Is writing a dying skill? It appears to me that good writers are in short supply – analytical writers, storytellers, creative writers.
I am talking up writing and publishing in my school because I see the huge gap between what people read, and what (or how) they write. Young people read Dr. Seuss, but hardly take a stab at poetry. They may binge watch on Netflix, but never consider a screen play, or even coming up with a skit. They consume the news, but seldom look at the nuts and bolts of news writing, features, or Op-Eds.
You want to write? Here are a few places to start.
- Khan Academy has a wonderful lesson on the craft of storytelling, from developing character traits, to building a story. Here is a link to the Khan Academy lesson.
- WriteTheWorld, an organization I have been talking to, has a very interesting Poetry and Spoken Word Competition. It’s open to students between the ages of 13 and 18. And there are prizes. $100 for the first prize! More details here.
- Magazine Writing is a niche young people don’t often consider. Writer’s Digest always features helpful ideas on how to get started, and where to look for work.