YA Book Review: Dare to Write by Kristen Fogle

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DARE TO WRITE

Creative Writing Prompts for Young People and Word Rebels Everywhere

By: Kristen Fogle

Published: October 15, 2019

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Non-Fiction

I was so excited about reviewing this book because our daughter loves to write. For teens and young adults that want to try writing, this book is a great way to see if the creativity bubble is ready to burst. I have no desire to write fiction and this book made me want to try out all the fun prompts and writing activities.

The book begins with a “Writer’s Workshop”. I loved how the author likened it to jumping in and creating a meal in the kitchen. It can be done, but you might make a much more delicious meal if you had a bit of knowledge about how to cook. Fogle introduces readers to the craft of writing with developing characters, setting, dialogue, and conflict…all essential pieces to a well-crafted story.

She then takes writers into writing a bit of a memoir. With prompts like a major event in history during their lifetime, pick a teacher and choose a lesson learned from that teacher, write about the biggest fight you’ve had, and other personal feelings like are you more passionate or curious writers can start to find a flow to their writing. They may even see a pattern in how they write or what they like to write about. Even though the author offers space in the book to answer these questions, writers might want to write in a notebook so the word-space isn’t limited.

I love that there is also a chapter on writing poetry. This is our daughter’s favorite style of writing and it can be such a creative way to tell a story or share your feelings.

The book ends with tips on how to keep learning and writing. Online resources as well as books are listed for more ways to work on your writing. Fogle also offers tips for getting your work out in the world. Fifty-four bonus writing prompts are included at the end to offer even more ways to keep writing. It’s an absolutely cool book for teens and young adults that are interested in writing or being creative. Many stories can be created by using the prompts, tips, and advice offered for upcoming writers.

Kristen Fogle is a former magazine editor who has interviewed celebrities such as Taylor Swift and the Kardashians. Since 2013 she has been the executive director of San Diego Writers, Ink as well as a writing instructor, teaching artist, and theatrical producer, director, and performer. You can find out more about her and the organization, click HERE.

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