Want to write fiction but need help perfecting your talent? The Waukegan Public Library has the how-to books you or your children need to learn more about writing.
Creative Writing Resources at the Waukegan Public Library
How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich
The Secret Miracle : The Novelist’s Handbook Edited by Daniel Alarcon
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
Write a Novel and Get It Published by Nigel Watts
Writing Resources for Children at WPL
Be a Creative Writer by Tish Farrell
40 Writing Prompts with Graphic Oranizers by Stefan Czarnecki
Picture Yourself Writing Drama: Using Photos to Inspire Writing by Barbara A. Tyler
Picture Yourself Writing Fiction: Using Photos to Inspire Writing by Sheila Griffin Llanas
Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing by Laura Purdie Salas
Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke
Writer’s Toolbox by Nancy Loewen
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
Now Write! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis with Laurie Lamson
The Screenwriter’s Handbook 2010 by Barry Turner
Screenwriting: A Practical Guide to Pursuing the Art by Jason Skog (children’s non-fiction)
If you would like help forming writing topics then click on the links below. They offer pictures and situations intended to spark your imagination.
Creative Writing Prompts
Writing Prompts You will be given a story topic and a corresponding picture. Be prepared to stretch your creativity!
Writer’s Digest Get ready for an adventure as you develop stories for the events described on this website.
Teaching Ideas Each of these pictures will help you create a thousand words (or more) of a story. A short question about each photo is provided to get you started.
Every Photo Tells a Story Delve into the beautiful artwork shown on this site by using the photos and paintings to begin writing.
Easy Literacy Provides pictures that will help children create short stories with their parents.
Easy Literacy 2 Guides students through picture prompts that are useful in thinking of stories.