Posted by: anitanolan | December 6, 2011


Have you heard about Boomwriter, a creative writing workshop for children?


Professional and aspiring writers start a story, and then kids continue writing them.  When completed, these stories can be converted into books and then purchased by the students and their families in either electronic or soft-cover form.

BoomWriter is made available for use in schools for free, and since the Spring of 2011 the site has expanded its presence and is now in close to 600 schools spread throughout 11 different countries. It is an effective and highly engaging teaching tool, and by the end of the upcoming school year BoomWriter will be in well over 1,000 schools spread throughout 20 different countries! Plus, BoomWriter is a tremendous vehicle for connecting students and their teachers with the authors of children’s and young adult books.

Greg Fishbone of the NE SCBWI is working with BoomWriter to help create a Marketplace of 500 to 1,000 word story first chapters (what they refer to as “story starts”) that can be used on the site as a starting point from which kids can write. Teachers and their students will be best served by having quality story starts written by creative and talented writers, such as yourselves. BoomWriter is offering an initial payment of $100 for any original piece that is submitted to and approved for use on their site. Additionally, you will receive a royalty of $0.50 for every book that is purchased from their site using a story start that you originally submitted. Please keep in mind there are well over 100,000 public and private schools in the United States alone, so this may be a sizeable market for your work. You will also retain the right to use your story starts in your own non-competing works, so feel free to raid your work-in-progress folder for ideas.

Accepted pieces will be placed in BoomWriter’s Marketplace in the appropriate category, and the grade ranges are broken down as follows: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12 with a majority of the users in the 4-6 and 7-9 grade ranges. The Marketplace’s genre categories include: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Myths & Monsters, Science Fiction, Sports Stories, Suspense & Thrillers and Realistic Stories.

BoomWriter also produces a monthly newsletter that is sent electronically to teachers and parents who are registered on the site. A segment of the newsletter is designated for promoting various writers represented in the Marketplace site as well as highlighting some of the story starts they have contributed.

You can find out more here.


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for passing it along, Anita 🙂

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