Friday, November 16, 2012

Two Weeks of Thanks-Giving!

Hello, readers! With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it's time to kick off our annual Two Weeks of Thanks-Giving celebration.

Please join us in penning a writing-related thank you. You may write your thank you in prose or a poetry form, but we especially hope you'll try a thanku – a thank you in haiku form. (See Esther's post last year explaining the Thanku form.) You might express your gratitude to a writing teacher who helped you along the way. You might thank a writer whose work you admire. Classroom teachers, Carmela issued you a special challenge to give your students the same assignment. Read about that in her original post.

We invite all our readers and fellow bloggers to share their thank yous with us. You can do so in one of three ways:
1) a comment to one of our posts,
2) an email to us at teachingauthors [at] gmail [dot] com, or
3) by writing a thank-you blog post of your own and then sharing the link with us via 1) or 2). Feel free to copy and paste the above image into your blog post. We'd love if you'd also link back to this post and invite others to participate. 

Please keep your creations to 25 words or less. You have until November 30. On that day we'll post a round-up of links to all the participating bloggers' posts.

Meanwhile, here's a little background on my thanku. When I was green as grass, two particular writing mentors provided steadfast friendship and cheerleading. Their encouragement made tolerable my many, many rejections. I'm sad to say that both of these nurturing souls have passed on, but, David R. Collins and Mel Boring, this one's for you:

                                                             Your steadfast support
                                                     sparked hope in this newbie heart
                                                               and made me believe.

For those of you who entered our book giveaway hoping to win an autographed copy of my new book, Angry Birds Playground:  Animals, my husband just chose a name out of a hat (okay, a measuring cup). And the winner is....
                                                                    Kristen Larson

Kristen, I'll be contacting you soon.  :)   THANK YOU to those who entered.

Jill Esbaum


  1. What a fun idea! I will share it with my readers next week! :-)

  2. Thanks, Anastasia! Should be fun to see what readers come up with. :)

  3. Thanks Jill! I look forward to hearing from you. I know my boys will love this book. Kirsten Larson

  4. What a great idea! I'll pass it along. :)

  5. I love the idea of a thanku poem. I just crafted one, which I posted at I'll also be featuring this idea in my Thanksgiving Day post, which will go live on Thursday at

  6. This is very cool. Here is my link to my Thanku post.

  7. Here is a link to my trio of thanku poems. Thanks for encouraging me to try this form.


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