Scotland gets teen literacy Virtual Writer in Residence

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) will appoint a Virtual Writer in Residence who will use the internet to get teens hooked on reading and writing. The Virtual Writer In Residence will be announced next month.

Jasmine Fassl, a SBT spokesperson, said: β€œIt’s a big challenge to encourage young people to spend time reading and writing at a time when there are so many other things for them to do with their spare time.

But we are going to be trying lots of different ways of engaging with them through mediums that teenagers use.

What people tend to overlook is that young people are communicating with one another more than ever, via emails, text messaging and social networking websites.”

Good point. I think. I mean, yes, teens are writing and reading via email, text messaging, etc. But to me, that’s a different mindset and form of writing and reading than writing and reading fiction.

What do you think?

Regardless, I think it’s fantastic news that Scotland is doing this!

The article had a lot of interesting things to say, including how some teens are now carrying Twilight as an accesory, as well as reading it. Check out

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