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For Further Exploration


  • Lorraine M. Dahlstrom, Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 2000. A year’s worth of creative writing ideas for kids to record in journals.
  • Ralph J. Fletcher, Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words. New York: Avon Books, 1999. A book about the “toolbox” that is inside every writer: words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing come to life.
  • Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. A book designed to give readers an understanding of poetry and to help them write it. Includes interviews with published poets.
  • Lindsey Fraser and J.K. Rowling, Conversations with J.K. Rowling. New York: Scholastic, 2001. The story of the author who writes the famous Harry Potter series. Includes information about her childhood, her struggles, and her career as a writer.

Internet Sources

  • Luke A. and Kortney R., “Interview with Writer Dr. Maya Angelou,” Teen Ink: Interviews Written by Teens. www.teenink.com.
  • Hall of Arts, “Amy Tan: Best-Selling Novelist, Interview,” June 28, 1996. www.achievement.org.


  • Detroit Free Press, Jobs Page: Your Link to Newspaper Careers (www.freep.com). Includes helpful information of interest to aspiring newspaper writers.
  • Morton Grove Kids’ Public Library Webrary (www.webrary.org). An excellent collection of links for kids who love to read and write.
  • PBS Kids (www.pbskids.org). An excellent site for young people who are interested in reading and writing. Includes activities, online games, book reviews, and contests for young writers and illustrators.
  • Stone Soup Magazine (www.stonesoup.com). An online magazine that is entirely created by young writers and artists from all over the world. Young people can read works that have been created by others and submit their own stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork for publication on the site.

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Job Descriptions and Careers, Career and Job Opportunities, Career Search, and Career Choices and ProfilesWriter Job Description