#writerjam 1st place winner - short story theme "air" My dad left us when I was 2. Mom told me and Cody he went off to go join the military and serve our country, but I overheard mom talking on the phone with grandma. She was saying that he left because he couldn't stand looking at his disabled daughter anymore.
Restless Writer Series, Part 5: Show your Restless Writer they have a talent to be proud of. What better way to show the world that they’re a writer than with some fun gifts? As timid as we writers can be, we truly do like to be known for our talents. We like others to see us as writers. Validate them as a Writer by helping them identify as a Writer
Restless Writer, Part 4: Help them get over the fear: Our kids have all been terrified of doing something in their life, right? Taking the bus to school for the first time. Learning to ride their bike. Volunteering to run for Student Council. Help your Restless Writer remember that they’ve shown bravery in other scary situations:
Restless Writer, Part 3: Listen and be Invested: OMG - your Restless Writer finally agreed to share their work with you! Remember they’re about to share their innermost thoughts, ideas and opinions through a story or poem or essay.
Restless Writer, Part 2: Encourage their story ideas without censoring them: Listen, I’m a mom, I get that we have to protect our kids and be cautious about what they consume. However, I’ve seen so many young writers struggle to come up with ideas because they feel stifled by their teachers or parents who told them they can’t write about...
Restless Writer, Part 1: The Restless Writer wants to write, and does write, but gets easily discouraged by their own inner editor. That doubting voice will whisper lies to them like: “You don’t know what you’re doing.” “Your work is boring and lame.”
Reluctant Writer, Part 5: Every writer needs a Journal. The journal can hold anything, from “Dear Diary, today was the worst.day.ever!” to “I stood up for someone else today” or “I will no longer be afraid of…” or “Five things I noticed today:”
Reluctant Writer, Part 4: Motivate your Reluctant writer with the power of observation: learn how to absorb the world around you through your senses, and learn how these details will enrich and empower your stories!
Reluctant Writer, Part 3: Writers love words. Like a foodie loves different tastes and textures and compositions. Young writers do well when building their vocabulary - or even learning different meanings for common words.
Reluctant Writer, Part 2: If you want to motivate your Reluctant Writer to write, you need to set the mood. With the right tools and the right environment. Let's talk about Writing Tools+ Writing Spaces.
Reluctant Writer, Part 1: The Reluctant Writer: sees writing as a punishment: it is hard, boring and pointless. They need to learn that writing can be fun, expressive and powerful. The reason I started teaching creative writing workshops ten years ago, was because I was raising a Reluctant Writer.