A Super Resource for Young Writers

By Lauren, age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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Working with young writers for most of my high school years, I've discovered a number of great resources for anyone seeking publication. WriteOnCon holds my top recommendation for any serious writer, both for its accessibility and its information. WriteOnCon is short for online writing conference, and occurs every year in the middle of August. The conference is free to attend and hosts a variety of editors, published authors, and literary agents, all of which offer advice and answer questions. If you've ever considered writing for children, check out their archives - it's a gold mine waiting to be explored.

Novel publication is a great mystery to most teens. I pursued it before I was ready (though 12-year-olds have written some great books), learning the ins and outs of the query letter, synopsis, and platform branding, but the industry is constantly changing, especially with the rise of e-books. That's where WriteOnCon comes in. There's no price tag, no driving anywhere, and if you miss an event you can still catch every character. Other writers can show you the ropes in the forums, and the live chat sessions will answer any other questions that may arise. This year the conference took place from August 16th to 18th. Check their website,, for future events. They host guest speakers every month, so check the site often. You might even hear from one of your favorite authors!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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