Language & Literature

Learn a language, get help with a school essay, or explore fan fiction! We provide resources for academic and creative writing,  encourages the expression of free speech, and provide materials and programs for young writers.

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Browse this collection of resources on writers and literature.

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Learn practical conversational skills in a variety of languages from our popular language learning app.

Find good books to read. Designed with young readers in mind.

Books

Extraordinary essays by Tamra Orr 

Extraordinary poetry writing by Margaret Ryan

Extraordinary short story writing by Steven Otfinoski

Funny business : conversations with writers of comedy compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

Go teen writers : how to turn your first draft into a published book by Stephanie Morrill & Jill Williamson

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson

How to Not Write Bad : the most common writing problems and the best ways to avoid them by Ben Yagoda

How to write a poem by Margaret Ryan

Leap write in! : adventures in creative writing to s-t-r-e-t-c-h & surprise your one-of-a-kind mind by Karen Benke

Shortcuts for the student writer by Jay Silverman, Elaine Hughes, and Diana Roberts Wienbroer

This is not a writing manual : notes for the young writer in the real world by Kerri Majors

Websites

Alice Marvels
For the teen fiction fiend.

Bartleby.com
Great Books Online

Cliffs Notes
Literature notes for all those books you have to read for English class.

Darkwaves
Advice on every aspect of writing and being published.

Figment
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.

Germ Magazine
Germ is a magazine for girls—high school and beyond—that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in-between.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Amazingly complete college site answers any question about grammar, punctuation, composition, and more.

Internet Public Library Teen Poetry Wiki
Express yourself freely in words and find new ways to do it.

Internet Public Library Teenspace
IPL site with help in research and writing papers, and more.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

NYPL Wordsmith
Submit your writings for online publication to this site run by the New York Public Library Teen Link.

Paper Starter
The best free resource for outstanding essay and paper topics, thesis statements and important quotes.

Rookie
An online publication for teenage girls featuring writing, photography, illustrations, videos, and more.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
For ideas on creative writing.

Shakespeare's Complete Works
Left Romeo & Juliet in your locker? Get the full-text of Shakespeare's works right here.

Sparknotes
Free online study guide for a variety of books - Shakespeare, classics, and modern literature.

Speech Topics Help, Advice & Ideas
Need to give a speech for class or extra-curricular activities? Check out this site.

Teen Voices Magazine
Want to have your writing published? Try this site - geared toward girls.

Teen Ink
A monthly print magazine, website, and a book series all written by teens for teens.

TeenLit
Promoting teen literacy worldwide.

TeenReads
Great teen book reviews, author interviews, and more.

TeenTravel
Talk Travel blog for teens.

VOYA
See how to enter the annual poetry contest, how to submit a cover photo, how to submit a manuscript for the Notes from the Teenage Underground column, or how to become a Teen Reviewer.

YO! Youth Outlook
An award-winning literary journal of youth life in the Bay Area.


Language Translation

Google Language Tools
This site translates words and phrases for you.

 

Fan Fiction

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FanFiction
World's largest fanfiction archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers around the globe gather to share their passion.

FictionAlley
Harry Potter fanfic, fanart, vids, essays, meta, discussion, podcasting, fanfilms and more.

Twilighted
All-inclusive Twilight fan fiction.


Events

Teen Writing Workshops are held annually. Contact the Teen Librarian to find out more.

 

Subject Headings / Dewey Numbers

800's Literature, Rhetoric, & Criticism

Last Revised on
March 2016