Explore Learning Pathways: Writing for Adults and Teens

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of writing-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers will discover the keys to writing a compelling story for free @ your library. From developing your talent to marketing your story to literary agents and editors, the library has resources to help get you started on your writing journey. 

So pull down your learning swim caps and let's get started with Writing for Adults and Teens!

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FreedomThe Freedom Writers Diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them by the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Inner-city students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings, inspired by their teacher Erin Gruwell and other famous teen diarists Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go - and refused to listen.

SecretsI Can't Keep My Own Secrets: six-word memoirs by teens & famous obscure: from Smith magazine edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith

According to Facebook, we broke up. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.

Wired Wired for Story: the writer's guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence by Lisa Cron

This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element.


WritersMarketWriter's Market editor Robert Lee Brewer

This book guides you through the process of getting published with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published, and much more!

WritingBonesWriting Down the Bones: freeing the writer within by Natalie Goldberg

This book offers encouragement and advice on many aspects of the writer's craft, from first thoughts to the use and misuse of adverbs, from where the best places are to write to developing your skills in the art of listening. Based on the premise that writing creatively helps us to comprehend and value our lives, the book should help readers to learn and value the art of writing in their lives. The chapters covers topics from writing practice and using loneliness, to beating self-doubt.

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EvanovichJanet Evanovich's How I Write: secrets of a bestselling author by Janet Evanovich

Using a witty Q&A format, Evanovich and creative writing professor Ina Yalof detail the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and address all categories of fiction—from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection.

OnWritingOn Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King

On Writing is both a textbook for writers and a memoir of Stephen's life and will, thus, appeal even to those who are not aspiring writers. If you've always wondered what led Steve to become a writer and how he came to be the success he is today, this will answer those questions.

SeizeSeize the Story: a handbook for teens who like to write by Victoria Hanley

Victoria Hanley, award-winning author of young adult fiction, spills the secrets for bringing action, adventure, humor, and drama to stories. All of the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to exciting plots,are laid out clearly and illustrated with examples taken straight from story excerpts by excellent writers. The book is packed with writing exercises designed to encourage teens to tell the stories that are theirs alone.


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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more writing programs.

Dig Deeper with Databases

BrainFuseBrainFuse -  Get live homework assistance from online tutors. Also offers a 24-hour writing lab!





EBSCOHostEBSCOhost-  Provides full-text access to a large amount of information in multiple formats. Follow link for resources on writing tips.



Explore These Internet Resources

Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Oklahoma Chapter

Writer's Digest


Explore These Writing Magazines at Your Library


For more writing resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

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As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!