During the year of 2020, I made a New Year’s Resolution to write one poem a day for the entire year. It was the first time I fulfilled a resolution in its entirety, and to this date it’s one of my proudest accomplishments. I learned a lot with this project, some good things and some bad.
For one of my classes in college, our required reading included Stephen King’s part-memoir-part-writing-advice-guide book, On Writing. Towards the end, King lists off some tips to help you become a better writer. One of the tips made everyone in the class groan in a chorus of “ooooh” because of how obvious it was.
The tip? Read a lot.
November will be a month of ecstasy for the book community, it seems. From promising debut titles to long-expected sequels, here’s a list of five book releases you can’t miss this month.
Did you know The Young Writer’s Initiative (TYWI) hosts a podcast? It’s true! Moving Write Along is a podcast made by young writers, for young writers. Whether you like listening to original stories or debates about plotter vs. pantser, this podcast has you covered. You wouldn’t know from listening that the three hosts have only just met, and this speaks to their chemistry and wit. Moving Write Along fosters a community of encouragement and accessibility, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to interview the three lovely hosts — Ruby, Kat, and Ray — of this writerly podcast. Would you like to meet them?
School's out and pride month is in full swing! It’s a great time to get some writing out there if you haven’t already. Whether you’re an LGBTQ+ writer, or writing about LGBTQ+ characters, here’s a good resource list for places that are judgment free.
Before I list them out I’d like to explain a little bit what these sites offer. Some sites are larger publishers that have opportunities for young writers like Lambda Literary. Others are literary magazines and journals that specialize in LGBTQ+ writing or minority authors. Some resources are just tried and true at TYWI. And some are safe spaces to publish freely without censorship. Whether you’re out or closeted, these are great places to publish your sapphic love stories, journeys of self-discovery, or anything else you feel ready to share to the world.
Here's what the photography and poetry winners of the JUVEN Era Contest have to say about their craft, their process, community and themselves. Photography winner Sara Staker talks her photography journey, challenges; Poetry winner Ivi Hua talks rejection, her process, the meaning of her poem, and what's next on her TBR.
Juven is not a word, but it is the stem of a word "juvenile," but we decided against that because it didn't have the same ring. Juven is the companion literary magazine and press to The Young Writers Initiative. We wanted to rebrand and make Juven something that thrives on its own as well, and we do have some ambitious plans (like chapbooks, anthologies, and even novels). Juven is dedicated to youthful voices, but our press is not restricted to writers under 26 because we want to open the possibilities, but we're always looking for work that reminds us of that juven spirit.
But what does it mean be have a "juven" spirit with your writing?