This Writer’s Life: S.T.O.R.Y Mail

S.T.O.R.Y. Mail

The latest episode of This Writer’s Life with Danielle Davis is called “S.T.O.R.Y. Mail”!
It’s a sweet writing activity that demonstrates how stories connect us.
Kids are invited to write the story of a memory they share with someone and send it in the mail to them!
I mean, doesn’t everyone like mail? And it’s a perfect way to keep in touch if you celebrate upcoming holidays like
Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year. S.T.O.R.Y. Mail as Valentine!
S.T.O.R.Y. Mail that shares a special Lunar New Year memory with someone you love.

This episode provides an acronym as a writing guide, S.T.O.R.Y., for young writers to follow
(which stands for: Setting; Talk; One Moment; Random Detail; Your Takeaway).
Then, they can pop their S.T.O.R.Y. Mail in an envelope and wait for a reply!


Plus creative advice from Zetta Elliott, educator and author of so many
incredible books for kids and teens!
Zetta encourages kids from her own writing practice that just like you feed your body,
you feed your imagination by dreaming.


There’s a free, printable PDF with the “S.T.O.R.Y. Mail” activity right here.
About This Writer’s Life
The goal of This Writer’s Life is to show young writers what writing looks like from the inside with honesty, tips, activities, and cheering-on in order to spark kids’ own writer’s lives. My favorite thing is to help kids develop their identities as writers, discover their individual writing process, and tap into their unique voice and imagination. Each episode also features someone from a creative field offering a piece of advice to inspire them!
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About Danielle Davis
Danielle Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in literature and creative writing and a background teaching English to middle school and community college students. She’s author of the middle-grade novel, ZINNIA AND THE BEES and the forthcoming picture book,TO MAKE illustrated by Mags DeRoma. She also blogs at This Picture Book Life and can be found on her YouTube channel, This Writer’s Life, a video series for kids and their classrooms.

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Directed by Todd Davis
Edited by Skylar Zhang
Music, Design and Art Direction by Michael J. Salter
Founding Director: Rippin Sindher

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