Monthly Archives: December 2015

Make The Jump

Have you made the jump? The mindset jump? Have you looked at the calendar and wondered where the year went? Gave it or want to give 2015 a good swift kick in the pants?

Do you want to jump off 2015 and jump into 2016?

Well, at WAY we’ve been planning and scheming for the upcoming year. We have a few irons in the fire. We have some new classes heading your way. Conferences on the schedule.

We would love to hear from all of our past conferees. We’ve had a blast at our last four conferences, we’d like to concentrate on making them bigger and better. You can help!

We’re looking for all our artistic teens to help us build  WAY. You can do that by sharing the blog on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all your social media.

We would also like to propose our first contest for the year. If illustrations, along with your writing are one of your super powers, we would love to challenge you to draw, to color, to photographs (originals only), to paint a logo for WAY. The logo should be scanned or in jpg format. Anything to represent writing and/or publishing, such as books, magazines, pencils, typewriters, etc should be your focus. (but not limited to) Chris and Tracy will be the judges.

The prize will be your next conference registration is FREE! Who doesn’t like FREE! Whose parents don’t like FREE!

This is also open up to your friends who haven’t attended, your cousins, your cousins’ friends and friends you want to attend. Tweens and Teens only please.

Contest end January 7th, 2016.

Christmas Writing

Whether you spend time skiing for Christmas break, travel to Grandma’s house for turkey and ham, or if you hole up in a cabin snuggled in your fuzzy slippers by the fire, reading a book and sipping hot cocoa there’s time for a little writing. There’s a smidgen of time for journaling or blogging.Christmas Orn 2

If you have a tradition dear to the family or you’re like me and watch Hallmark Christmas movies for two weeks straight while the kids run around the house like banshees, stay in practice. It doesn’t need to be formal or fancy. Write a thank you note. Write a letter to a high school friend who moved away.

Pick up a Christmas card and pretend to jump into the card and write the “rest of the story”. Or try a different point of view such as “What would it be like to see Christmas from the inside of a snow globe”. Build a scenery for another story you are working on with the landscape from another Christmas card.

Here are a few websites listing Christmas writing prompts or do you own search on Google or Pinterest.



Middle School and Beyond from


  • Write a persuasive paragraph to convince a skeptic that Santa Claus really does exist.
  • Write a personal narrative describing the best Christmas you have ever had.
  • Write an extended definition of the word “Christmas.”
  • Write an essay that answers the question “What is Christmas all about?”
  • Take a familiar Christmas story and adapt it into a reader’s theater piece. Enlist the aid of friends or classmates to perform it.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper arguing for or against Christmas displays in public places.
  • Is Christmas too commercialized? Write an essay that answers the question and explains your answer.

The important part is to keep writing.