Creative writing chat rooms for teens provides a haven for those with a passion for writing. With increased curricular demands and looming standardized tests, there is often little room for creative writing in high school English classes. If you enjoy writing, but none of your friends share your interest, you may be interested in connecting with like-minded teens online.
Creative Writing Forum for Teens
The Young Writers Club is an online resource for kids and teens interested in writing. The site's chatwall combines the back-and-forth interaction of a chat room with the asynchronous nature of a forum. Their live chat is not currently online but may become available in the future.
Related Online Resources
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find creative writing chat rooms for teens. You may also find these related online resources useful:
- Writing-World.com offers a list of links for young writers, including several links to creative writing mailing lists. A mailing list can provide a similar experience to a creative writing chat room, except the conversation takes place over several days instead of during a set time period.
- Teens looking for a more formal creative writing experience may enjoy the six-week online courses from Gotham Writers' Workshop, a respected name in the writing world. They are divided into two age levels; with one class for 11-14-year-olds and another for 15-18-year-olds, so teens can feel comfortable working with peers around their own age and maturity level. Unlike many online resources, however, these writing courses are not free; tuition is currently set at $295.
The following tips will help you stay safe and get the most out of your chat experience.
- Practice safe online practices. Never reveal your full name, address, phone number, school, or other identifying information. Remember that not everyone is who he or she claims to be online. If someone is making you uncomfortable, tell an adult.
- Follow your parents' rules for computer use.
- Decide what you want from the chat experience before you begin. Do you simply want to share your work, or are you looking for concrete feedback to help you improve your writing?
- Come to the chat with work to share. You may want to have an "assignment" or theme for each meeting.
- If you're interested in publishing your work in the future, make sure the chat transcript or your forum postings will not be openly available online. Many publications will not consider work that has previously appeared online, or they will offer a smaller payment for a "reprint" article or poem.
- Structure your chat time. It can be easy to get off track when talking online. If you find your writing friends talking more about their weekend plans than your poetry, you may want to remind everyone why you've joined the chat.
- Don't take criticism personally. Think of it as a chance to grow.
- Don't be afraid to give feedback. However, you should always try to balance positive and negative comments.
- Have fun with the experience.