Minizine Mission Statement

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Written by Johnathan Haile At the moment, there are three outlets for teen content at the Pasadena Library. We have the Teen Zine, the Teen Blog, and the Teen Instagram page. The Teen Zine (my main focus) only releases an issue every six months, which doesn’t really give much to […]

Get published: Where to submit your writing

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Are you a writer looking to get published? Here are some places to submit your writing:   Pasadena Public Library – Teen Zine Open to teens ages 12-18, for Pasadena Public Library patrons only. Submissions are open twice a year; deadlines: June 30 and December 31. Submission site:  https://tinyurl.com/pplzine   Light-Bringer […]

Storyboarding

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A storyboard is a visual story of a film sequence, illustrated panel by panel, like a comic book. During a workshop, teens learned about storyboards and designed their own commercial.  

“The Ghost Story” — story by Christopher Souza

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 1st place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Ghost Story by Christopher Souza Age 12 (Grade 6) Blair Middle School   It was a dark and gloomy night and the wind howled like hunting wolves. Out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning hit one of […]

“Horror Houses” — story by Raela Jayasekara

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 2nd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) Horror Houses by Raela Jayasekara Age 12 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   “I must have been eleven when I saw a ghost. We had just moved into a new house. I ran up the stairs to the […]

“The Selfie” — story by Penelope Burian

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Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest 3rd place Category 2 (ages 12-14) The Selfie by Penelope Burian Age 13 (Grade 7) Blair Middle School   ‘‘It was a dark and stormy night, just like how most ghost stories start,” Kate began. “We’re seriously doing this? Ghost stories are super childish!” […]

Blue Eyes — a story by Teresa Fundter

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One City One Story 2017 Writing Contest 1st place High School category Teresa Fundter Grade 9, La Canada High School “Blue Eyes” Summary:  The narrator recalls a haunting memory of travels in Syria and the moment a bomb is detonated.   They say traveling the globe is peaceful, inspiring, jaw-dropping. […]

Dreams of a Refugee — a story by Sally Ho

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One City One Story 2017 Writing Contest 2nd place High School category Sally Ho Grade 9, Arcadia High School “Dreams of a Refugee” Summary:  A family flees their hometown after the destruction during the Syrian Civil War.   Whenever I look up into the night sky, I’m staring into a […]

The Ghost of Theodore Bushnell — a story by Alaina Joby

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One City One Story 2017 Writing Contest 3rd place High School category Alaina Joby Grade 9, Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School “The Ghost of Theodore Bushnell” Summary:  Catherine and Mandy stay at an old church rumored to be haunted.   The wind blew in a fury against the trees […]

Goodbye Vietnam — a story by Simone Nguyen

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One City One Story 2017 Writing Contest 1st place Middle School category Simone Nguyen Grade 8, Blair Middle School “Goodbye Vietnam” Summary:  The narrator recalls his or her family’s journey over the sea as they emigrate from Vietnam to Thailand.   In 1975, the United States left Vietnam. The U.S. […]