Archive for month: November, 2018

“Write your story, and don’t be afraid to write it” — a sci-fi writer talks about finding her voice and being a superhero

Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor writes the kind of drop-everything, Africa-based fantasy and sci-fi that she never saw on bookshelves growing up. Here, she talks about the authors that shaped her, her inspirations (traffic! jellyfish!) and her collaboration with Marvel. Nnedi Okorafor is [...]

Start a teen literary magazine

BIO “My high school students don’t see themselves as writers,” says Jennifer Ward, a high school English teacher in Grandville, Michigan. “They come into class and declare, ‘I hate writing!’ They don’t see their stories, their experiences, their voices as [...]

5 practical ways to keep your creative resolutions

The Oxford English Dictionary defines creativity as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” How will you exercise your creativity this year? To keep your creative resolutions, try these 5 process-oriented tips: 1. Choose a goal [...]

Editor’s checklist: 8 ways to improve your nonfiction writing in 10 minutes

Ready to improve your next blog post, school essay or how-to article? Try these self-editing tips after you write a first draft: Find the main idea + put it first. Writers frequently throw away a first paragraph on throat-clearing, explanatory [...]

20 creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes

What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let’s find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 20 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books’ 642 Tiny Things to Write About. Each prompt was created by a [...]