For episode #97 we talk to Alex Trivas, an English teacher at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California and the creator of One Billion Poets, a new website that uses social networking tools to expose teens to poetry.
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After listening to the podcast, please take a look at the website OneBillionPoets.com and let us know what you think in the comments section. Alex also published a helpful article listing writing prompts and exercises that can be used in the classroom and in conjunction with his site.
This episode’s guest is Katie Robbins of Figment, a new website devoted to Young Adult literature and creative writing for teens.
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If you have a chance to check out Figment’s site, come back and let us know what you think in the comments field of this post. You may follow the links below to find Figment’s site as well as other resources mentioned in the episode.
Figment News Blog
Figment Review Blog
NY Times Article on Figment’s launch
The County of Los Angeles Public Library Teen Services department has created some materials that libraries can use to plan and implement library programs relating to the reading writing connection, in particular with diary/journal writing. The resources can be accessed from Meg Cabot’s web site. They include program ideas, a suggested book list, journal starters and downloadable journal pages. YALSA also has a Popular Paperbacks list called “Lock It, Lick It, Click It: diaries, letters and emails,” which can be accessed from PPYA’s web page.
A member of the collection development team at my library, shared Harper Collins ‘HarperTeen FanLit Writing Event’. “From October 17th to December 15th, HarperTeen editors and authors invite you to join thousands of fans online to collectively create an original short story—one chapter at a time.”
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