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Websites For Young Writers

Updated on October 4, 2011
Fun for the youngest writers.
Fun for the youngest writers.

My daughter wants to be a writer when she grows up. “Oh, how sweet, just like her mom,” you may think. Not quite. She will quickly correct anyone who jumps to that conclusion. “Like J.K. Rowling! Do you know how much money she makes?”

Fortunately, money is not the only thing that motivates this young writer. It is only an issue because she has been told daily for the past 5 years that money is the one thing standing between her and her very own horse. She is fascinated by the Harry Potter series and would like to create a series of her own someday.

She has been writing stories for years now. First, she would dictate her ideas to me and I had to write them word for word. Her first book was The Dinosaur Bone which was followed by her first play, The Princess and The Prince , which tells the story of a princess knight rescuing a rather weak prince, who is unable to save himself from a mean dragon.

She is getting older and writing all on her own now. Out of a desire to encourage her creativity, I began searching for an online writing community just for kids. I know how much I appreciate peer support, and I think she would too.

Interactive Writing Websites For Kids

Here are the best of the sites I explored:

  • NaNoWriMo for Young Writers: As a part of the National Novel Writing Month, this site provides young writers with a personal page to track their novel writing progress as well as tips and encouragement in the process and a forum to discuss challenges. It is most active during the month of November.
  • Young Writers Online is a forum and community for young writers. They also have a chat feature, so be sure to clarify your rules with your child or teen before allowing them to use this platform.
  • KidPub.com: They claim to have the largest collection of kid-authored stories on the web. Kids can post stories, plays and reviews. They can receive and add comments, and enter seasonal contests sponsored by KidPub, for a chance to win prizes such as a $50 Amazon gift certificate. All members are invited to add a paragraph to the collaborative Never-Ending Stories section. KidPub has been online for over ten years and a one-year membership is $12.95.
  • Kids-space.org: This free site is designed for kids 13 and under. In the creative activities section kids can submit artwork or photos to the gallery, read or send in their own stories, or create a cooperative picture book with another child.
  • Kids.faithwriters.com: A writing community for Christian kids ages 7-14. Kids can submit their writing by age, or category. Some categories include stories, poems, riddles and jokes. There is a weekly topic to write about, and the winner is posted on the front page of the site. Members are also able to browse other submissions, comment and make friends.

Choose a site that seems like a good fit for your child. Participation should be a fun and encouraging experience for them. Children should always be monitored when spending time online and teens should be well informed of the dangers of giving out any personal information in forms or through chatting.

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      Deanna Michelle 5 years ago from Vandergrift, PA

      Thanks for the informative Hub...I am a teacher, and am hoping to be hired into a 6th grade writing position, and it can be difficult at times to motivate students to write. The websites you mentioned might prove to be motivating (what kid doesn't want their stuff published? And seeing other kids' word could be very inspiring...) Thanks again!

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      EmKatnissLoveJ 5 years ago

      Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I love to write!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I just had a friend ask where there was a children s writing site. Thank you for the information.

      Sunnie

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      ellierocks 5 years ago

      cool they all sound wicked

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      Sadie 5 years ago

      Nice Hub :)

      I can personally profess that KidPub is an excellent choice. As a novelist even at a young age, I was always anxious for more opinions from my peers. I joined NaNoWriMo, and it was very challenging and pushed me to write, but there was no sense of community. KidPub is a small community, but closer than any I've seen before. I enjoyed my days there immensely; looking back, they were my best. Figment is also a good website, if you don't choose KidPub :)

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      travel-O-grapher 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Wow!!! I didn't know that there were so many communities for kids on writing!!! Wish I knew about it when I was younger (I fancied myself to be a bit of an amatuer writer back in the good ol' days :p). But I'll keep your hub bookmarked for when I've got kids of my own and I can encourage them to spread their wings and fly! Thanx

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      Cindy 5 years ago

      Thank you :) I've been looking for sites like this for a while.

