Pens on Fire, by Various contributors
$ 29.95

Teaching creative writing to teens is a challenge; WriteGirl has the solution. Through innovative use of props, movement, art, music, textures, scents and even flavors, Pens on Fire offers teachers over 200 evocative writing experiments for inspiring teens and adults to write. Pens on Fire contains eight chapters for teaching creative writing in the classroom and beyond: nonfiction, journalism, screenwriting, fiction, journal writing, poetry, songwriting, and personal essay writing.

Each chapter begins with Q & A with an expert writer followed by dynamic, multi-sensory, student-centered experiments. While the focus of the book is working with teens, manu of the writing experiments are suitable for middle school students and even adults. Experiments can be modified to work one-on-one with an individual writer, or with a group as large as 100!

From the Introduction:Teaching creative writing to teens can be challenging. WriteGirl has techniques to get even the most reluctant pens moving. Creative writing is not just for those who are creative - it is a doorway to empowerment, confidence and academic success for all students. Founded in 2001, WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization for teens. Members work with professional writing mentors, participate in creative workshops, readings and publications, demonstrate improved academic performance and achieve college entrance. Visit the website and blog: