May 3rd, 2011
What can you learn about writing from an award-winning children’s book author? Carolyn Coman (What Jamie Saw, The Memory Bank) has taught writers of all ages and shares her fiction-writing wisdom along with a repertoire of practical exercises in her new book, Writing Stories.
Helping your students understand and incorporate the shape of a story—its beginning, middle, and end—will make them stronger writers in any genre or form. Starting with the invitation to “go to a different world,” Carolyn leads you (and your students) through the nuts and bolts of sitting down to write, getting ideas, developing a narrative arc, plot, character, setting, dialogue, and point of view. She also offers sound advice on responding to writing, one-on-one conferences, and helping young writers overcome common obstacles.
Carolyn writes, “Everything in this book about writing is for you, too—every exercise, and bit of encouragement.” Teachers who approach their own writing with trepidation will come away feeling more confident and capable as they guide their students to become better writers. And experienced writing teachers will find new ideas and approaches to add to their tool kits.
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