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Online Resources for Creative Teens

Our creative teens section editor, Claire Hennessy, brings you the best websites that will help you get your creative juices flowing! Big thanks to Claire for putting this list together.

Bio: Claire Hennessy is the author of nine novels for young adults; all have been published by Dublin’s Poolbeg Press. Her most recent book, Every Summer, was published in May 2009.

Praise for her writing includes: “Nothing has quite as daringly set out to cross new frontiers” (Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times); “… a perceptive, well-written and well-constructed book by a writer who observes with a clear eye and a sensitive heart.” (Frank Murphy, Children's Books in Ireland); “…mirrors adolescence convincingly.” (Niall MacMonagle, The Irish Times); “Well-written with funny, hard-hitting dialogue.” (Mary Arrigan, The Sunday Tribune); “This sharply-observed tale of the struggle to 'fit in' and combat low self-esteem will strike many resonances with youngsters everywhere.” (Ferdia MacAnna, Sunday Independent); “This new offering is her most daring yet…It’s a mature, thoughtful book.” (Sue Leonard, Woman's Way).

Since the publication of her first book in 2000, she has given readings, talks, and workshops in schools and libraries around the country for children, teenagers, and adults, and has spoken at conferences on topics such as writing for children, teenagers’ reading habits, and creative writing in gifted education.

Claire teaches regularly at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at DCU, and designed and taught two courses concentrating on novel writing for the Irish Writers’ Centre for a number of terms. She is also a member of the Big Smoke Factrory team and teaches courses in novel writing and children's/young adult fiction.

Readergirlz- Looks at books with strong female characters, and includes thought-provoking discussions as well as insights from authors.

TV Tropes - A fun look at character and plot motifs used in books, TV programmes, films, etc.

Fantasy and Worldbuilding Questions - Useful for anyone interested in fantasy, science-fiction, or other speculative genres!

Ten Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing - Whether teens agree with this or not is another story! To be taken with a pinch of salt.

TED talks- Wide range of talks from experts in various fields, including speakers on creativity and writing.

Writer Unboxed - Very useful blog on writing

The Snowflake Method - Not to everyone's taste, but one take on how to outline a novel.

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction - Part 1
Ten Rule of Writing Fiction - Part 2
Advice from various writers in all genres.

Fantasy Name Generator- Another handy one for inventing names in fantasy/speculative worlds!

These are all third party sites, we therefore have no control over their content. For more information on internet safety for kids and teens please consult Webwise.ie, a great intiative from the National Centre for Technology in Education. You can also check out Internet safety advice by and for teens at NSTEENS.



Disclaimer: This is not an expert site, it is run on a voluntary basis and as such is based on opinion and experience but we hope that it acts as a signpost for educational resources and other support services for Irish families with exceptionally able children. By using this website you accept that any dependence by you on such information, opinion or advice is at your own risk.

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