Interesting Books and Websites to Encourage the Writer in All of Us

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Over the years, teachers, students, and I have assembled a running list of books and websites that encourage us to be writers with each other. These books and websites contain great writing experiments to try, essential information and guides for form, the keys to the language of writing we want to develop and share, and the names of fellow writers and teachers that we should be connected to. Click on any of them to explore. Chime in with other suggestions, and I’ll be sure to add them in.

Books on writing with kids

Poetry Everywhere by Jack Collom

Handbook of Poetic Forms – Ron Padgett

The Alphabet of the Trees – Christian McEwen

June Jordan’s Poetry for the People – Lauren Muller

Inside Out by Dan Kirby

The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom & the Community By Dave Morice

The List Poem: A Guide to Teaching & Writing Catalog Verse By Larry Fagin

Moving Windows: Evaluating the Poetry Children Write By Jack Collom

Talking to the Sun: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People By Kenneth Koch & Kate Farrell

True Notebooks : A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman

Rose, Where Did You Get that Red? – Kenneth Koch

Sleeping on the Wing – Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell

What is Poetry – Daniel Kane

Third Mind – Tonya Foster and Kristin Prevallet

The Whole Word Catalogue – Rosellen Brown

The Oulipo Compendium – Harry Mathews, et. al.

Old Faithful – Christopher Edgar and Ron Padgett

Writers talking about how and why they write books

The Writer’s Desk by Jill Krementz

The Writers Notebook edited by Howard Junker

Great websites and organizations

Teachers and Writers –

826 Valencia –

Pennsounds –

Charles Bernstein and Bernadette Mayer Writing Experiments –

Category: Being a writer
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