Capitol City Young Writers Literary Journal

For the past few months, I’ve been involved in a project that I think is pretty cool. Some of you may know Verna Dreisbach as an agent, but she’s much more than that. Sometimes, when I just think about all she’s doing with her life these days, I get exhausted and have to go curl up for a nap. 🙂

One of her projects is Capitol City Young Writers, an organization to support and encourage teen writers, not just in Sacramento (our capitol), but nationwide. Heck, probably worldwide, knowing Verna. This year, the group is putting out their first literary journal, with teen editors and a few of us no-longer-teen writers doing some mentoring with these editors. I’m working with the editor for book reviews, and she is pretty much amazing me with her focus and commitment.

One of the things we worked on is the submission guidelines for the book reviews, and the other editors and mentors have been doing the same for their sections of the journal. The submission guidelines are now up at the CCYW website. If you are or know any teen interested in writing–pretty much in any or all genres—please check out the site and pass the word. Note the deadline: March 15—time to get writing!


  1. Sounds like a great project! How fun that you get to work on it too.


  2. Renee Pace says:

    Oh, I totally love this project. Anything that encourages teens to write is great – I just wish they’d encourage more creative writing in our Canadian high school and junior highs – or introduce a literary program like rap/poetry to encourage writing.


    • beckylevine says:

      Renee, I don’t remember anything like this when I was a teen–I love seeing the kids get hooked. 🙂


    • Verna Dreisbach says:

      One of our youth editors is a high school student from Canada! Also, we are hoping to have a poetry slam team as our mid-day “keynote” for our next conference – because I also believe this is great for youth!


      • beckylevine says:

        I thought you were probably getting out there beyond borders! The poetry slam sounds wonderful. 🙂


  3. Someone was just asking me about sites for their 13 year old writing daughter, so I will pass on the link. Thanks!


  4. Thanks, Becky. I’ll pass this along to students I’m teaching in February.


  5. I’m not getting senile. I couldn’t remember the Capitol City group and wanted to recommend it next Saturday. Then I remembered you blogged about it and voila! It’s here. SO glad to have half-a-memory left at least.


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