This book is a great book for a writer

By Amazon Customer 

This book is a great book for a writer, non-writer, budding writer, creative mind, student, teacher (great to use in the classroom for those young creative minds!) and really, anyone. I myself am not a writer, but the prompts in this book get you motivated to start writing and it's a great experience. The book is filled with many prompts and there are even more prompts available on the book's site [...] through online workshops!

Leigh does an amazing job at breaking down what it means to be ...

By B. Gougeon 

Leigh does an amazing job at breaking down what it means to be a "wounded writer" and then goes on to help you fix it. I use this book personally for my own writing as well as with my classroom. Leigh makes it clear that teachers need to be the example, so if we want our kids to write we need to be writing! Amazing book!

A book every teacher teaching writing must have, it's applicable for all grade levels.

By Sana

Every teacher should own Wounded Writers Ask: Am I doing It Write? This book will help your students tap into their creative schema and produce writings that will take them to places they have yet to discover.

This book is divided into four chapters, and in each chapter, there are lessons aligned in an easy-to-follow manner. The teacher is informed what to say before the writing, during the writing, and after the writing. Before the writing, you give an introduction and an example of the designated lesson topic; during the writing, you give tips and ideas on how they can individualize the topic; after the writing, the teacher is given different approaches on how to share students’ writings.

The writings are in the form of free-writes, they’re opportunities for students to write raw, meaningful thoughts that first come to their minds. The free-writes can stop there, or they could use one of their free writes to build and expand on a writing assignment they currently have, or might have in the future. This book enables students to develop ideas for various types of writings, some examples are: Narrative, persuasive, creative, opinion, and descriptive writings. For we all know, students’ initial struggle is formulating an original idea on what to write, the first sentence that comes out of their mouths is, “But I can’t think of anything to write about!” Leigh’s book fixes that statement, and she does it in a way where the struggle of writing is replaced with a pleasurable, meaningful, and an eye-awakening experience- for both, the students and teacher.

This book is an excellent resource for the classroom teacher

By Dawnstef 

This book is an excellent resource for the classroom teacher. It gives practical topics for a teacher to use in the classroom with samples of student writing to share. It would be particularly useful for the older grades (Grade 6 to high school) but has applications to all grade levels. It is particularly helpful for igniting open dialogue in the classroom and to help students think about topics to explore in their own personal writing. It links to different genres of writing (poetry, prose, music, etc, touches upon different societal issues (gender inequality), and has fun with writing at the same time (shopping lists, game shows, humor etc).

I find the book very practical because each "lesson" is broken into 4 parts - first, it references a piece of writing to be shared with the group - that students will use to "spark" their own ideas. Then it has a "minds on" activity in order to evolve thinking prior to writing "before writing", a "during writing" piece and an "after writing" piece.

Each writing activity begins with an introduction which is often reference to a website, song, poem, or piece of writing. These pieces referenced could be shared in the classroom (such as a picture book) or further explored if the idea resonates with your particular group or even used for professional growth. After the introduction piece, there is a "Before Writing" activity that often includes a topic to introduce, key questions to begin discussions and ways to encourage students to draw upon their own personal experiences. Next is a "During Writing" piece that gives the teachers a few key points to give to students in order to drive the focus of the writing. Finally, there is a "after writing" segment that gives samples of student writing and ways for the educator to use the piece to share (whether in groups, sharing part of their work, partners etc).

I highly recommend this book because it is a practical, user friendly tool for those that need a starting point for their writing It could also be used as tool for those who are not educators, but just want to explore their own personal, creative writing as well. As the author states,

A must-read for all writers - and non-writers alike!

By AuthorVanessaShields 

Leigh's first book, hopefully not her last, is a strong, inspiring, motivational, user-friendly, hand-on-pen and pen-to-paper guide for all writers - wounded or not (even though, we ALL are wounded in some way, shape or form!). It is a smooth read that you can take your time with or plough through - either approach will get you writing from your heart centre, and writing with a freedom you may not have felt before. She offers simple instructions for anyone 'teaching' writing - giving before,during and after prompts - that make each writing 'session' or 'lesson' easy to move through. The examples of poetry Leigh has researched and included in the book are varied and unique, aiding the reader/writer to think differently and write from different themes/places they may not have discovered previously. One of my favourite parts in the book are the writing examples from Leigh's students. Not only is the writing strong and honest, it proves that Leigh's prompts, 'sessions' and wounded-writer questions are legitimate and real - and if we use them, our writing live will flourish, and our woundedness will find a place on the page to escape.

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