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What the Best Writing Teachers Know

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A high school student explains how she discovered the "two dimensions" of writing.
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Games for writers and word play | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Games for writers and word play | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

An extensive but by no means exhaustive list of board games that teach vocabulary and word play. 

 

 

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If you are going to be a writer, you must love the tools of the trade -- words.

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Fashions and Gifts for Angry Writers

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Apparel and gifts for frustrated novelists, grumpy poets and other angry writers (and the muses who torment them).
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Lots of gift ideas for the writer in your life.

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Mary Oliver - Books, Biography, Poetry » Mary Oliver reads Mornings at Blackwater

Mary Oliver - Books, Biography, Poetry » Mary Oliver reads Mornings at Blackwater | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Mary Oliver is the author of many famous poems, including The Journey, Wild Geese, The Summer Day, and When Death Comes.
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One of my favorite poets.

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Bloomsbury - Bloomsbury Spark

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Interesting. Major publisher. E-books.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, May 7, 2013 10:19 PM

Would you like to see your e-book published by imprint of Bloomsbury?

 

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The Dreamy Giraffe

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Via mooderino
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Love it.

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Laura Laframboise Jennison's curator insight, May 9, 2013 4:40 PM

Might kill some scenes and plot points too. But chances are they are well deserved deaths.

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5 Insights into the Creative Process | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

5 Insights into the Creative Process | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

I finished an art project recently that made me realize that I have a rather messy creative process. Maybe everyone does, but I doubt everyone ends up with 6 finished pieces where they intended to make one. That would be what happened to me.

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Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com

Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Encourages students to learn about ancient Japanese Samurai through reading, repsonding to, and writing haiku.
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Good Haiku Definition pdf and Haiku Organizer pdf.

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Scholastic.com |Writing with Writers: Poetry: Jean Marzollo

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Learn how to write I Spy riddle rhymes with Jean Marzollo, aimed for grades 2-5. Use these great tips and activities to get published online!
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To Be Creative and A Mother - The Creative Mind

To Be Creative and A Mother - The Creative Mind | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
How does being a mother affect a creative woman, especially someone engaged in a career in the arts?

 

“The motherhood thing – I think of it like a marathon, except a marathon is over in a day. It’s an endurance test and it’s something you absolutely can’t stop for a second" Filmmaker Caren McCaleb

 

The image is from a new documentary Lost in Living – “the story of four extraordinary women who share their personal triumphs and struggles as mothers and as artists..."


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The Power of the Mind | Visual.ly

The Power of the Mind | Visual.ly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This infographic details several interesting experiments and illusions that show how big of a role your mind plays in your perception of yourself and
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Perception is everything. That is why a number of people can write books about the same topic--but produce totally different stories.

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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.
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Slideshow with quotes from famous authors.

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WritersBeat.com

The official writing forums of Writer's Beat. Post your stories, share some feedback, read the e-zine, become part of the writing community!
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Looking for a writer community? Check this out.

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Writing outside the comfort zone — literally | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Writing outside the comfort zone — literally | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Where do you write? Center of the room? Perfect Office? Not for me.

 

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What are you waiting for? The perfect writing environment? Might never happen. Don't be like the exerciser that can't exercise until she buys new workout clothes. Start. Right. Now.

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This Craft Called Writing

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a blog about writing, editing and being published
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Some good tips from author Celia Rees.

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Digital Writing Tools Trails Optional

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writing and use the power of the digital medium to create multimodal, interactive texts. Please add more examples in the comments, I want to keep collecting

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Some intesting ways to tell stories.

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BookChook's curator insight, May 8, 2013 2:26 AM

Various tools and websites that encourage kids and adults to write.

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» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology

» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When it comes to creativity, distractions “are a mixed blessing,” according to Christina Rosalie, a writer, mixed-media artist and author of A Field Guide

Via MyCreativeTeam
Sarah McElrath's insight:

I really like the number 3 kitchen timer idea. When difficulties arise, it is so easy to walk away, but if I am forced to keep my butt in the chair, often I can push through the problem.

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Cracks Jokes During Commencement Speech [VIDEO]

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo returned to his alma mater to give the commencement speech, which attracted many laughs, to 2013 University of Michigan graduates.
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Look at the other great commencement speaches at the end of the article. Inspiring stuff.

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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Poetry Experts help students develop their own craft to work from idea to published piece. Learn how to craft well-controlled metaphors with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. And see how Sylvia Plath used imagery in her poem, "Morning Song". (PDF)

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Students can chat with fellow writers, publish their work, and build their portfolio.

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Using Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging | Scholastic.com

Using Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
In this unit plan from veteran teacher Kechia Williams, students read poems on change and growth and contemplate the idea of belonging.
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55 Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom (4) - Google Drive

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LOTS of possibilites here. (drawback is that some are not free)

 

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1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,...

1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,... | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
“1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction. 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and...”

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Interesting. How many of the seven do you fit?

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Peter Shanks's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:41 AM

Norwegian researchers find the 7 characteristics of highly creative people. Pair with John Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative and Ira Glass on the secret of success in creative work.

Particularly interesting and counter-intuitive is #6 – but then again, we do know that emotional excess is essential to creativity.