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Why I Write

Celebrities Speak to the importance of writing and the National Day on Writing.

 

Nancie Atwell 

Nancie Atwell
Teacher and author Nancie Atwell talks about the importance and power of writing in the lives of young adolescents.

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 T.A. Barron 

T.A. Barron
T.A. Barron explains how writing is a great way to explore and travel.  Are you ready to start the adventure?

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 Glenda Burgess 

Glenda Burgess
Novelist Glenda Burgess speaks about how to help the writing find you.

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 Fran Claggett 

Fran Claggett
Teacher and author Fran Claggett shares a poem illustrating the journey that writing is.

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 Sarah Dessen 

Sarah Dessen
Author Sarah Dessen talks about how writing has been the one consistant thing in her life.

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 James Cross Giblin 

James Cross Giblin
Children’s author James Cross Giblin talks about the satisfaction of writing a good sentence.

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 Adrian Fogelin 

Adrian Fogelin
Children's author Adrian Fogelin explains how curiosity is the basic key to writing.

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 Betsy Franco 

Betsy Franco
Betsy Franco, author of children’s books and young adult novel Metamorphosis, Junior Year, reflects on how writing keeps her sane.

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Emily Goodman
First-time children's author Emily Goodman discusses how writing clarifys her thinking.

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 Laurie Halse Anderson 

Laurie Halse Anderson
Author Laurie Halse Anderson explains the reasons why she loves to write.

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 James Holden 

James Holden
Former English teacher and author James Holden talks about writing on tennis.

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 Christine Jennings Dixon 

Christine Jennings Dixon
Author Christine Jennings Dixon talks about writing as a means for personal discovery.

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 Jacqueline Jules 

Jacqueline Jules
Teacher, librarian, children's author, and poet Jacqueline Jules describes her passion for writing a poem.

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 Gail Langer Karwoski 

Gail Langer Karwoski
What is writing like?  It’s like “giving a giant hug to the universe”, says children’s author Gail Langer Karwoski.

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 Cynthia Leitich Smith 

Cynthia Leitich Smith
Children's and young adult author Cynthia Leitich Smith speaks of how she writes both what she knows and what she likes to read.

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 Sarah McCoy 

Sarah McCoy
Sarah McCoy, author of The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico, talks about how "a day without writing is like a day without food." 

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 Pat Mora 

Pat Mora
Former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat Mora, discusses the reasons why she writes.

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 Katherine Paterson 

Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson speaks about the gift of readers she's received from her writing.

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 James Patterson 

James Patterson
Author James Patterson discusses how he writes and offers suggestions for those who wish to become writers. 

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 Elizabeth TenHouten 

Elizabeth TenHouten
Author and Editor-in-Chief of Celeb Staff Magazine Elizabeth TenHouten shares advice for how aspiring writers can express their strengths and vulnerabilities.

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 Natasha Wing 

Natasha Wing
Children's book adult author Natasha Wing speaks of how she writes because she's a very curious person.

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