Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing

(Roost Books/Shambhala, 2010; 246 pgs; $14.95; ages 8 and older)

A go-to guide of wacky writing experiments guaranteed to get kids of ALL ages to reach for a pen or pencil. Notes of Encouragement are written directly to young writers from Annie Barrows, Lemony Snicket, Gary Soto, Avi, Patricia Polacco, Naomi Shihab Nye, Betsy Franco, Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Karen Cushman, and Lewis Buzbee… Homeschooling communities choose RTP! for its playful approach. Elementary school teachers use RTP! for engaging prompts and mini lesson plans. College level instructors keep RTP! around to de-traumatize incoming freshman. Education Departments include it on reading lists for pre-service teachers. Translated into Russian and Korean.

Rip ALL the Pages! 52 Tear-Out Adventures for Creative Writers

(Roost Books/Shambhala, 2019; 52 pgs; $12.95; ages 8 and older)

Rip ALL the Pages! is a super-rad book packed with smart, engaging, challenging writing prompts that are sure to stoke the creative fires in writers of all ages!”                         -Kate Schatz, NY Times bestselling author of Rad Girls Can!
This is the activity book for out-of-bounds creative writing fun. Rip ALL… will take your writing to new places, literally! Make a wish and fold it into a paper crane; pen a secret poem and place it somewhere for a stranger to find; dash out your dreams before sending them soaring as a paper airplane–there’s no end to the imaginative ways to use words and paper.

Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing

Write Back Soon! Teacher’s Guide (meets Common Core Standards for 6th grade) PDF HERE

(Roost Books/Shambhala, 2015; 240 pgs; $16.95; ages 12 and older)

WBS! inspires us to write from the heart and not just with our fingertips flying across the screen… Thanks for the wonderful examples of letter writers far and wide.” -Monica Brown, author of Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

WBS! is for anyone who loves hand-written notes. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Ruth Ozeki, Jane Hirshfield, J. Ruth Gendler, Natalie Goldberg, Ava Dellaria, Jon J Muth, Wendy Mass, Claire Dederer, Gary Snyder, Alison Luterman… The simple act of penning notes and sending letters via snail mail re-connects us to friends, parents, grandparents, and to ourselves.

Leap Write In! Adventures in Creative Writing To Stretch And Surprise Your One-Of-A-Kind Mind

(Roost Books/Shambhala, 2013; 282 pgs; $16.95; ages 10 and older)

LEAP! gives young writers permission to explore the illogical, the heartspace, the wilderness of imagination. The clear, compelling writing adventures pull down any guard, any walls you might have in order to release the unexpected within.”                   -Betsy Franco, author of Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teens

A group of  middle school students assisted in crafting the experimental chapters in LEAP! and weren’t shy about expressing what prompts held their interest. (The parts they didn’t like got left out!)  LEAP! contains a rippling memoir (mine) throughout and invites readers to remember and create their own real life stories of surprise. LEAP! encourages you to explore the territory of your heart and mind, to trust yourself, and ultimately to be your own writing guide.

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(Conflux Press, 2004; 41 pgs; $10) Contact me to purchase

Sister is an ode to childhood that explores the love and loss between siblings. Jane Hirshfield said of Sister: “These are tactful, beautiful poems of grief-acknowledgment and deep connection, each holding a clean-cut wedge of the clearly seen, the precisely felt, the fully lived.”  This small collection is often purchased for friends and for sisters.