Episode 148: Kids and creative writing

March 13, 2024

In episode 148 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Kids and Creative Writing


Allison shares some of her favourite creative writing tips for kids – helpful for anyone who’s trying to teach creative writing to kids or encourage creative writing at home. Plus, details of our exclusive free Teens & Reading Zoom event.


Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

Urban Legend Hunters by Joel McKerrow and Wayne Bryant 

How to Say No to your Phone: An Empowering Guide for Young People by Brad Marshall and Lindsay Hassock

Ferris by Kate DiCamillo 



Cairns Tropical Writers’ Festival 2024

The Deep Place: a podcast by Joel McKerrow and Joy Prouty

Megan Daley at Somerset Storyfest


TEENS & READING: A Your Kid’s Next Read Special Event

Join Allison Tait and Allison Rushby from Team Your Kid’s Next Read live on Zoom for a deep dive into Teens & Reading. With special guests Dr Bronwyn Reddan from Deakin University’s Teen Reading and Digital Practices Research Programme, and Trisha Buckley, experienced secondary school teacher-librarian, book reviewer, literary judge and vice-president CBCA (Qld branch), we’ll look at:

• what teens are reading (and what they’re not)

• what’s stopping teens reading

• how they discover great books in the digital age

• how to encourage your teens to read more

• why it matters

And you’ll have the chance to ask the experts your burning questions!

You MUST register to attend and receive your Zoom link.



Kids and Creative Writing

Creative Writing Quest For KidsAllison’s online creative writing course for kids 9-14 at the Australian Writers’ Centre

[Note: Natalie Goldberg is attributed as first using the term ‘creative writing compost heap’ in her book ‘Writing Down The Bones’, and Neil Gaiman speaks of it often]

Quick tips

Printable visual reading log: Megan’s printable reading log bookshelf is now available to download


Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.

Kids and creative writing: tips from Allison Tait