Lucky you!S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet, can sit on your bookshelf, too - in your home, classroom, library or writing room, ready to ready writers young and young-at-heart.
All you need do is (1) read and consider the twenty-six A-to-Z words I selected to best represent a writer’s life and process (listed below), then (2) submit via the comment form at the end of this post, using twenty-five words or less, the lettered entry you would have included and let us know why.
Be sure to provide your name and email address – and - submit your entry before midnight Monday, October 12 (CST). And if you haven't entered one of our giveaways before, be sure to read our general giveaway guidelines.
My selection process was ripe with challenge.
I considered what my readers (ages 6 through 12) likely knew about writing.
I asked, “What might they want to know?”
I weighed, “What do they need to know?”
I pondered my story’s narrative arc and how my words could both inform and inspire.
Finally, I brought my book’s idea to Ms. Jenny Vincent’s talented ’08 fifth graders at Chicago’s Louisa May Alcott Public School, inviting them to help me brainstorm further.
Their brilliant insights earned them my gratitude as well as S is for Story’s author’s dedication.
My Writer’s Alphabet offers up the following A-to-Z words:
Alphabet, Book, Character, Draft, Edit, Fairy Tales, Genre, Heroes and Heroines, Ideas, Journals, (Four) Kinds of Writing, Letters, Notebook, Observe, Plot, Question Words, Revision, Story, Tall Tales, Unstoppable, Voice, Word Choice, eXpression and Your Story.
My M word? The Alcott School Young Writers gifted me with the (perfect!) entry that sits smack dab in the middle of my writer’s alphabet.
As for my Z word, check back Monday, October 5 when I begin the first of five posts to answer my fellow TeachingAuthors’ questions. Each post will also offer a Writer's Workout.
Zachary Pullen’s singular, compelling S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet’s illustrations reflect his respect for young writers and writing. Visit Zak’s website to learn more about his work and other books.
My website offers Young Writers Extras – opportunities to write, read, and discover, at home, in school, or at the library.
Visit my website’s newest page, Tour, to learn the What, When, and Where of my out-and-about book events, signings, school visits, conference engagements, writer presentations, teacher workshops, and upcoming October-through November Blog Tour.
A Teacher's Guide is available at Sleeping Bear Press’ website.
So, what lettered word would you have included were you creating a Writer’s alphabet, and why?
Perhaps A is for Author.
B is for Biography.
M is for Mechanics.
Or P is for Punctuation.
Maybe S is for Sentences.
W is for Writing.
X is for Rejection.
Or Z is for Zeal.
Remember: once you decide, it’s ABC-easy.
And, be sure to submit your entry (including name and email address) before Midnight, October 12, 2009 (CST). The winner will be announced Wednesday, October 14, 2009.
An autographed copy of S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet could soon be yours!
(Note: book images used with permission)