Teens Can Write, Too!

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About Us


Michael Waters: 

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Hey guys! I’m Michael, founder of TCWT. As a teen writer myself, I started this blog in hopes of gathering together a community of young writers who are passionate about what they do, and it’s been really exciting to watch the site grow over the years. 

I no longer update my bio on this site, so for the most up-to-date information about me, you can follow me on Twitter at @ABoredAuthor.



Julia Byers: 


When I’m not writing (which is rarely), I’m a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Creative Writing & Literature and minoring in Global Media Studies. When I am writing, I’m a superhero (or aspiring YA author–take your pick). I founded and run the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. My hobbies include Netflix and not going outside.

My personal blog is at www.juliathewritergirl.com.



Kira Brighton:

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I’m a student at BYU-Idaho working towards my English major and a novelist of primarily YA fantasy. I’m also the associate online administrator for Ch1Con! In my free time, I play cello, squee at kittens, and obsess over the BBC.

You can find me at my website: http://www.kirabrighton.weebly.com.





Ariel Kalati:

I am an eighteen-year-old freshman at Sarah Lawrence College. I’ve been writing since I was seven and have written four or five novels, depending on what you count as a novel. I am the creative consultant for Ch1Con and have attended and spoken at the last two conferences. In my free time, I scroll through Tumblr and write poetry to avoid working on my prose.




Aisha Al-Amin:

My name is Aisha, but I am most commonly referred to as the Queen of Procrastination. That’s a different story. I’m a fifteen year old writer currently stationed in Washington State. I can normally be found running madly to catch my bus or sleeping (these two things may or may not be connected). I mostly write fantasy or YA fantasy, but I have been branching out lately–including working on my spoken word skills.




Emma Rose Ryan:

I’m a sixteen year old junior living somewhere in the Midwest. My family and green tea notwithstanding, I love stories more than anything in the world. My primary obsessions are middle-grade fiction and fairy tales. However, I also enjoy reading classic lit, YA romances and modernizations/adaptations of any sort. I automatically adore anything that involves superheros, dragons, or engaging female protagonists. I writes short-stories, tweets, MG fantasy novels I’ll never finish, and content for the Ch1Con Tumblr. In my limited free time, I can be found working with young actors at my local theater company, crying over Agents of Shield GIF sets, and listening to Welcome To Night Vale.



21 comments on “About Us

  1. Jackie Jones
    October 10, 2012

    When I started writing seriously at 14, I would have loved if they were blogs like this to help me believe in my talents more. However, those years were just before the onslaught of social media and after a couple ‘wide-grin submissions’ which at the time I thought were just amazing, and subsequent rejections, I was kind of like ‘okay, that’s it for me’, as I figured I was maybe too young to do anything else with my craft. Now in my 20s, I started back writing seriously only about a year ago.

    John, keep your focus, believe in what you want and your ability to get it and, continue to support others who may feel like they can’t get into this industry because of their age. You might be surprised who you are able to inspire and help :).

  2. Haley Elizabeth
    January 17, 2013

    i have always wanted to be a writer for as long as i can remember that is all i ever could think about. now that im 13 its all i wanna do is read and write but im scared my mom will read it and hate it. im so confused…………………………………..

    • dreamsinsong
      January 20, 2013

      Welcome! And those are perfectly reasonable fears. But you don’t have to share what you write. My parents know I write a ton, but they don’t read it unless I ask them to. (Even then, it can take a while for them to actually read it.) Most of my stuff only a handful of people have read.

      And don’t rule yourself out. You’re probably a better writer than you think you are.

      (And a note on parents–they will never hate any creative work of yours. Because you’re their baby and all. So they think any brainchild of yours is brilliant.)


      • haley jackson
        February 26, 2013

        thanks so much i really needed that and i have been writing more on this app i have called wattpad super cool.. thanks so much

  3. Kate
    January 26, 2013

    Dang! I’m only twelve. Though I’ll turn thirteen in April. So close!

    • emmarosewriter
      February 22, 2015

      Exactly the age I was when I started writing and posting online! For the record you’re still totally welcome here. I dub thee, honorary teen!

  4. CozyBooks-and-Life
    February 1, 2013

    Okay, I don’t know where else to post this, so I’ll do it here. I am a teenager working on a book and my teacher wants me to go to a book conference and pitch it to an agent, but I would like some advice in how to act and how to pitch. help?

  5. JodetteP
    February 20, 2013

    Hi i’m a 13 year old! *waves*
    This blog is really inspiring, especially because my friend and i are in the final stages of writing a book! Please visit my site!

  6. A.R. Files
    April 16, 2014

    Don’t know if I said it yet, but your blog’s amazing! I’m 17 and passionate about my writing and it’s so amazing to be surrounded by teens who think the same way. Thank you so much for making this blog- and I’m loving the renovations you made! 😉

    P.S.: I have to say this (don’t freak out)- you’re kinda’ cute! ❤

    • John Hansen
      June 22, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoy it! And I don’t know about that, but thanks for that as well. 😀

  7. Naomi Chihiro
    April 21, 2014

    I write to but that’s just as a hobby. I love writing interesting stories but I just don’t have the confidence to show my stories to people because I believe that my stories are not good or they are lacking something.

    • John Hansen
      June 22, 2014

      That’s totally normal, in my experience! Writers are known for their lack of confidence, but it means very little about your story. Your stories are, I’m sure, amazing, but since you wrote them you can’t see that.

      Wait until you are comfortable sharing, and then do it. I bet you’d be pleasantly surprised by the response. 🙂

  8. Lauren
    May 3, 2014

    Love this! My current project is a fanfic (I know, typical) but I’m really try-harding it and it’s got almost 75,000 combined views on all chapters. I love love love writing but I usually get really pumped about a story then lose my enthusiasm lol. I have a few ideas for books I think I could actually finish someday, though. I’m 15 btw.

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  10. jenniferkmarsh
    November 4, 2014

    Hi there, John! This is a great platform you’ve got 🙂 I only wish I had something like this to read when I was in my teens! Writing turned more serious for me at 15, and I started writing my current fantasy trilogy at 17. Teens can DEFINITELY write, too! Keep at it, and I wish you all the best 🙂

    • John Hansen
      November 8, 2014

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! I really appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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  12. Susanna
    January 18, 2015

    Hey! I’m Susanna, an 18 yr old writer and blogger. I love your blog and am super excited to have found a young writing community. I write historical fiction novels and contempory short stories and also work part-time blogging and writing articles for businesses. I would love to get involved in the young writer community.

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