15 Creative Writing Books for Tweens & Teens

Further ignite a passion for writing.

Helping kids build strong literacy skills can also ignite an interest in creative writing. Tweens and teens in particular may crave opportunities to express themselves via silly stories, dramatic narratives, or free-flowing verse. The following creative writing books for teens are excellent resources for middle school and high school students wanting to delve deeper into crafting poetry and prose. 

Creative Writing Books for Tweens

Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word by Paul Fleischman

This illustrated biographical anthology explains how famous writers throughout history having played with word structure and phonics.

Brave The Page by Rebecca Stern and Grant Faulkner

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)’s “how-to” guide for middle school students on crafting characters, plots, and settings.

Create Your Own Graphic Novel: A Guide for Kids by David Wayne Chiu

Young writers will get pro drawing tips along with step-by-step instructions on developing a visual storyboard.

Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas

Bestselling author Angie Thomas instructs tweens on how to tell stories that reflect their lives and communities.

Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids by Natalie Rompella

A creative writing book that contains 100 short story prompts for kids aged 8-12.

Write Your Own Poems by Jerome Martin

A beginner’s handbook for budding poets that contains 90 pages of poetry-themed writing activities.

Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger

Journaling is the first step in brainstorming a story in this interactive tool for jumpstarting one’s imagination.

Creative Writing Books for Teens

Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones

A confessional space for teens meant to redirect their attention from social media posts to handwritten musings.

Dear Ally, How Do You Write A Book? by Ally Carter

Over 25 published YA writers share expert insight on taking a book idea from conception to publication.

Big Life Journal – Teen Edition by Big Life Brand

Writing is used as a tool for goal setting and developing a growth mindset in this vibrant notebook filled with affirming graphics.

 Dare to Write: Creative Writing Prompts for Young People and Word Rebels Everywhere by Kristen Fogle

Themed-exercises help teens experiment with writing in a variety of genres such as sci-fi, crime fiction, romance, and fantasy.

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life by Wendelin Van Draanen

A writing resource woven through personal tales makes this memoir a great selection for young adults with publishing aspirations of their own.

How to Be a Young #Writer by Christopher Edge

Starting off the narrative strong and wrap it up equally as well! That’s the key focal point of this instructive text.

How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination by Christopher Salerno

A primer in poetry fundamentals such as rhythm, rhyme, and meter.

Write Yourself a Lantern: A Journal Inspired by The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

National Book Award and Carnegie Medal winner Elizabeth Acevedo created this journal that incorporates includes memorable lines from The Poet X as lyrical prompts for teen poets.

Do you have a favorite creative writing book for teens? Share in the comments field below!

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15 Creative Writing Books for Tween & Teens

Posted by Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is faculty for Hugo House and The Loft Literary Center; a We Need Diverse Books program volunteer; and a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness. She has contributed print, photography and video content to "Fabulous Wisconsin," "BLK+GRN," "Madison Magazine" and "Entrepreneurial Chef." She is also the founder of The Little BookProject WI, a community arts and nonprofit bi-annual collaboration. A passionate commitment to holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture keeps her a Midwestern girl at heart. Follow her adventures around the country on Instagram '@therealscript.'

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