For Teachers

A Story for the Teacher

“The shortest distance between two people is a story.”   –Patti Digh     Before first period, Sandra told me about her embarrassing cheerleading accident. After second

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Last Day Blues

Last Day Blues

As a teacher I loved the last day of school.  Obviously, I was looking forward to a summer of no more (school) reading, no more

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Getting Started

“There’s a difference between a work’s beginning and starting to work.” –Twyla Tharp.   In her book, The Creative Habit: Get It and Use It

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Writers Read

  “I believe reading is the key to writing.  The more you read, the better your writing can be.”    –Avi. Writers read, that’s all

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So What?

When I start a new story or essay, I don’t necessarily know what the theme or focus of my story is.  I’m just responding to

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Students Sharing Stories

“The shortest distance between two people is a story.” –Patti Digh. Before first period, Sandra told me about her funny cheerleading accident.  After second period,

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music

Music to My Ears

You can learn a lot about the craft of writing by listening to music. It’s an enjoyable source of inspiration and one worth exploring.

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Field Trip Fiasco book by Julie Danneberg

I Love Revision!

I love to revise! No. Really. I do. For me, the knowledge that I can start with an okay story and gradually make it better,

and better,

and then better still…

….well, it’s a very freeing notion.

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Nothing is Wasted

Nothing is Wasted…Luckily

Nothing is wasted.  –Richard Bausch,  Experienced writers know this.  How? From experience!  It isn’t necessarily an easy lesson, but it is an important one nonetheless.

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