Figment is a community where students may publish their work and receive feedback from a teen writing community. This post provides insights into teens use of this site. For more information about Figment, and to use it with your students scroll to the end of the article where you will find a section ‘Using Figment in School.’
[…] “Just the feeling that someone in the world can read your writing and enjoy it, that’s cool,” says Schrobilgen, who enters ninth grade at Oak Park and River Forest High School this fall. “It’s a taste of being a published author even if I don’t grow up to be one.”
Schrobilgen isn’t the only budding fiction writer who’s hooked on Figment. Since Jacob Lewis (a former managing editor of the New Yorker and of Portfolio, a Condé Nast magazine that folded in April 2009) and Dana Goodyear (a current staff writer for the New Yorker) launched Figment on December 5, 2010, roughly 250,000 registered users have flocked to the free writing platform. (The site attracted 4,000 teens on its first day.) Kids ages 13 and older now routinely add about 1,000 stories each day to the site and critique their peers’ works.
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