continued Reaching young writers by providing information on possible careers in writing is a strong element of the webzine.
One of the writers profiled under the Cool Careers tab is Jennifer Hamburg of Houston, Texas. She has been writing for seven years, and her work consists of a picture book titled “A Moose That Says Moo,” as well as scripts for television programs including “Sesame Street,” “Little Einsteins,” and “Super Why!”
“Anything that can get kids interested and excited about writing is beyond worth it. Especially that age where kids are developing their creative talents and need an outlet for creativity,” said Hamburg of writeinthemiddlecom.
She also said that teens may have some self-doubt concerning their abilities and skills, and that through writing – a quiet creative outlet – it gives them the chance to “learn a little bit about themselves.”
Hamburg said that she’s working on a chapter book for teen readers and has been corresponding with Schwartz and writeinthemiddle.com recently. She has also directed many young writers to the site and hopes to contribute more to the webzine in the coming months.
One big piece of advice she gives young writers is to “read a lot” within every genre. Even if something doesn’t seem interesting, she said, it will “influence you and your writing.” Journaling and keeping diaries are also great for developing thoughts and recording memories.
Schwartz said that her new business is off to a good start and traffic on the site is steady and building, though she continues to seek sponsors.