Share Your Story 2022-23

Join our Youth Writing Festival! This year our theme is food: elegant food, mouth-watering food, family food, fast food, food disasters, and all other things edible. Draw inspiration from your own food memories and from library programs featuring food writers, chefs, foodies, and—of course—people who love to eat. 

We will provide weekly writing prompts to get your creativity (and saliva) flowing. You can also optionally submit to our book! All varieties of art and writing are welcome. 

Share Your Story 2022


Books for Inspiration

Graphic novel full of food ingenuity and being yourself while following your roots.

Book cover of Measuring Up by Lily Lamotte

Rhythmic writing about a teen juggling a child and her dreams of being a chef.

With the Fire on High

Fun graphic novel about a baking competition with recipes sprinkled throughout!

Battle Royal by Adams

Dating show meets a baking competition. Liza cannot believe that she is judging a competition where all the contestants are handpicked by her mom.

A Taste for Love by Yen

Between deciding to leave his parent's failing bakery or join a band in the big city, Ari falls in love.


Hannah Malfa-Adler is a little jealous of her friend's beyond-awesome Bat Mitzvah. Can she learn more about her faith too?

Recipe for Disaster

Check out a book talk by Marley Dias for Measuring Up!

Hear Elizabeth Acevedo convey the essence of her book With the Fire on High


Try a random prompt!

  • "What is that intoxicating aroma?" ... "Death." 
  • Look out your window. Incorporate what you see into your story. 
  • Something that shouldn't move is wiggling. 
  • A door that should be locked is wide open. 
  • A sweet smell...
  • Incorporate a quote from a movie or a line from a song.
  • Something that shouldn't burn is burned to a crisp. 
  • Break a rule. 
  • The smell of (your favorite spice). 
  • Write a sentence without the letter "e". 
  • Look in your pockets, purse, pack, or bag, and incorporate what you find there into your story. 

Teen Book List: Creative/General Writing

Rip the Page cover by Karen Benke
Writing Radar Cover by Jack Gantos
First You Write a Sentence by Joe Moran
Dear Ally
Pizza Pigs and Poetry
Writing Creative Nonfiction

Empower others by submitting your work for the library to publish!

Check out last year's digital book here!

Share Your Story Cover