Offering Encouragement and Opportunities for Teen Writers

Guest Blogger: YA Novelist Shannon Dittemore

Shannon Dittemore

“Why mentor teen writers?”

It’s a question I get asked a lot. Especially by other authors who are as busy as I am working on their craft and writing their own stories.

The answer is a simple one: I do it because I love it.

I’ve worked with teens for years, and when my kids’ school reached out, looking for community mentors, I jumped at the opportunity. It allowed me to check off those dreaded volunteer hours all while talking books and writing with my favorite audience: junior high and high school students.

And when I was asked to join the faculty at Southern California Christian Writers’ Conference, I begged and pleaded for the teen track and they gave it to me. I cannot tell you how excited I am for these six sessions.