Online Resources

Check out art and writing resources, including opportunities for publication, from around the world that are available online for all to access. Have a resource of you’re loving? Email ral@artandwriting.org to share your resource with the RAL community.

Art Resources

Featured Image: Shared a sketch with you by Sojung An, Chadwick International School, South Korea. Educator: Taeshim Hah.

Writing Resources

  • Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine: A nonprofit online magazine by teenagers, for teenagers, Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine offers a space for young people around the world to share their writing and discuss mental health. The magazine is open to submissions of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or any other creative writing from youth ages 12-22. All appropriate submissions will be posted or responded to within a week of submitting. No submission fee is required.
  • The WEIGHT Journal: Founded and edited by educators and writers from across the United States, The WEIGHT Journal offers free online publication opportunities for all high school writers. Young authors are invited to write about any topic, in a variety of genres.
  • Write-Minded Canada: Founded by young writers for young writers, Write-Minded Canada is focused on providing resources, tips, and publication and recognition opportunities for teenagers interested in the literary arts.
  • Literary Balms: A Virtual Community Writing Project: In keeping with Cave Canem Foundation’s mission to develop Black poets and foster community, Literary Balms is an initiative to help keep writers engaged with their writing process and virtually connected with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Literary Balms offers three writing prompts generated by Cave Canem fellows and poetry-related suggested readings.

More Resources for Creative Teens During COVID-19

While our society is beginning to discuss the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, much of the conversation focuses on adults and their experiences. It’s important for teens to hear from their peers and tell their own stories through their art and writing.  

The resources below chronicle how young people have experienced pandemics, from the 1918 Flu Pandemic to the current crisis. They also offer activities that can help you to record and share your story with others. Make sure to check out the Scholastic Awards site as well for additional COVID-19 resources not covered here.

Personal accounts and archives from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, and the power of journaling during COVID-19

  • What We Can Learn From 1918 Influenza Diaries | Smithsonian Magazine, April 13, 2020 
    • These letters and journals offer insights on how to record one’s thoughts amid a pandemic. This article includes archival letters from people of all ages, including 15-year-old Violet Harris and 18-year-old Clara Wrasse. 
  • Pandemic Influenza Storybook 
    • The CDC’s Pandemic Flu Storybook provides readers with a look at the impact pandemic flu events have had on both survivors and the families and friends of non-survivors. These stories are not folklore, but personal recollections. This collection of stories was first released in 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic. While many of these survivors were in their old age when telling their stories, most of them were teens or children during the pandemic itself. 

How are teens coping, and how are they helping to respond to the crisis and help others? 

Examples of art and writing related to the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Stories from the Pandemic | Newark Board of Education 
    • Life under quarantine doesn’t have to mean complete isolation. Young people bring us together by reporting from the frontline: their homes. They show how our families, friends and neighborhoods are being impacted by the pandemic, and how their stories can connect us across the globe. 
  • The Quarantine Diaries  | New York Times, March 30, 2020 
    • Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings. The article includes examples of visual and written journals from adults and young people to show how these creations are important for documenting social history during this historic event. 
  • Live From the Pandemic | Crashtest 
    • Check out art and writing from humans 18 year olds and under in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, curated and managed by the Crashtest team. 
  • COVID Stories | Blue Marble Review 
    • Blue Marble Review is a quarterly online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages 13-22. We welcome poetry, fiction, personal essays, travel stories, and opinion pieces as well as art and photography. 

Art and writing prompts for young people

  • Quaranteen Prompts | Words Alive 
    • Daily prompts and lesson plans to help teenagers cope with COVID-19 and learn from the news. 

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