Teen Writers Program

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Teen Fiction Writers! You’ll find a list of our upcoming programming for teens—workshops, critique sessions, author readings, and more—as well as some resources for writing prompts, blogs about writing, and how to connect with other writers.

Upcoming Free Programs

Our programming is specialized toward teens to engage, encourage, and support your writing journey and projects. Most programs will be free to attend! We look forward to see you there!

May Free Program with Anne Marie: Common Sense: a hands-on approach to immersive descriptions – FOR TEENS ONLY

Saturday, May 12, 12pm-4pm | Sam Gary Library l 2961 Roslyn St. Denver, CO 80238

By immersing participants in sensory experiences, our workshop pushes writers out of their mundane description rut and helps them translate the emotions and memories brought up during the session into writing a more compelling scene. We start with a stripped-down scene to show how sensory details can be added to build setting, character, atmosphere, and voice. During the auditory experience, participants are asked to close their eyes and focus on five different sounds. We break down into smaller groups for the last four senses to allow for a more personal experience at each station. For sight, they are presented with five images. For touch, participants reach into a box for a unique tactile experience where they are unable to see what they are feeling. During the smells, participants sniff with their eyes closed to block out their other senses. Lastly for taste, participants will eat out of cups to avoid touching or seeing the food. Asking questions like “does this taste have a color?” and “what does this smell remind you of?” guides participants to connect emotions and memories to sensory experiences. We also provide literary examples to show how each sense can be utilized in a scene.

Presenter bios:

Anne Marie was born in Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado for a BA in English Literature, where she fell in love with folklore and myths from around the world. She adores languages, great white sharks, and the impossible. Her work usually includes two of the three.

Audrey Goshorn is a Colorado native who doesn’t ski, mountain bike, or drink craft beer. A member of Pikes Peak Writers, she enjoys writing YA sci-fi and paranormal fiction. After writing countless short stories, she’s currently working on her first novel.

Hashtags

Looking for your fellow writers online? Here are some popular ways to connect with others and share what you’re working on through social media.

• Follow @litchat on Twitter for a one-hour #litchat (every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm ET) to discuss books and writing.
• Are you in “Butt in chair, hands on keyboard” mode? Share what you’re working on with the #amwriting or #amediting tags.
• Search #writingprompt for some helpful ideas when you need a jog for your imagination.
• Want a challenge? Find a #writingsprint and crank those words out!
• Quoting your own book? Share it with #novelines.
• April is #poetrymonth.
• May is National Short Story Month! #shortreads
• November is National Novel Writing Month #nanowrimo

Other hashtags you might find a use for:

#wordcount
#writerwednesday
#writerslife
#scriptchat (for screenplay writers)

Writing Blogs

Keep up with the writing world and get some tips and exercise to improve your writing. These are some of the most popular blogs on writing.

Write to Done
Grammarly
The Creative Penn
Daily Writing Tips
Helping Writers Become Authors
Writer’s Digest

Creative Writing Exercises

Writer’s block? Try one or more of these exercises to get the creativity flowing again.

• Write from a different character’s point of view.
• Do you normally write fiction? Try a poem, screenplay, or other medium you’re not used to.
• Visit Pinterest or Instagram for some visual stimulation (or check out some of these visual prompts). Scroll through until something strikes your interest and try telling your story in that setting or from what you imagine that person’s point of view might be like.
• Watch a movie in the same genre or about a similar theme to your story to get yourself thinking about new directions.
• Where do you write? In bed, on the couch, at a desk? Try getting outside or writing in a new environment, or just a new position (e.g., standing instead of sitting).
• Do you write on a computer? Try writing longhand. It’s slower, but the tactile process of putting pen to paper can draw out new ideas.
• Try a plot generator (here’s a fun one.) You might get something silly or you might end up with a little nugget of inspiration to lead you to your next story.

Resources

Nanowrimo Young Writers Program
Find pep talks, worksheets, videos, blog posts, and other tips to help you tell your story.
Lighthouse Writers – Young Writers Program outreach
The Lighthouse Writers young writers outreach program is based in the Denver area. To get involved with the Lighthouse Writers and have writing workshops and lectures at your school, get in touch with them through their website.
• Looking for a character checklist to help you flesh out your characters?
• Struggling to nail down the progression of your plot? Write to Done has a great article breaking down the three-act structure by showing examples of that structure at work in the Star Wars film A New Hope.


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