I want to share a new site I learned about through a New York Times article. The site is called Figment, and it was officially announced yesterday. Figment is a community for teens who enjoy writing and reading. It provides a social environment to encourage sharing whatever they are creating. There is poetry, non-fiction, fiction and serial works from just about any genre you can imagine. The site is well designed and easy to navigate. Figment does not gain the rights to your works when you post them and you can remove your postings if you so desire.
I have always loved reading and started writing my own stories when I was young. I wish I could have had a community like this to share my writing with others. I think sites like these could really help teens find friends and supporters. It can be difficult for creative teens in school; I remember how other kids would often tease me for my writing and art, and I know finding a community of like-minded souls to share my troubles with would have made a huge difference in how isolated I felt as a kid. The Internet can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together, and I love seeing how different groups of people create these shared spaces on the Net.
I hope you enjoy checking Figment out, and feel free to share any other great writing or teen communities you may enjoy in the comments below.