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Dear Grace: Climbing Colvin & Blake on 8.1.17

Dear Grace,* This wasn’t technically our first climb of the 2017-2018 hiking season, but it was the first that added to my list of High Peaks. Last week, we hiked Esther as a warm-up mountain (side note: Kate of just a few years ago would have had a good laugh at someone who called an […]

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Teachers Write 8.4.17 A Friday Farewell

It’s hard to believe that our four weeks of writing together are winding down already, but please know that even though we’re not blogging every day, this community doesn’t go away when it’s time to sharpen pencils again. Being a teacher-writer isn’t a one-time professional development goal, so we hope your writing habit lasts far […]

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Teachers Write 8.3.17 Thursday Quick-Write with Alicia Williams

Ready for your final Thursday Quick-Write of the summer? Our guest author today is the brilliant Alicia Williams, whose debut novel comes out in the fall. Alicia is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFAC program. Her debut middle grade novel will be GENESIS RISING, with Atheneum/S&S. She started her storytelling as a folk storyteller and captivates […]

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Teachers Write 8.2.17 Q&A Wednesday

Today is our final Q&A Wednesday for Teachers Write 2017 – one more chance to ask our guest authors all of your questions about writing craft. Today’s guest authors are J. Anderson Coats, Dana Alison Levy, and Karen Romano Young. As always, if you have questions, post in the comments, and our guest authors will […]

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Teachers Write 8.1.17 Tuesday Quick-Write with Leah Henderson

Good morning! Our guest for today’s Tuesday Quick-Write is brilliant debut author Leah Henderson. Leah has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is off on her own, exploring new spaces and places around the world. She received her MFA at Spalding University and currently calls Washington […]

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Teachers Write 7.31.17 Mini-Lesson Monday: The Thing about Things with Kat Yeh

Good morning! Are you ready for one more week of writing together? Head over to Jo’s blog for your Monday Morning Warm-Up, and then come on back for today’s post! Our guest author today is the amazing Kat Yeh. Kat is the award-winning author of middle grade novels, THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE (an NPR Best […]

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Teachers Write 7.28.17 A Friday Reflection with Madelyn Rosenberg

Good morning! It’s Friday, which means there’s an opportunity to get (and give!) feedback over on Gae’s blog. And here, we have guest author Madelyn Rosenberg! Madelyn is is the author of nine books for kids of all ages, including the Nanny X books and the How to Behave books. She wrote her newest book, THIS […]

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Teachers Write 7.27.17 Thursday Quick-Write with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Good morning! Our Thursday Quick-Write today is courtesy of guest author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Olugbemisola is the author of the novel 8th Grade Superzero, co-author of Two Naomis and the forthcoming And Two Naomis Too, with Audrey Vernick. She​ writes for Brightly and has written for Heinemann’s Digital Campus; she has contributed to The Journey Is Everything: Teaching […]

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Esther…and the mountains I climbed last summer

Dear Grace,* It’s been a while. Last summer, I made time for hiking but not documenting those hikes, so this is a bit of a catch-up post. Think of it as the best of the 2016 High Peaks. Also, the worst of the 2016 High Peaks (hello, Allen). August 8, 2016 – Lower Wolfjaw and […]

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Teachers Write 7.26.17 Q&A Wednesday

Good morning! Got questions? Our guest authors have answers! Today on Q&A Wednesday, we have Anne Ursu, Sarah Darer Littman, and Anne Nesbet as our mentor authors. As always, if you have questions for the group, or for a specific author, just post in the comments. They’ll be checking in throughout the day to respond.

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