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!

    • 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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