Sunday, 11 September 2011

Story Jamming and SftW...

The new logo - the site got
majorly revamped
a while ago!
Just promoting a site of some friends of mine...Stories From The Web (SftW) are an organisation who run a fantastic website and some other projects encouraging kids and teenagers to read and write. And it's not just the old 'Reading is something everyone has to do' or 'Write because it'll help you at school' stuff, either. (Which, in my experience, doesn't actually help, but that's another blog-post-slash-rant entirely.)

They have activities and kick-starts which develop imagination and the desire to read, but as well as trying to get children to read and write more, they provide a place for kids who are already writers and readers to express themselves. That's the main reason why I love it. Because sometimes kids find it hard to say that they like to read or write, and they need somewhere to start off and get feedback. I know I did. Now I'm completely confident in what I want to do, and Stories From The Web was one of the first places where I felt like that.

The lovely team there moderate and create new things for members all the time - you can just send in your work, everything from stories to poetry to reviews  - or you can take part in the competitions, discussions, polls, read the author interviews and look at the advice section (Another of my favourite parts - they have everything, from podcasts byAli Sparkes to tips from everyone from Malorie Blackman to Anthony Horowitz to Maggie Stiefvater, and so many more I could mention, but you'll have to go on the site to find otu because it would take me all day to list them here!) - and put an incredible amount of work into the site. They are also very, very cool to boot.

The website is a safe online environment with different sections for different ages groups, and if there are any young readers of this blog (who haven't been scared away by our insanity) I urge you to GO CHECK IT OUT - NOW!  Last year it became a members only site, but it can be accessed through libraries (there's a list of which ones signed up and everything for you!) and schools, and the blog is open to everyone. Stories From The Web really helped me when I was writing first, and it really deserves to be more widely known.

Here's the all important link  for the Stories From the Web Blog. from there you can find out everything you need to know (that I haven't told you already) - I hope you take some time to look around.

Which brings me onto another part of Stories From The Web - Story Jamming. It's a brand new spin-off site - where some of SftW's members post chapters of stories they've written based on a Story Start by author Emily Diamand. Every week the new chapters will be put up, and I'd really appreciate if y'all could help get if off the ground. You can email the team if you want to join in for the next round, so it's well worth a look. You can read the first chapters, and see Emily Diamand's Story Jamming blog here!

Anyway, enough of my rambling - I'm sure you have plenty of links to follow...

And no, that was not a hint at all. No way.


And, oh my Lord, I have just posted twice in one day? It really must be Christmas after all...

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