What a privilege it is to announce these two books, both due out in 2021:
Growing Writers: Principles for High School Writers and their Teachers, published by NCTE, brings research-based guiding principles into contact with the things high school writing teachers and their students do every day. Blending chapters written by me with chapters written by teachers all over the USA, this book shows how centering our practice on a set of shared principles backed by current research helps our work cohere. These principles help us discern what practices are worth holding onto and what we might reject, and they help us keep students and their real needs as writers at the center of our teaching. Growing Writers is part of the Principles in Practice series/imprint edited by Cathy Fleischer. If you don’t know this series, you should; all of the books are fantastic in their strong basis in the shared knowledge of our field, through the lively and authentic voices of working teachers and teacher educators.
InkWell: Simple Writing Practices to Restore Your Soul, published by Broadleaf, is unlike my previous work in that it’s not a book for educators, it is a book for anyone who feels soul-tired. Who wants to slow down, look inward, and better connect to what is important. Who wants to learn to listen to the heart and spirit just as much as the head. This book leads readers interactively through a series of writing activities that provoke spiritual recollection, reflection, and restoration. Born out of years of working not only as a writing teacher and scholar but also as a person of faith and leader of faith groups, workshops, and retreats, this book is a tool for anyone, regardless of faith background, who wants to dig deeper.
I’m looking forward to sharing these. 2021, we’re ready for you!