Here and abroad

Hi everyone,

I had a fine time yesterday on Larry Freund’s Talk Radio show, which was co-hosted by David Eslick. Left to right in the photo are David, Larry and me. Larry, thanks again for the opportunity to present and discuss my new book with Mary Jo Fresch, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS.

On another front I received a note from a student in France who has read “It’s Me” in her classroom. She isn’t the first one but I’ll relate hers.

“Hello, I’m one of the 12th grade students of Miss Plessis. I just wanted to say that is a great and funny anecdote ! Also “It’s Me”, fit much more with the “Marilyn Diptych” of Andy Warhol than the “cow”.
It is also a very original poem! We read it out loud in class with several people (one person did a sentence and an other did the next sentence), and it was a very fun moment to give a voice to your poem!
Goodbye ! ”

Some of you might remember this poem. I wrote it for Jan Greenberg’s book of poetry inspired by art called HEART TO HEART. It has been picked up in various other publications, including ART AND ARTISTS (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets). It was inspired by an Andy Warhol painting of cows but when we couldn’t obtain the use of the painting I switched to Marilyn Monroe because we could get that.

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For a free copy of 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS . . .

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Kathy Temean posted on her blog an interview with Mary Jo Fresch and me about our new book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. She also outlines the rules for a drawing for a free copy. Here’s what she says:

“All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.” And here’s the link to her blog. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/book-giveaway-7-keys-to-research-for-writing-success/#comment-83019

Thank you, Kathy!

How to get ready to write

Hi everyone,

I spent yesterday and will work again today putting final touches on my part of the presentation Mary Jo Fresch and I are making at NCTE tomorrow. I think we’re in good shape. Mary Jo has created a beautiful set of slides for our PorwerPoint. The main inspiration for this 75-minute talk springs from our just published book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. We’ll sign copies of the book at the Scholastic booth right after we finish.

We all know the importance of preparation before we begin something. A simple grocery list requires research. Do we need milk? Check the fridge. Soup? Check the pantry. Otherwise you may wind up with three jars of pickles as I have now. Try writing twenty-five words about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity without doing a little homework first. Kids in school spend more than 15,000 hours from K-12 getting ready for life, yet we don’t help them understand the importance of getting to write.

Our book was written to provide practical activities teachers can use to help their students learn what they can do to prepare before they begin writing. And that’s the subject of our presentation. Wish us luck!

First copy of 7 KEYS

Hi everyone,
One of the highlights of my trip to New York City came during my visit with Tara Welty and Marci McLarty at Scholastic Teacher References when I was handed my first copy of the new book co-authored with Mary Jo Fresch. I know you’ve seen the cover before but now the book is real at last and handsome and beautiful and wonderful and in my hands!

One of the elements I like most is the addition of teachers and their students to the book. I talk about how writers prepare to write. Mary Jo talks about how teachers can use these tips to help their kids learn how to prepare for their own writing. So far so good, but the proof of the value comes from real teachers working with real students to follow our suggestions and produce evidence of how they are applying what they learn. Hooray!

We are so grateful to Maria Blair, Lesley Conway, Patricia Cooley, Talitha Helming, Susan Hutchens, Dawn Licata, Yvonne Lustgarten, and Ken Slesarik for their patience, talent, and enormous help from first to last as our book developed slowly but surely. Thank you everyone. You’re the best! And so are your students!!

I checked Amazon.com yesterday and we already ranked 382 under “Composition and Writing.” Not a bad start for a book that technically isn’t available for a few more days.