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Writers' Resources

SCBWI - National children's writers organization with regional chapters. Great resource for finding a critique group, learning about conferences and workshops, connecting with agents, meeting editors, networking with fellow writers.

Author's Guild - Promotes authors' rights, and offers free contract review services and more with author membership.

Hedgebrook - Fabulous women's writing retreat on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington State. Hedgebrook "serves as a safe haven for women authors of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, writing genres, and levels of writing experience."

Write It Now - Writing software

Conferences and Seminars

SCBWI - offers national and regional conferences for writers and illustrators of children's and teen literature.

McKee Story Seminar - Great 3-day seminar for understanding plot, characterization, and story structure.

Blockbuster Plots - Plot threads - character development, dramatic action, and thematic significance.

YA Book Reviews
Teen Reads
Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Book Lists
Embracing the Child
YA Books Central
Flamingnet Book Reviews Teen Reads
Teens Read Too
For Info and Support

Teen Parenting

Girl Mom - Support, community, and education for young moms. is designed and moderated BY and FOR young mothers. The site includes a fabulous online resources list.

Drinking and health

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alateen - Alateen is part of Al-Anon, which helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Alateen is a recovery program for young people.

Go Ask Alice - Columbia University
• Submit questions on health-related issues, including AOD use
• Searchable archive of questions and responses

In the Know
• Information on effects of alcohol and other drugs
• Information about sexual health and behavior
• Self-assessment for alcohol/drug problems

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse - National Institute on Drug Abuse
• Fact sheets on steroids, ecstasy, marijuana, nicotine, and addiction
• Stories from teens about drug problems
• Answers to frequently asked questions about drug effects

TeensHealth - Information on health-related topics with links to additional resources. Special sections on the body, the mind, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, food and fitness, schools and jobs

Leaving home

National Runaway Switchboard
Texas Runaway Hotline
The Open Directory: Family: Runaways - Lists resources for teens and families


Sex, Etc. - Newsletter written by teens for teens on important health and sexuality issues.
Advocates for Youth - Champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Scarlet Teen - With Pink Slip and Boyfriend, a sex education and sexuality information site for teens.
Teenwire - Sexuality and relationship information from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
WhatUDo - Presenting AIDS/HIV prevention facts, options, and action to teens and young adults. From UCSF.

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