By Yasmine Aslam-Hashmi Today we’re thrilled to welcome JaNay Brown-Wood to the WNDB blog to discuss her passion for writing diverse and inclusive books and the extreme importance of representation—especially for young children! This year alone, she has ten books coming out. With titles … [Read more...] about Q&A With Author JaNay Brown-Wood
By Ashley Wells Ajinkya Today we’re pleased to welcome Sheela Chari to the WNDB blog to discuss middle grade novel Karthik Delivers, available on April 5, 2022. Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things. Like his bike routes. Or all the reasons he likes Juhi Shah—even if she doesn’t even … [Read more...] about Q&A With Sheela Chari, Karthik Delivers
WNDB Mentorships will open for applications in late summer or early fall in 2022. By Karis Rogerson As a writer angling for an agent and a traditional publishing deal, I have become intimately familiar with a variety of mentorships over the years. Pitch Wars, Author Mentor Match, We Need … [Read more...] about Are Mentorships Helping Writers?
By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland When I write stories, I include magic. I was raised with magic, so this is natural to me. It’s also natural to not explain the origins of magic in my work. In my newest YA novel, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe, I establish a similar world. Though there … [Read more...] about You Do Not Have to Explain Your Magic
This week, Penguin Random House and WNDB are celebrating the 2021 Creative Writing Award winners. The scholarship recipients will virtually attend a week of events, including professional development workshops and a fireside chat with author Mahogany L. Browne. Below, the five winners share a little … [Read more...] about Congratulations to the 2021 Creative Writing Awards Winners!
“If it’s something that means a lot to you, then it’s worth writing about.” That’s some of the advice that Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards alumnx have for those public high school seniors applying to the scholarship program this year. “Don’t worry about coming up with something … [Read more...] about Confidence and Caring: Creative Writing Awards Alumnx Share Their Tips
By Ashley Franklin 2020 is a year that has certainly taken away more from many of us than it has given. During a time when we have lost friends, loved ones, stability, and sometimes our peace of mind, it seems like a tall order to talk about joy. Yet, here I am, on a quest to continue capturing … [Read more...] about Making a Joyful Noise Through Writing
By Brittany R. Collins “I do not forget the memory – not my own But someone else’s Of water that blazed Into burning Brilliance When struck With A single match” So reads one stanza of “Heartbeats,” a poem penned by seventeen-year-old Mai McGaw, self-described “transgender maker from the … [Read more...] about The Importance of Globalizing the Youth Climate Movement Through Writing