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      Dcarr88 5 years ago from los angeles

      thanks, definitely checking these sites out for my younger sibling, who loves writing little shorts and contributing to my story telling.

      thanks

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Hehe, thnx for the info... ^^

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      carishayabora 6 years ago

      thank you very much for this info, i'm 12 and i'm trying to be a writer, i'm working on this story about a sixteen-year-old girl who was taken from the orphanage and soon found out that she is a Doove (a person born with raven wings and high IQ and gifts) hope i get it finish soon.. thank you very much :)

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      tsion 6 years ago

      this is the first time i joined young writer web site and its cool to share stuff.

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      RishiKS 6 years ago from India

      This is a very informative and inspiring hub. You should promote your hubs on traffup. Anyhow, Voted up :)

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      kig 6 years ago

      i am 10 and i think this is agreat website.i love to read more than anyyhing. i am starting to write a book but i keep getting writers block. have any sugestions?

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      secret 6 years ago

      Oops, forgot to put the link!

      NewMoon.com. It's nothing at all to do with Twilight, it was out ages before Twilight. It's about 19 years old (it was just a magazine before).

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      secret 6 years ago

      I know one that's very good. It's just for girls, and it allows them to share their writing, as well as lots of other stuff. The other girls can give feedback on their writing and you can also communicate through the moderated message board.

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      Saduni 6 years ago

      Good website

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the suggestions - I'll check it out!

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      m rafiq41 6 years ago

      Thanks for the website ideas. Another fantastic, interactive website for kids is www.loving2learn.com

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks xenium!

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      xenium 7 years ago

      best one collection

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Adorababy!

      Kris - thanks for reading and good luck in pursuing your passion to become a writer! I think these sites are a great training ground. :)

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      Kris 7 years ago

      Neato! I'm interested to be a journalist as I grow to be come an adult. These sites may help by giving my positive criticize that I'm looking for. Another website that I have found helpful is Museworks.proboards.com. This is for both adult and children of all ages as long as you have a passion to write. Great for books/novels and short stories. Also poetry and artwork are welcome.

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      The website is great training for child writers who want to hone their craft at an early stage.

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      jbrocks 7 years ago

      this is the best

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank so much - glad you found this article helpful!

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      gnrao 7 years ago from 37,west periasamy road,r.s.puram coimbatore 641002 tamil nadu india

      Excellent.keep up the good work.May God bless you.

      I thank on behalf of the students and the children and their parents in the world.

      Have a nice day

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Eileen! I just keep encouraging my young writer...

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Gee she has done well for a young person. good luck to her. Hope she keeps on writing

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      amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

      I hope she finds one of these sites to be a good match for her!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you so much. My 13 year old is really looking for something like this. I'll have her check it out.

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      amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks so much pertibha! I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      pertibha321 8 years ago from india

      i dont have words to say something you are just perfect always.really a great hub.thanks for it.

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      KidPub 8 years ago

      Hi, I'm the publisher over at KidPub. Thanks for the great writeup! KidPub's strength is the incredible talent of its young writers...they support each other with praise, comments, and encouragement.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Great! Glad to hear it. :)

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      Just what I was looking for, thanks!

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Cailin! Thanks for passing it on. :)

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      Cailin Gallagher 9 years ago from New England

      I'll pass this on to my Harry Potter Fan as well. Thank you.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      I hope you like them! There are many opportunites to nurture young writers. :)

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      Carletta 9 years ago from Texas

      Wow! These are great. I didn't know there were sites like this, and I can't wait to check them out.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks so much Smallbizpro! These sites were more difficult to find than I expected. There really is a good deal of junk aimed at kids, so you are right - it is a bonus to find safe communities for them to participate in. Thanks for reading :)

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      smallbizpro 9 years ago from Toronto, ON

      Great advice, Amy Jane.

      One of the things I've found is that there are limited GOOD resources as it is for adult writers, so to find excellent ones for kids is a major bonus.

