely pursuit often done in solitary confinement.
Fortunately, if you've been bitten by the writing bug, you’re not alone. The library offers support and friendship through teen writing clubs at all three branches. Do you love to write? Would you like to get feedback on your work and connect with other teen writers? All types of writing are welcome: blogs, journals, short stories, poetry, novels… if you write it, we will read it!
The Fauquier County Public Library Teen Writing Clubs meet on the following dates and locations:
4 p.m. first Tuesdays - Bealeton Library (540) 422-8535
7 p.m. first Tuesdays and 7 p.m. third Mondays – Warrenton Library (540) 422-8516
5 p.m. third Tuesdays – John Marshall Library (540) 422-8527
Adam Canfield of the Slash follows middle-schoolers Adam and Jennifer, who while serving as co-editors of their school newspaper, uncover fraud and corruption in their school and in the city's government.
The library also has lots of resources that offer advice to up-and-coming young authors.
Spilling Ink combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to find one's voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer's block
In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of making magic with your writing.
Immersed in Verse is subtitled an informative, slightly irreverent and totally tremendous guide to living the poet's life.
Now that you’re inspired to write, it’s time to polish up that poetry or short story and submit to our Teen Writing Challenge. The deadline for submissions is quickly approaching on April 9. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to send in their original works: up to three poems or one short story (500 words max).
It's easy to enter. First, check out the entry guidelines.
Contestants can submit their work online here or at any branch of the Fauquier County Public Library. If you are under 18, don't forget to get your parent's authorization before entering.
You can learn more about our writing groups and the Teen Writing Challenge as well as other programs just for teens on the teen page of our website. Also check out the writings of last year's contest winners.
Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library