About Colleen

Colleen has written 2 articles so far, you can find them below.


Teaching in 2D

The “Innovations in Reading Prize” that YARN recently received (Thank you, National Book Foundation!) has gotten me thinking about, well, innovations. I don’t want to be a downer at such a happy time for YARN, but I’m actually struggling right now with some of the reading and writing innovations in my own classrooms. This semester […]


Writing Interrupted

Quick, answer without thinking: What is your favorite time of day to write? Me, 6:30am. I hate mornings but this is my only alone time all day. My children are still asleep. How often do you write? Just when the muse strikes? Or on a schedule? Every day, once a week? I was an inspiration […]

What Is YARN?

It's a brilliant thing to have a place where you can read fresh original short stories by both seasoned YA authors and aspiring teens. YARN is a great tool box for growing up writing. - Cecil Castellucci

Imagine. Envision. Write. Revise. Submit. Read.

YARN is an award-winning literary journal that publishes outstanding original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers, written by the writers you know and love, as well as fresh new voices...including teens.

We also believe in feedback, which is why we encourage readers to post comments on pieces that inspire thought, emotion, laughter...or whatever.

So. What's your YARN?

Vocab Conundrum?

Highlight a word, click the "?," and quench your curiosity. How about "hibernaculum?" Go ahead, try it!

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