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Writers Unblocked: Profiles from the Academy for Young Writers

Writers Unblocked: Profiles from the Academy for Young Writers

Synopsis

Students profile professional writers in the world around them and reflect on their own identity as writers.

About

All too often, students are led to believe that the only writers who matter are those found in bookstores and on library shelves. Writers Unblocked, a collection of profiles written by students and aspiring writers, offers readers a glimpse into the lives of people from all professions who identify first and foremost as writers: television producers, college students, architects, magazine contributors, comedians, and editors, to name a few.

Curriculum Embedded Project

The book was created by ninth graders at the Academy for Young Writers who had the unique opportunity to profile real writers in the world around them. Inspired by and connected to the school's philosophy, they probed into the lives, practices, fears and motivations of their subjects and thought deeply about how writing plays a role in virtually everyone's life. They also reflected visually on how they saw themselves as writers by creating still-life photographs that encouraged them to experiment with symbolism, metaphor, and composition.

Specifications

  • Author: Ninth Grade Students at the Academy for Young Writers 2006-07
  • Price: 14.95
  • Year of Publication: 2007
  • Binding: Paperback
  • # of pgs.: 160

Reviews

"As a young adult novelist, it was such a gift to, literally, come face to face with my readers. I found myself wishing I'd had something like this when I was in school. It's the human contact that demystifies the professional reminds us that everyone has a story. Every voice is unique."

Mary Hogan, young adult author of Perfect Girl, The Serious Kiss, and the Susanna Series