2 thoughts on “Invent Yourself As A Writer”

  1. Sonya, thank you so much for linking to my article in such a beautifully written post. I’m so glad that it’s been helpful to you. I also have Austin Kleon’s list clipped as inspiration; what an honor to have my work connected with his!

    Your stories of the two students who helped you make breakthroughs are inspiring! They both seem to really *get* what it takes to be a writer. If you keep thinking about how they got where they did, I’m sure you’ll be able to help other students get to the same place.

    I wonder if you’ve heard of the book The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hicks. It’s written for teachers of older kids, I suppose, but it’s a great resource for using new technologies to find those “authentic audiences” that can be so essential in creating a writer.

    All kids deserve to have teachers that care as much as you do. Best of luck to you, and have fun with your writing!

    1. Patricia, Thank you for your great comment! I really appreciate it! I love Austin Kleon’s work and your ideas about what kids need coupled with his ‘stealing’ tips just really resonated with me. I know (think?) you write predominently for a home-school audience, but I think it is just as important for teachers in schools to think about the reasons why people want to homeschool and to endeavor to provide the same experience at school. I have worked in Title 1 schools and in private schools and I know that the rich language experience just doesn’t exist at home for some kids – so I see it as my job to provide it at school. Your post was just what I was looking for to affirm what I think I already knew! Thank you for the book suggestion – I will definitely check it out. And thank you for your kind words – I really love teaching and the more I do it, the more I mess up, try new things, keep seeking out ideas from all walks of life, the more I love it!

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