Friday, September 23, 2011

Review - Aletheia Writing Magazine

Aletheia Writing Magazine: Creativity for Christian Teens
Ages: 13 - 19
Cost: $26 (US) $29 (CAN) for one year subscription (4 issues) - includes shipping
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Aletheia Writing Magazine: Creativity for Christian Teens is an avenue for thirteen to nineteen year olds to express their artistic creativity in a Christian friendly magazine.  Each issue of Aletheia includes writing, poetry, illustration and photography by teenagers.
Personally, I love the concept of a magazine that is dedicated to allowing young writers and artists to expose their talents.  By taking a chance and submitting work, students are able to reach beyond themselves and get recognized for their abilities.  I am very impressed with the quality of work being published. 

In addition to the student submissions, “each issue offers a variety of unique features: a Writer's Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the Beauty of Nature, Ancient Ink, and an interview or other feature for edification and enjoyment.” 
I’ve known many teens that keep poetry journals, find great joy in photography or are capable of elaborate drawings.  The opportunity to be published gives them the occasion to experience the realities of taking one’s ability to the next step.  For some, this may be just what is needed to give them the confidence to pursue their art as a career.  Additionally, Aletheia offers a little something for everyone.  Maybe creative writing isn’t a strength, but the ability to capture the perfect sunset is.  Perhaps, your child likes to read and would enjoy offering an opinion through a book review?  Does your teen write songs or poetry? 

A subscription to Aletheia allows creative teenagers to see what is possible and to envision their work in a future issue.  As a homeschooling parent, I look for ways to encourage my teenagers to embrace writing.  Sometimes that is a difficult task when their audience is just mom.  However, given the opportunity to write and be published can be just what is needed to really spark their imagination.  If you have a creative teenager, I would encourage you to encourage them to read Aletheia and submit their works for publication.  In fact, you can see a sample issue here.

Finally, Aletheia has a blog for teens called Christian Teens Write.  This blog has posts then encourages teens to respond with their own blog posts that are then added to the site.  This is a very creative way to get teenagers with a passion for writing together and dealing with relevant teen topics.  You can take a look at the blog here. 

To see what other members of the Crew thought of the magazine, click here.
*** I received a copy of Aletheia Writing Magazine free of charge as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for my honest review.


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