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Doug Wilhelm is a full-time writer and an independent publisher in Weybridge, Vemont. His newest book is the novel STREET OF STORYTELLERS (Rootstock, 2019). His 15 previous novels for young adults include THE REVEALERS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), which has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in well over 1,000 middle schools.

My new year's project: student writing sites

Happy New Year! One of my projects for January is to develop a series of blog postings on good, safe sites where young people who are interested in writing can post their work, and can read work by others.

In my school visits I'm often asked what young writers can do to get published. In fact, thanks to the Internet there are more opportunities to be published today than ever before. The site I always recommend is www.teenink.com — it's a fantastic resource, both a website and a monthly print publication that is entirely written by young people. If you don't know it and you're interested, check it out! Also, in Vermont we have the incredible Young Writers Project, which through hard work by its founding director, Geof Gevalt, and his many collaborators around the state has become an active, well-read venue for emerging writers all over Vermont. I wish every state had a Young Writers Project; but as far as I know, ours is unique.

So what else is out there? I'm interested in checking out, and reviewing here, any sites — including fan-fiction sites — that are good places where young writers can be published, can read work by others, and that are safe. Can you suggest any?

Internet publication is publication. It's a way to get your writing out there, to get it read, and potentially to get feedback and develop an audience. We're in a new age for sharing our creative work, so what's out there?

I'm not so interested in blogging sites; anyone can create a blog, but this can be a pretty solitary undertaking. Where are the sites that are creating communities of young writers and readers?

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