Writing Teacher Resources
The primary age range for our services is 9 through 21.
“Today I saw how Polly Wants to be a Writer connected with a student who is desperately crying out for acceptance and understanding.” – Tybie, Gifted Education Helping Teacher
Annual Junior Authors Short Story Contest – FREE to Enter!
Runs January to June 30th every year. Students write a short story on any theme of no more than 1,000 words. Past winning stories are online and can be used as a teaching resource with permission. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. NOTE: We do not accept bulk submissions. Each student must submit via the online entry form. Please make sure that your students follow the entry rules and submission guidelines or their stories will not be judged. Learn More
Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest – FREE to Enter!
Runs July 1st to December 15th every year. Students write a poem of no more than 50 lines on any subject and in any style. Feedback option is available for a small fee. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. Learn More
Polly Wants to Be a Writer
The YA novel Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published was designed with the classroom in mind. If you are teaching fiction writing to your students, this book is a must-have. It will satisfy both your fiction reading and writing component. Learn More
Annual Polly Prize for Creative Writing
Every year a prize of $250 is given to a young writer for achievement in creative writing. Please encourage your students to apply. The deadline is September 30th and only LTC Insider+ Members qualify to enter. Learn More
LTC Insider+ Memberships
For your really keen students. This individual-based membership allows young writers to participate in our weekly writing challenges and enter some of the extra contests like the Polly Prize and the NaNoWriMo prize. Funds raised by this membership (a one-time fee of $29 CAD) help us keep our major writing contests and jaBlog! free to enter and use. This is not a class or group membership. Each student must be under the age of 22 and sign up individually. Learn More
Polly Step-by-Step Writing Workbooks
Polly Wants to Be a Writer Writing Workbooks are available in our store. These are interactive PDF files for download and printing. Learn More
jaBlog! The Blog By and For Young Writers
Our young writers blog is run like an e-zine. It has articles on the art and craft of writing, short stories and poetry written by young writers, interviews with authors, and much more. Encourage your students to browse the article index and to submit something. We welcome beginners. Learn More
Laura Thomas Comm You Tube Channel
This is an ongoing project for us, but stay tuned for videos that will help your students write better fiction and non-fiction. Click here to view our channel. If there is a specific topic that you would like Laura to cover in a 5 – 10 minutes video, please email her.
Laura does a limited number of educational, large group or small group workshop, author visits each year. Learn More
Our website also has pages with writing tips and prompts and a free help page where students can post writing questions and receive assistance at no charge. Laura usually responds within 24 hours. Learn More
Junior Authors Writers Conferences
These are one-day conferences with multiple workshops taught by industry professionals on the art and craft of writing. The JA writing conferences are unique in that they cater only to young writers between the ages of 9 and 21. Meals are included, as is a parent workshop at the end of the day. The conferences take place in various cities each year. They are ticketed events, though we strive to keep the cost affordable and offer financial assistance scholarships to a handful of students. If you have a group that wishes to attend, please get in touch. Learn More
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