Young adult writers take the SAT, reflect on writing instruction

Katie sez,

Does perfecting the art of the 5-paragraph analytical essay make you a better creative writer? How important are things like grammar, spelling, and syntax for a fiction stylist? Do test scores or grades in high school English class reflect your chances for creative success later on? As part of an on-going conversation examining the relationship between writing in school and writing professionally, Figment asked two acclaimed YA authors, Lauren McLaughlin (Scored) and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies,Leviathan) to subject themselves to the essay portion of the SAT. Boomie Aglietti, a writer who has tutored hundreds of kids on the SAT for Revolution Prep, scored and evaluated how the professionals stacked up. On Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. ET, McLaughlin and Westerfeld will be joined by their colleagues David Levithan(Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist; Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and Robin Wasserman (the Cold Awakening series) to continue the conversation in a live group chat, taking questions from thousands of young writers around the country about what they learned about writing when they were in high school — and what, if any of it, was useful.

Lauren McLaughlin & Scott Westerfeld Take the SAT | Figment Blog

(Thanks, Katie!)