comedy2-750x400This is a guest post from comedy writer Brendan McLaughlin.

Hello, future comedy writers!

The nice people at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards asked me to contribute a few words of advice for teens looking to break into the world of comedy writing, so here are those words. One thing to note: much of this post was written in my apartment on a weekday while I waited in my pajamas to hear back about job opportunities. At one point, I had an actual argument with myself over what made better middle of the day email-refreshing background noise‑“Malcolm in the Middle” or “Blue Bloods.” What I’m trying to say is, I’m definitely not an expert. I am undisciplined. I am currently “between jobs.” I am socially inept. I am a comedy writer. And, if you play your cards right, you can be all of those things too! Okay, maybe just some of them. Here’s my advice: Read More

treeAs any writer who has submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards knows, the written word has power: the power to express ideas, to allow writers of the past to speak with readers of today, and to shape nations. On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention signed the United States Constitution. More than two hundred years later, our Constitution continues to play a pivotal role in the governance of our nation. Each year, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia celebrates Constitution Day—September 17—to honor the signing of such an important document.

The American National Tree, a popular exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, tells the stories of Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. On September 17, a new story will be added—and you may be its scholarship-winning author! Read More

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Summer is the time to kick-back, relax–and get excited for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Be ahead of the game this fall by working on your art and writing during summer break. We can help!

All summer, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is hosting art and writing workshops across the country for both students and educators. We also have some fun, creative challenges that you won’t want to miss!

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