Each week from June 14 to Aug. 16, teenagers 13 to 19 years old are invited to choose any piece in The New York Times they like and write to tell us why it interested them. We will then choose a weekly favorite to feature, just as we have done every summer since 2010. (More information)
"Over the years, I have been approached by many would-be writers like you. All kids are smart. Most are also thoughtful and interesting. They have wonderful ideas that I encourage them to explore and develop. I often offer to help guide them through the writing process, even to cowrite with them or show them what I think needs to be done. But even if they're thoughtful and interesting and I'm willing to help, it doesn't always work out. When it does work out, it's because the writer understands that writing is sometimes hard, and is enthusiastic about the writing process." (from Just Write: Here's How by Walter Dean Myers)
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