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Staff Picks- For Young Writer's

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For Young Writers (Juvenile to High School level)

The Artists Way  153.35
By Julia Cameron
This book guides readers through a variety of highly effective exercises and activities that spur imagination and capture new ideas for writing.

The Artists Way Workbook 153.35
By Julia Cameron
This book includes more than 100 writing tasks, an invaluable guide for anyone following the path to higher creativity.

The Artists Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children 153.35 
By Julia Cameron
The author guides and supports parents as they guide their children to greater creativity.

The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing life 808.02
By Julia Cameron
Cameron argues that conventional writing methods actually stifle creativity.  She presents illustrative stories and her personal writing techniques that are designed to unlock one’s creative powers.

Thunder and Lightning-Cracking Open the Writers Craft 808.02
By Natalie Goldberg
With humor and compassion, Goldberg recounts her own mistakes on the way to publication.  She gives advice to  students on how to turn raw material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, and memoirs.

Writing the Landscape of Your Mind (Overdrive)
By Natalie Goldberg
This audio book is a live recording of a workshop which includes the author’s advice on structuring one’s writing.

Zen Howl 808.02
By Natalie Goldberg
An author and a Zen teacher explore the strong connection between writing and Zen examining the four structures of Zen that can be assimilated into the writing practice.

The Writers Idea Book; How to develop great ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenplays (Overdrive)
By Jack Heffron
This book offers insight into developing good writing habits that foster creativity, exploration of one’s own life for writing material, inspiration from the world around us, finding form for one’s ideas, and developing them into a piece of writing.

Artists Journal Workshop: Creating your Life in Words and Pictures 702.81 J664
By Cathy Johnson
An illustrated book that offers guidance, structure and inspiration from 27 international artists to create a meaningful art-journaling lifestyle.

Good Poems: American Places 811.00803
By Garrison Keillor
This latest anthology of poetic works celebrates the American landscapes with diverse selections by contributors such as Nikki Giovanni, William Carlos Williams, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Poems to Learn by Heart 821.008
By Caroline Kennedy
A listing of more than 100 of Kennedy’s favorite poems, these pieces lend themselves well to memory.

Bird By Bird 808.02 L235
By Anne Lamott
Subtitled “Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” this gem is “A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer’s world and its treacherous swamps.  Superb writing advice…hilarious, helpful and provocative.”

Letters to a Young Writer 808.02
By Colum McCann,
The book is an inspirational lesson in how to be a writer with 52 essays written to bring truth and light to a dark world through the writer’s art.

Dusty Windows Volume II: Talking to Local Elders 979.491 D974
By Cynthia Carbone Ward
This collection is a reminder of where we can go for advice and ideas about life.  The sixth grade class learned valuable lessons and the elders who were interviewed learned from the students.