In order to teach writing effectively, teachers must be writers themselves. Only by engaging in the real work of writing can teachers become part of the writing community they dream of creating for their students. In her new book, 59 Reasons to Write , Kate Messner offers mini-lessons, writing prompts, and bursts of inspiration designed to get you writing every day, whether on your own or as part of a group. Dozens of guest authors also share their writing processes and secrets, from brainstorming ideas and organizing research to developing characters and getting unstuck from writer's block. Daily warm-ups will help you flex your writing muscles and energize your teaching.
Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books for young readers. Her first novel, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. , won the 2010 E.B. White Read-Aloud Medal for Older Readers, while its follow-up, Sugar and Ice (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2010), was a Junior Library Guild selection. Kate is also the author of the popular Marty McGuire chapter book series and Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries with Scholastic. Kate lives on Lake Champlain, USA.