I'm currently teaching an introductory creative writing class with students who are very new to the writing game. They are definitely picking up on the techniques I'm discussing in class, from vivid adjective choices to strong verbs, but there's one thing they continue to struggle with. It's something I find very difficult to teach; in fact, it's something that might not be teachable at all. It's the skill (or inborn talent, perhaps) of choosing the right subject.
Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. Students must be age 13-19 to participate, register and/or submit work.