Find Your Writing Niche: Teens and writing

Edith Wharton, author of "Ethan Frome," once owned Le Castel Sainte Clair in Hyeres, France

Edith Wharton, author of “Ethan Frome,” once owned Castel Sainte Claire in Hyeres, France

Writers are inquisitive sorts. They are always eavesdropping on people at the next table, reading obscure texts or nuzzling to unearth a fascinating tidbit. In effect, they are looking for the next story.

I started a new project, that is, I am assisting junior high students in getting their stories published.

How is this looking for the next story?

I want to know what teens are interested in now, what stories they have brewing in their brains, how they are going to express those feeling and ideas.

I started by asking them two questions:

  • How do they like to spend their free time
  • If they could write anything they wanted, what topic/s would they choose

I have not asked them to share that information unless they so desired.

I want them to think, to consider what is important to them and what the rest of the world should know.

I gave them a short list of publications that accept submissions from teens.


My project may result in:

  • Burgeoning young writers
  • A host of teens getting published
  • A book I write for teens who want to be professional writers

I want to help young people find their writing niche.




Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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