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- Aspiring Writer's Journal, The
by Susie Morgenstern (Author), Theresa Bronn (Illustrator)
To be a writer, you have to practice—according to award winning author Susie Morgenstern. As part of her mission to encourage young people to become writers (because as she says, “the more writers, the merrier!”), she created The Aspiring Writer’s Journal, filled with daily suggestions for writing activities. With quotes about writing and creative-writing topics on every page, this journal will help each young writer to hone his or her skills every day of the year.
- Beginning, a Muddle, and an End, A : The Right Way to Write Writing
by Avi (Author), Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
Avon the snail and Edward the ant are back for another funny--and philosophical--adventure. This time, Avon has decided he wants to be a writer, only to discover that writing is way more difficult than he ever imagined. He finally gets the word Something written down, but there's a problem: What to write next? Luckily, his friend Edward is there to advise.
Brimming with wit, wisdom, and humor, this warm and winning tale of two friends on a quest will be enjoyed by readers (and writers) of all ages.
- Boy Who Loved Words, The
by Roni Schotter (Author), Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
Words. Selig collects them, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle). But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others. And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.
- Creative Writing Handbook, The
by Jay Amberg (Author), Mark Larson (Author)
This personal creative writing course has five self-contained instructional units for learning to write narratives, short fiction, and poetry. Real student writing samples are included. Grades 6-10
- Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
by Mignon Fogarty
Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than seven million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Written with the wit, warmth, and accessibility that the podcasts are known for, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers. From “between vs. among” and “although vs. while” to comma splices and misplaced modifiers, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Chock-full of tips on style, business writing, and effective e-mailing, Grammar Girl’s print debut deserves a spot on every communicator’s desk.
- Joy Writing
by Kenn Amdahl
Joy Writing:Discover and Develop Your Creative Voice will make you want to write. It will also entertain, inspire, and cheer you as it nudges and teases you toward mastery of language. Novices and experienced writers alike will discover useful tips. Employing over four dozen examples ranging from Shakespeare and Steinbeck to Napoleon Dynamite and Donald Trump, the book maintains that our own favorite authors will teach us their tricks once we learn to ead like a writer.
- Kids Write!: Fantasy & Sci Fi, Mystery, Autobiography, Adventure & More!
by Rebecca Olien (Author), Michael Kline (Illustrator)
Teacher and author Rebecca Olien makes writing accessible and enjoyable for young writers by offering a variety of writing prompts to spur creativity and help writers develop valuable written communication skills.
- On Writing
by Stephen King
Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid. You're right there with the young author as he's tormented by poison ivy, gas-passing babysitters, uptight schoolmarms, and a laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his fiction. This was a child who dug Yvette Vickers from Attack of the Giant Leeches, not Sandra Dee. "I wanted monsters that ate whole cities, radioactive corpses that came out of the ocean and ate surfers, and girls in black bras who looked like trailer trash." But massive reading on all literary levels was a craving just as crucial, and soon King was the published author of "I Was a Teen-Age Graverobber." As a young adult raising a family in a trailer, King started a story inspired by his stint as a janitor cleaning a high-school girls locker room. He crumpled it up, but his writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using her advice about the girl milieu and his own memories of two reviled teenage classmates who died young, he came up with Carrie. King gives us lots of revelations about his life and work. The kidnapper character in Misery, the mind-possessing monsters in The Tommyknockers, and the haunting of the blocked writer in The Shining symbolized his cocaine and booze addiction (overcome thanks to his wife's intervention, which he describes). "There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing."
King also evokes his college days and his recovery from the van crash that nearly killed him, but the focus is always on what it all means to the craft. He gives you a whole writer's "tool kit": a reading list, writing assignments, a corrected story, and nuts-and-bolts advice on dollars and cents, plot and character, the basic building block of the paragraph, and literary models. He shows what you can learn from H.P. Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's sentence fragments. He explains why Hart's War is a great story marred by a tin ear for dialogue, and how Elmore Leonard's Be Cool could be the antidote.
King isn't just a writer, he's a true teacher. --Tim Appelo
- Painless Grammar
by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
This very approachable text combines instruction in parts of speech and sentence structure with down-to-earth examples, funny illustrations, and examination of some of the more amusing and peculiar words in the English language. A chapter on clear e-mail communication and etiquette is brand new in this edition, as are many of the author’s challenging “Brain Ticklers.” Her helpful chapter on how to edit a school paper has also been heavily revised and updated.
