About Vision and Voice


A social networking site for sharing inspiration and ideas from The Best Teen Writing 

Have you used The Best Teen Writing to inspire young writers in your classroom? Share your story! Welcome to Vision and Voice: Great Mentor Texts from The Best Teen Writing, an interactive social networking site for teachers in grades 712 who are excited about youth voices, creative writing, and The Best Teen Writing. This resource for creative writing teachers currently contains reflections and blog posts based on pieces from The Best Teen Writing 2012, organized and tagged for ease of use.

This site is developed through a collaboration between the National Writing Project and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to enhance the teaching of writing and encourage sharing of plans and strategies based on The Best Teen Writing.

The website is intended to be a living space where teachers can make posts, comment on one another’s work, and continue to share resources. Readers will find everything from musings to fully formed lesson plans developed and posted by teachers excited about using great student models to inspire their student writers. Search the site by keywords, or browse channels of interest. Bookmark posts that interest you and comment to share your own thoughts, questions, and links. Please visit often and contribute to the conversations using the “Add new comment” feature at the bottom of each post or by adding your own blog post.

National Writing Project

The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.

Unique in breadth and scale, the NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. We provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

The National Writing Project believes that access to high-quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. We work in partnership with institutions, organizations, and communities to develop and sustain leadership for educational improvement. Throughout our work, we value and seek diversity—our own as well as that of our students and their communities—and recognize that practice is strengthened when we incorporate multiple ways of knowing that are informed by culture and experience.

The Best Teen Writing

The Best Teen Writing is a student-edited anthology of authentic teenage, grades 7–12, voices from across country. These award-winning pieces from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards express the thoughts and aspirations of our nation’s youth. The Alliance prints and distributes 15,000 free copies of The Best Teen Writing each year to students, teachers, families, and educational organizations throughout the United States. The Best Teen Writing is available at Amazon.com.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization that identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Awards program. Learn more at artandwriting.org.