A writing unit or workshop have numerous benefits for both school and college students: it’s a creative and fun way to improve their writing skills and develop passion for literature. To make this course even more memorable, let students show their progress and feel themselves committed authors, a teacher can publish their written works. In this guide, we’ll talk about the benefits and means of turning student writing into a publication.
Great Places to Publish Student Writing?
Teachers, who wonder where to publish their students’ works, will find out that they are not limited to a class newspaper or a school/college magazine alone – specialized free websites (available with registration or without account), online blogs and out-of-class events can all be considered as great variants for this purpose. Here’s the list of the best places to publish students’ fiction, poems, and essays.
- Class newspaper and magazines – one of the most popular ways of having children’s creations published. You can use Google Docs or other templates for newspapers to help format the future papers, then have them printed and stapled. The copies can be offered to other teachers, distributed among pupils of other classes, or be presented during teacher/parent conference.
- Wall newspapers can also be printed out or designed by hand. They can be put on the walls near the classrooms or in a school/college waiting room or a lobby.
- Poetry café – this can be done during the lesson (where pupils divide into small groups and read each other’s writings) or a teacher can team up with a local coffee shop or a bookshop and turn presentation of works into a fun out-of-class event.
- Open-mic school event – an evening when students read their works to the listeners in a school assembly hall or another open space. Tip: you can turn this into a charity concert with fundraising.
- Scary (Funny, etc.) Story class contest where students write stories on a given topic and present them during a class. After, their classmates give feedback and vote for the best works.
- Creating a children’s book. Students team up to craft and illustrate a storybook for a local preschool or daycare.
- An official writing contest. Students are encouraged to submit one of the big writing contests with cash prizes, such as Scholastic Writing Contest or Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards.
- Book Tasting – a class event where students prepare a menu with titles and descriptions of the works they have written, decorate a classroom like a café, dress like waiters and “serve” the requested stories.
- Creating E-books – written works decorated with illustrations and arranged into PDF files that can be read and kept on digital devices and shared online.
- A class blog, a school/college website or social media can all be used to publish and present students’ works.
- Online youth literary art platforms and websites give awesome opportunities to present students’ written works to the wider The works are illustrated and published online, and some platforms also have them printed in periodicals once or several times a year. Here are a few best resources:
Storybird – a website that allows users to add beautiful and unique illustrations to their texts.
Canvas – an art platform created for teens (age 13-18).
New Moon Girls – an online resource for girls only!
Wordfaire – is a user-friendly platform for live blogging.
Flipsnack – allows converting images and texts into digital books.
Articles Hub – our free resource where students can publish and share their writing.
Why Is It Important to Publish Student Writing?
Publishing written works always gives students a valuable and positive experience. It’s worth doing because:
- Publishing and presenting works becomes a celebration with a festive atmosphere, especially if it’s done in a fun, entertaining manner.
- With their stories, poems or essays published students become more engaged in reading and writing because they try out a new role of an author and feel responsible for their work.
- Publishing shows that it’s not just a performance done for a teacher, but a social interaction – an exchange with creative ideas between young readers and authors.
- The chance to hear feedback from the peer readers motivates young authors to create new pieces of writing, experiment and improve. It helps to develop critical thinking and creativity.
- Publishing of the works makes students feel proud of their achievement. It also adds confidence and has a positive effect on their self-esteem.
How to Publish Student Writing Online?
In the era of modern technologies, we believe publishing student writing online to be the best and easiest way to create unique pieces and spread them far behind the classroom walls. Publishing on the Web is easy, you need to:
- Choose a platform specializing in student writing and illustrative artworks.
- Create an account, if needed.
- Download a document with a text.
- Edit and add illustrations (often these are offered by a site).
- Press the button Publish/Send/Submit (or similar).
- Enjoy seeing the completed piece online and share it with others!