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January 2015

The essential resource for writers

Join thousands of successful writers when you subscribe to The Writer magazine. Each month The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.

Alicia Anstead

Your role in shaping the next generation

By Alicia Anstead

Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, librarians, friends and community leaders all play a role in literacy. And so do writers. That last group – the writers – is the topic for this issue. If you’ve written a children’s book, middle grade book or YA book – or if you want to – you’ve come to the right place.


Woodson's Windows

By Laura Warrell

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson blends her childhood with history to shape stories for young readers

Boiling down the bones

By Julie Krug

Though she was not an avid reader as a child, Laurie Halse Anderson is now one of the strongest voices for young readers

Power Parody

By Bill Conger

His insights as a teacher inspire Jon Scieszka's quirky stories

Head Start

By Melissa Hart

The best literary journals for teens--run by teens

Identity and emotion

By Megan Kaplon

Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian author, wrote her first YA novel while herself a young adult


Off the Cuff

Book marks

By Hillary Casavant

How childhood reading can shape the writing process


Delusions of grandeur

By Meredith Turits

Recognizing when the dream of a book won't become a reality

Lasting Effect

The unique and universal

By Hillary Casavant

Joyce Carol Oates suggests digging deep to gain inspiration

Freelance Success

5 steps to a great book contract

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Why simply writing a great manuscript and sending it to a publisher just doesn't work

Market Focus

Get digi with it

By Dale McGarrigle

How tech-savvy kids may affect your work

Literary Spotlight

Teen spirit

By Melissa Hart

A literary journal that encourages youthful creativity

Class Action

Critical background check

By Hillary Casavant

How an MFA program can help craft and connect children's and YA authors

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

What teens want, Flynn Meaney, how to incorporate text slang into your writing, revitalizing your workspace, prompts, and more

Grants, fellowships, and awards


How I Write

Tanuja Desai Hidier: "The work itself provides inspiration."