I have an 11 year old daughter who showed an interest in what I was writing, so I challenged her to write something that she would like. It turns out that she is a wonderful poet. She's now branching out to short stories and even began a NaNo novel. My hope for her is that with an early start, she'll be published (if she wants to be) by the time she's in her 20's rather than her 40's like her dear old mom. Even if publication is not her goal, she's working on treasures that her children might enjoy someday.
If you have a kid who consistently gets good grades in language classes, why not challenge him or her to write a story or poem just for fun? Here are some resources that might help you help your child:
- Check with your library, which might have workshops for young writers.
- Your child's school might have an extra curricular activity for writers such as Power of the Pen or a school newspaper.
- Plenty of magazines for kids, both online and hard copy, have writing contests or accept submissions from kids.
- There are a lot of great instructional books for your young scribe. Here are my daughter's favorites:
My only other piece of advice would be not to ask to read what your kid has written. If he or she wants to share, then praise the effort and creativity. Good Luck!