Program 8: Flaming Fingertips Teen Journal Writing Workshop

Time of program

2 hours

Program Description

Teens are constantly growing mentally and physically. This program leads them to tap into creativity and gain self-awareness through journal writing. At the end of the program, compile the teens' works into a booklet to give participants. Ask the teens for permission to publish their work online, and upload it onto your library's teen web site. Provide refreshments at the end of program..


Find inspiring quotations from about writing and display them around a poster that says "Writers Write!"


Survey the teens in your community about what type of writing workshop they want: journal writing, poetry, short stories, or creative writing. Invite a local writer, teacher, or professor to present a two to three hour workshop on the most requested topic.

Books to Booktalk

  • Dear Great American Writers School by Sherry Bunin.
  • Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes.
  • My Angelica by Carol Lynch Williams.

Books to Display

  • A Book of Your Own: Keeping a Diary or Journal by Carla Stevens.
  • Write It Down! a Girl's Guide to Keeping a Journal by Erica Smith.
  • Write Where You Are: How to Use Writing to Make Sense of Your Life: A Guide for Teens by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
  • A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves.

Web Sites

Creative Writing for Teens

From communicating to writing tips, offers teens a place to sharpen their writing skills. Teens may also submit writing samples.


Texas Reading Club 2002 Programming Manual / Read Across Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011