About This Writer’s Life
This Writer’s Life is an educational video series for 8 to 12-year-olds and their classrooms—a resource library if you will—that peeks into the writing process. That means tools, writing activities, guidance, and encouragement for young writers to help develop their unique voices and imaginations.
Plus, each episode features someone I admire in a creative field offering a piece of advice from their own process! I want kid viewers to hear from a diverse scope of creatives from a wide variety of fields to inspire them.
My goal is to show kids what writing looks like, from the inside, with honesty and tips and cheering-on in order to spark their own writer’s lives. And my dream is for educators to find the videos useful in their classrooms.
Episodes cover a range of topics like “show don’t tell,” first lines, setting, what I learned about writing from watching Project Runway, how to get ideas, revising with punchy verbs, crafting a character, and lots more. Many of them have free, printable corresponding PDFs in the show notes as well!
This Writer’s Life: How to Create a StoryMap
This episode walks young writers through the process of charting their narrative with a StoryMap! Imagine that the story is a car and the main character is driving it. This tool will help brainstorm and plan all the landmarks along the route it travels—from what happens to start the engine of the story to obstacles and roadblocks all the way to the character’s triumph at the end.