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Write Now! Young Adults Penning Books for Teens

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that adult authors can even begin to fathom what young adults’ lives are really like. After all, weren’t all those adults all young back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth?┬áHaving just watched the Summer Olympics in London, it seemed even the youngest competitors like 15-year-old British gymnast Rebecca Tunney brought their game faces. It’s no surprise that with children earning college degrees (like Micheal Kearney did at age 10), some inspired teens would turn their talents to the world of fiction. A lot of readers may be familiar with more famous teen authors like S.E. Hinton, who wrote The Outsiders at age 18, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, who published her first book In the Forests of the Night (2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults) in 1999 when she was just 14. Here some more current authors who were all still in high school or college when they got their start in publishing.

Got the drive and the inspiration to write a teen novel? Maybe you just need a good forum for your work. There is a lot of help online.

  • Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
  • Go Teen Writers exists to provide encouragement, instruction, and community for teen writers.
  • Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums.
  • Teen Writers’ Bloc is a community writers’ blog by the students in the New School Creative Writing MFA Program’s Writing for Children division, class of 2012.

I keep a list of things to do, and it’s full of adventures like para-sailing and skiing. If you have a goal of writing a book and being published, why wait for writer’s block? Start on that bestseller today. I hope there are more teen authors out there that I missed; please post below if you make a discovery or want to correct an error in my math.

— Laura C. Perenic, currently reading What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

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  1. Jenn Jenn

    Thanks for the great list! I will be sharing the teen writing sites with my students.

  2. Maria Kramer Maria Kramer

    I wish there was a “like” button for this post. :-)

  3. Laura Perenic Laura Perenic

    I’m glad you are enjoying the post. I couldn’t come up with any ideas and my friends suggested this topic.


  4. Sara Sara

    I’d be curious to see which authors of the popular teen books are in the “older adult” category…. more along the lines of having never been published before or only in their older years. As an inverse subject to this one.

    Thanks for sharing the writing websites.

  5. Wendy Daughdrill Wendy Daughdrill

    Here’s another one! Alexandra Adornetto, the Australian author of the Halo trilogy, was only fifteen when her first book was published.

  6. Laura Perenic Laura Perenic

    Wow, thanks friends for the suggestions. Where are you getting this information? I thought I did a thorough internet scouring but apparently I missed some authors along the way.


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