      Good luck to your daughter's writing ambitions - she has great genes to help her! :)

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      You're welcome! Glad I could help. Thanks for reading!

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      egSebastian 9 years ago from Beaufort

      Great article!

      I have a 10-year-old who "will become a writer" too, so you article is super useful to us

      Thanks a million!

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Prasadjain, I always like to hear that people are enjoying my hubs! My daughter is 8, but she has always been mature for her age. :) She is very intense about everything that she does, which makes life interesting. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 9 years ago from Tumkur

      Amy, You have already got so many appreciations that this one may not count at all! You are fortunate enough to be the mother of such a child who has high levwel dreams.The way you are guiding is qwuite right.You have not mentioned the age of your child. Perhaps she is making you work more to just guide her. Good unformation

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Peter! By then I am sure there will be bigger and better sites for your little writer to explore! :)

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Great info. I hope these sites are still around in 10 or so years.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Earl, thanks for reading! I hope your sister enjoys the sites - it's amazing how much young kids know about computers and the internet. :)

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      Earl S. Wynn 9 years ago from California

      That's great! My little sister wants to be a writer, so I'll have to send her some of these links. She's getting pretty savvy with a computer too! Haha.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      You are very welcome, Woody! Thanks for reading :)

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      Woody Marx 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't have kids myself, but I do have lots of wonderfully creative nieces!

      Will be sure to pass on the info! Thanks!

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Firetown, thanks for reading - I am always willing to help out if I can!

      Hi Roland, I hope your niece and nephew check out these sites, because they do look like fun. I am sure they would love the social aspect and support of other writers their age. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for reading, Whitney and Abhinaya. I'm glad you liked it!

      Thanks, Neil! You always make my smile! Growing up is really not much fun anyway, so there is no need for you to rush things.:) I am glad that I am not the only 30-something that still gets a healthy amount of encouragement from her parents!

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      rolandfrasier 9 years ago from San Diego, California, USA

      This is great stuff. My nephew and niece have been asking me for resources to help them get started, but I didn't know there were places this good to send them. You hub will be their next stop after they get done texting and playing video games at the same time! :-)

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      firetown 9 years ago from Costa Rica

      Awesome advice, I have a movie idea and will start working on the script shortly. I may hit you up for some advice if that's cool!

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      proudgrandpa 9 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I too want to be a writer when I grow up. On a more serious note, since according to my wife I will never grow up-Lucky her, I think that writing is the imaginative form of reading and we know how valuable that is for our young people. I can imagine she will do very well. She has a great mom. My 39 year old baby boy still gets my encouragement and support. Why else would a 63 year old grandpa be blogging, of all things.

      Thanks for sharing who you are with so many of us.

      NEIL

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Kudos to your daughter,Amy. What an achievement at such a young age!

      I have to check this site out for my kids.Thanks for the useful hub!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      This is a cute idea. I never knew there were writing websites specifically for kids. Cool idea.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for reading, Rudevils...someday you may need these :)

      Hi Violette, thanks for reading. Let me know which one you like best!

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      Violette DeSantis 9 years ago from Broomall, PA

      Thanks for this great Hub. I'm going to be checking them out soon!

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      rudevils 9 years ago from Indonesia

      great resources amy, too bad im not married yet :D

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Let me know which site you both like best! :)

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      Hope Wilbanks 9 years ago from Louisiana

      Great info! I'm going to have my daughter explore these links (after me). She loves reading and has shown an interest and promise as a writer. :)

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Steph, if they want to try some thing most like hubpages, KidPub is the way to go. They are inspired by their Mom, I am sure. :) They are probably wondering how they can get in on all the fun you are having!

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for reading, Uninvited Writer and rmr. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very cool - I had no idea sites like this existed. My kids are fascintated by watching me write, too. But not quite as far along as your daughter.

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      rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Thank you for this hub. My daughter has shown much interest in writing, and I have been looking for a place to get her started.

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Very informative hub.