Teacher’s Edition of This Is Not a Writing Manual!!

Are you an English teacher? A librarian? A literacy specialist? Working in anything reading-and-writing related for grades 7-12, and even college undergrads?

Then this special announcement is for you!

Writer’s Digest Books, the publisher of This Is Not a Writing Manual, has just released a Teacher’s Edition PDF with FREE new content I’ve designed especially for teachers.

You may know or remember that I am a teacher myself (first as a graduate student, then as a full time faculty member in an undergrad writing program; at the moment I freelance in libraries and schools who invite me).  I dedicated a whole chapter to the synergy of teaching and writing in my book, and I just blogged over at The Review Review about how to balance teaching and writing when the going gets tough.  Teaching, like writing, is in me.

Teaching is another way I have invested myself in the lives of young writers.  Now, in my capacity as a writer-teacher, I want to help teachers mentor as many young writers and other kinds of artists and word-people (future editors, PR mavens, etc), as possible.

So I’m giving away some of my best teaching material. 

The Teacher’s Edition PDF, which is available for download here by anyone who thinks they might use it, contains the following materials, which is new and not available anywhere else:

  • 5 of my favorite creative writing lessons plans, complete with time break-downs for hour-long class sessions.  Each lesson can be used on their own, or as part of a progressive unit.  They all are  tailored to help you meet those Common Core Standards, too.  I also offer advanced options in each lesson for older and/or more experienced writing students.  Plus, these are fun lessons designed to help “writer” students improve, and reluctant writers engage–with strategies like writing from the point of view of a dog, and ruminating on TGIF, students will hardly realize they are learning to use writing essentials like voice, theme, showing-not-telling, dialogue, critique, character development, and more.
  • A Bonus revision workshop called “Cut Half” (which requires students to, yes, cut half of a draft–gulp!).
  • Workshop Ground Rules
  • Guide to Forming a Teen Writing Group
  • A Reader’s Guide full of excellent questions for discussing This Is Not a Writing Manual, designed by Lourdes Keochgerien, YARN’s Editor-at-Large (who also freelances as a guide creator, should you need those services yourself).

As always, I welcome comments, questions, Tweets, and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads!  Please help me spread the word about this resource for educators!

Thank you.

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