Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life

Been There Done That Writing Stories from Real Life In this diverse collection of short stories by award winning and bestselling authors discover how writers turn their own real life experiences into captivating works of fiction Kids are incredibly cu

  • Title: Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life
  • Author: Mike Winchell Églantine Ceulemans Julia Alvarez Karen Cushman Margarita Engle Dee Garretson Nathan Hale Matthew J. Kirby
  • ISBN: 9780448486727
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this diverse collection of short stories by award winning and bestselling authors, discover how writers turn their own real life experiences into captivating works of fiction Kids are incredibly curious about where stories comes from Where do authors get their ideas And how do they turn those ideas into stories This anthology gives readers an exclusive, behind the sIn this diverse collection of short stories by award winning and bestselling authors, discover how writers turn their own real life experiences into captivating works of fiction Kids are incredibly curious about where stories comes from Where do authors get their ideas And how do they turn those ideas into stories This anthology gives readers an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the process of taking real life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction Each author will contribute two pieces A narrative nonfiction account, which then serves as the inspiration for an original fictional short story Subjects include a broad range from an alien invasion to the realities of living during World War II but are tied together with universal concepts, like dealing with change, fitting in, self esteem, and relationships with friends and family This collection is sure to inspire a new generation of writers The contributing award winning and bestselling middle grade authors include Gary Schmidt, Linda Sue Park, Grace Lin, Matthew Kirby, Adam Rex, Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams Garcia, Karen Cushman, Caroline Starr Rose, Claire Legrand, Lisa Yee, Nathan Hale, Julia Alvarez, Kate Messner, Margarita Engle, Alan Sitomer, Tracy Edward Wymer, and Dee Garretson.

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    1. This is a book about inspiration, so it appealed to me from the get-go. When I received my copy, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect: an anthology of short stories for kids, a teaching tool for English classes, or a creative writing manual for aspiring kidlit authors.Turned out to be 'All of the above'. 21 MG authors contribute to this volume (most of them well-known contemporary writers like Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, Adam Rex, Jane Yolen, Karen Cushman…). Each of them tell a true-life anecdote [...]

    2. I grew up at a time when books for young readers were less available and varied than they are today, so I found myself reading YA and adult novels. Better still, when a monthly subscription to Readers' Digest anthologies started arriving at our house I devoured story after story. Those, too, were intended for adults, but still, it was Readers' Digest, so the content was safe for someone younger.What it offered me was an ideal way to grow as both a reader and a writer: the stories were written by [...]

    3. ARC from publisherWhen Mr. Winchell first approached me about a book he was considering, he mentioned that it would align well with Common Core standards, since there is a push toward nonfiction. This collection is a nice mix; as the title says, a variety of middle grade authors give an account of a real life experience they had, and then write a short story that has its genesis in their own life. Most of these are realistic fiction; Claire LeGrand's leap into a fantasy world was an interesting [...]

    4. For students looking for inspiration on how to write better stories, this is it! Edited by middle school English teacher and writer Mike Winchell, this collection of short stories has a topic for any reader: peer pressure, the push and pull of friendship, coping with loss and learning to take risks. Each author, from greats like Jane Yolen, Grace Lin and Gary D. Schmidt, tells two fast-paced stories. The first is the real story that actually happened to them as a child. The second is the story t [...]

    5. As with many anthologies for younger teens - 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book, Guys Read: Funny Business, Thirteen Chairs - this is an uneven bunch. The twist here is that each fictional 'story' is paired with a more non-fictional interpretation by the author. I always have great hope for gaining insight about writing that I could share with teen authors, but so far I'm still mulling over how I'll use this one. The works a [...]

    6. I really like the premise for this anthology. It is broken up in sections, each with their own theme. For instance one section has stories all clustered around the theme of change. Another was a series of stories based around the theme of putting others first. In each subsection the author writes about a real event that occurred in their life growing up that ties in with the theme and then writes a fictional story based on what actually happened. Some of the stories were great. Others just so-so [...]

    7. I love the idea of this book, and the inspiration it provides, more than I actually love the stories themselves. Seeing how the author's memories and experiences can be slightly changed, radically changed, or thematically expanded upon is interesting, as is the way that the life experience could show up in a graphic novel, novel in verse, sci fi story, historical fiction, multiple POV story--many different formats, not just the straight narrative I might have expected.

    8. This would be a great idea to a middle school classroom. It is a collection of stories written by popular children and young adult authors. They are paired - one real story and then a fiction story that came about from the real experience. Be a great mentor text for student writers

    9. A great collection of short stories based on authors' personal experiences. A wide variety of genres.

    10. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who teaches writing to young people. The notion of "writing what you know" is played out in this book by several famous authors like Gary Schmidt, Rita Williams-Garcia, etc who share a true-to-life story and then a fictional story spun from their real experience. Not only tons of fun but great writing samples/examples for budding writers.

    11. Cool concept - still ruminating over it. I liked the stories of what really happened so much more than the edited semi fiction ones Loved the anthology model of a bunch of different authors contributing!

    12. Not sure how I stumbled upon this book, but I'm glad I did. Meant for young,aspiring writers, this book has famous childrens authors telling true stories the short stories they inspired. Some of the stories were better than the true stories and vice versa. A very surprising read. I enjoyed it.

    13. it was a really interesting book but sometimes i was overwhelmed with the amount of differing perspectives

    14. Been There, Done That is a unique collection of stories which blends fiction and non-fiction together in order to explore how authors get their ideas. Each of the 20 authors included in the collection has written two pieces: a short, true story from his or her real life, and a fictional story based on the real-life experience. Editor Mike Winchell has organized the stories thematically, dividing them into sections such as "Follow the Leader?" (about peer pressure) and "Things Will Never Be the S [...]

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