- Painless Writing
by Jeffrey Strausser
Titles in Barron's Painless Series are textbook supplements designed especially for classroom use by middle-school and high school students. The approach of each title is an appeal to students who think that the subject is boring, or too difficult, or both. The authors, all experienced educators, take a light approach, showing kids what is most interesting about each subject, and how seemingly difficult problems can be transformed into fun quizzes, brain-ticklers, and challenging puzzles with rational solutions. Here is practical advice that transforms essay writing into a satisfying experience for middle school and senior high school students. The author offers tips on enlivening writing with vivid images, smoothing out sentences, silencing the dull passive voice, and adding rhythm to writing. He also shows how to create a template that students can use when writing research papers for all subjects. In addition, students will find web site reference s cited throughout the text, which they can access. Brain ticklers (short quizzes) appear throughout the book with an answer key at the back.
- Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing
by Josephine Nobisso (Author), Eva Montanari (Illustrator)
Innovative yet accessible writing strategies appropriate for both fiction and nonfiction are presented in this enchanting tale of a writing lion who holds court for a cast of animal friends. Aspiring writers learn the essential nature of nouns and adjectives and how to use them to express their individual visions so that they “show and don’t tell” every time. Writing lessons are cleverly integrated into a tale that incorporates a sound chip, a scratch-and-sniff patch, and a tactile object to engage the aspiring writer’s five senses in fun proofs.
- What Do Authors Do?
by Eileen Christelow
A sprightly text and colorful illustrations follow two creative people-and a talkative dog and cat-through the writing process step by step, from the inspiration for a story to the satisfaction of sharing the book with readers. Eileen Christelow based this instructive picture book on questions children asked during her classroom talks around the country. Simple enough for young children to understand, and with the entertainment value of fiction, "What Do Authors Do?" is children's nonfiction at its best.
- Woe is I Jr.: The Younger Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
by Patricia T. O'Conner (Author), Tom Stiglich (Illustrator)
Shrek? Earwax-flavored jelly beans? Poems about meatballs? Who on earth would use all these to explain the rules of grammar? Must be Patricia T. O'Conner!
Just like Woe Is I, her national bestseller for adults, the junior version uses simple language and entertaining examples to make good English fun. Hey, nobody ever said grammar has to gruesome or gross or grim.
- Writer's Workshop, The: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing
by Gregory L. Roper (Author)
The Writer’s Workshop takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old. Today, rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2,500 years in Western education. Gregory Roper, on the other hand, helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past themselves learned: by carefully imitating masters of the craft, including Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Charles Dickens, Sojourner Truth, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. By living in their workshops and apprenticing to these and other masters, apprentice writers—like apprentice musicians, painters, and blacksmiths of the past—will rapidly improve the complexity of their art and discover their own native voices.
Interspersed into chapters full of sound practical advice and challenging assignments are reflections on Great Ideas from “Realism and Impressionism” to “Nominalism and Modern Science.” Perfect for the college or even high school writing classroom—as well as a marvelous book for homeschoolers and others who would like to improve their own writing—The Writer’s Workshop is a fine practical guide, and Dr. Roper a friendly yet demanding teacher-mentor.
- Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly
by Gail Carson Levine
In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of great writing. She shows how you, too, can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters—and much, much more. She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck—and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.
- Written Anything Good Lately?
by Susan Allen (Author), Jane Lindaman (Author), Vicky Enright (Illustrator)
Have you ever thought about all the different types of writing you can do? You may write papers for school and e-mails to your friends. Some of you might enjoy writing stories and poems. Communicating through writing can take many forms. This book will show you twenty-six of them – one for each letter of the alphabet. In school you could write to answer Questions on a Quiz, prepare a Report on the Rainforest, or create a Sensational Speech for Social Studies. After school you might write a Long Letter to a pen pal in London, a Newsletter for the Nature club, or a Play to Put on for your Parents. You could even write a book like this one, making up your own list of 26 more ways to communicate with words!
- You Can Write A Story (Spiral-bound)
by Lisa Bullard
Adorable illustrations, step-by-step instruction and solid information stir up a recipe for writing success! A child's step-by-step guide to picking characters, developing plots and writing really great stories. Whimsically illustrated with a recipe motif, this is perfect for kids who love to write, or those who need a fun approach to encourage them. The playful design and lively, conversational content develops skills yet leaves room for a child's creativity. Spiral binding makes this a great gift that is user-friendly!