Adventures in Blogville: A Creative Writing Guide for Teens
Today’s teenagers have incredible, crazy, and brilliant things to say, and creative writing or blogging is an effective outlet for self-expression. Writers are inspired, validated and empowered by blogging because they’ll feel their voices are being heard.
This humorous and quirkily illustrated 24-chapter book teaches students how to write a compelling essay or blog post, one that other people will want to read. It is not a grammar book, but rather, an instructional guide to more colorful and visceral writing. Each chapter introduces a concept, engages the student with entertaining examples, and provides a writing prompt and assignment.
Concepts covered include: How Blogging Can Make You a Better Writer, How to Create a Blog, Grabbing Your Reader from the Beginning, Using Detail to Appeal to the Senses, Active vs. Passive Voice, Metaphors and Similes, Using Dialog, Addressing Writer’s Block and more! It’s a great resource for homeschool educators.
Adventures in Blogville covers some of the same concepts as Andrews’ previous book, Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better, but is aimed at a younger audience in its examples and family-friendly language.
While the book has the word “Teens” in the title, anyone over the age of about 12 or so, including adults, could use this book as a resource for writing more engaging essays, blog posts, and stories.
PRAISE FOR ADVENTURES IN BLOGVILLE…
I wish there had been a book like this available for me when I was in high school. I also love the illustrations and the author’s sense of humor.
—Amber Felix, homeschool mom and blogger.
Adventures in Blogville is easy to read and engaging. It’s the perfect light-hearted tone that teens and young writers need when reading about writing—often a topic they find dull and boring, which Margaret avoids completely with her off-the-wall references and wacky illustrations. Definitely a book I would use for this age group.
—Janna Marlies Maron, Adjunct Professor of English, Sacramento City College. Publisher of Under the Gum Tree magazine. Independent author and editor.
As a former English professor who taught college freshmen, I can’t express how much I wish my students had read Margaret’s book as high school students. Margaret nails some of the most important challenges young writers face and shows them how to express themselves in a concise, well-thought-out manner, while effectively engaging her audience. This book belongs in every high school student’s backpack!
— Nichole Beaudry, Managing Editor of Savvy Sassy Moms. Freelance Writer for SheKnows, AllParenting, and Mamalode.
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