A site for kids to write their stories on line. The home page would have a new writing tip each week and a link to login to be be directed to a work area where only they have write access. There they can make their own background, write their stories with pictures and text and/or upload PDFs, pictures, and teasers for stories they want to sell, etc. E.G. it needs to be easy. They could send e-mails with links to family and friends with links to their story. They must be able to assign their stories to pre-defined categories so people could browse the site by category, author, etc.
What I need:
Watching several of the tutorials, it became obvious that the efficiencies of Drupal are derived from the themes and modules you install. What I need is advice as to which version, themes, modules, and strategy to use to support this first project that will help me to learn how to learn Drupal. Thanks!