Tag: writing

Teaching Children Character Building Concepts: An Interview with Author Gretchen Burman


Who is Gretchen Burman? My name is Gretchen Burman, mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fabulous and supportive husband.  When I was pregnant ten years ago, I was freaking out thinking how I would raise capably, caring and happy children.  What did I need to proactively and reactively teach them so they […]

Another Successful College Essay Writing Camp!


  During the week of July 17th, I facilitated the Write on Fight on College Essay Camp for a great group of rising 12th grade students. Throughout the week we learned: Why writers should brainstorm like Vin Diesel… Fast &Furious Why, as writers, should always create more content then we actually need How to destroy […]

“I wanted to write something that brought people together.” An Interview with Author Lisa Colozza Cocca


Lisa Colozza Cocca is the author of PROVIDENCE, a YA novel from SimonPulse/ an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and numerous school and library titles, as well as textbooks, workbooks, and classroom kits. She grew up in Cohoes, New York and moved to New Jersey after college. Lisa works fulltime as a freelance writer and […]

Introducing Girls to STEM: An Interview with Award Winning Author Laurie Wallmark


Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark’s debut picture book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books, 2015), received four starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and many national awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book and Cook Prize Honor Book. Her recently released picture book biography, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer […]

This One Simple Tool Will Make You a More Effective Writing Teacher


Teenagers are notorious for their lack of attention and internal busyness– especially in a classroom. They live in a chronic state of unawareness and have a cantankerous yearning to be somewhere else. “I want to go to sleep.” “I want to go home.” “I’m starving, when’s lunch?” And in these modern times of computers and […]

3 Strategies You Need to Know When Teaching Writing to Teenagers


Teenagers often swagger into an English classroom with a fixed mindset. A mindset of either: 1. I’m not good at writing and never will be. or 2. I’ve always earned high marks in English and past rubrics indicate I’ve achieved mastery in writing. My experiences have shown me that though it’s difficult to transform a fixed […]

37 Thoughts I Had About Life This Past Year


  I turn 37 this week. To my surprise, I don’t mind getting older. Seriously. I would much rather be 37 then 27. Sure 10 years ago I was a few pounds lighter and strapped with a few less responsibilities but at 37, I feel like I’m finally starting to really learn some things. I […]

What I Learned from My Year of Writing


This week marks one full year of writing and publishing at least one original blog post a week. I’m proud to announce that this act of showing up and writing stands as a personal milestone. See, for years I wanted to be a writer but convinced myself that the time wasn’t right to undertake such an endeavor. So […]

2016 — A Year in Review: Questioning, Writing, Wearing the Ugliest Sweater I’ve Ever Seen and Celebrating the Only First Date I Would Ever Need


For me, it wasn’t long ago that the end of the year meant partying like a rock star deep into the suburban night followed by long, lazy stretches on the couch, burning afternoons away and watching an endless string of romantic comedies on TBS. But now, I’m proud to announce I’m a responsible adult (of […]

Having fun with injection drugs (or growing goat horns)


For the last three years I’ve been a bit of a pin cushion. Most doctor appointments involve the rolling of a sleeve, an alcohol swab across the crook of my arm and a little pin prick and a lot of blood giving. And you know what, I happily give. Blood and needles have never really […]