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Product Details

  • Series: Be a Writer
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: The Leverage Factory (June 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977300005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977300006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Peha is a professional writer and writing teacher. For over ten years, as President of Teaching That Makes Sense, he has traveled the country helping schools get better results through the use of research-proven writing strategies and other best practice techniques that make teaching easier for teachers and learning more fun for kids. Margot Carmichael Lester is a professional writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers like Money magazine and The Los Angeles Business Journal, and on websites like Monster.com, MSN.com, and Match.com. She is also the author of Real Life Guide to Life After College and Real Life Guide to Starting Your Career.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Martin Minnelli on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Looking for a jumpstart in your writing career, young writers? This simply written, clearly organized guide gives practical strategies to remove writers' block and focus your writing endeavors. Whether you are writing your first great novel, a memoir, an essay or a book review, the helpful tips and tricks presented here will take the anxiety out of getting started.

Particularly useful are the sections at the beginning of each Chapter entitled 10 Things You Need to Know Even if You Don't Read This Chapter. The young writers in our house have devoured this guide and received valuable inspiration and coaching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bush on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the first book from Leverage Factory, a small publishing company in Bend, OR. The book was written by Steve Peha a professional writer and writing teacher. For over 10 years Steve has been helping schools get better results through research-proven writing strategies. This book lays out those strategies in a clear, casual and engaging way - perfect for young adults interested in improving their writing skills.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Howard on October 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Between Mr. Peha and Miss Margot Carmichael Lester a young writer can find all the inspiration and help they need to get stated on their journey as writers and get the inspiration to so label themselves. They teach young writers that they are writers if they have something to say or have had experiences worth sharing or if they so desire and then lay out a cohesive way to recognize the things that make them writers, like realizing they have been writers their whole lives and have interesting things to say that people want to hear. Many little insets along the way give examples or show us what "Miss Margot" thinks or give us Tips but I found the lists of Ten Things You Need To Know at the beginning of each chapter the most helpful and a hearty and informative welcome to the wisdom in the following section.

Being professional writers, neither of the authors seems like they are teaching or lecturing but more like they are sharing valuable techniques for following your inspiration in a way that makes it easier to read, and isn't that the goal to writing? To be read? There are so many places to go wrong when writing and this pair seems to anticipate what traps a young, or novice, writer might fall into and then tries to help them from falling into them. This is shown in some of the the "Q and A's" throughout the book as they interview writers but the "Q and A" with an eighth grade write towards the end was the most poignant in making their point that writing can be a chosen path.

I would heartily recommend this book to anyone young or old or in between who is looking to improve their writing or who feels inspired to committ words to paper, or computer for that matter. We are all writers and Miss Carmichael Lester and Mr. Peha want to help us be the best writers we can be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diner Mom on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ever wished you could hire an expert to "fire up" your reluctant writers and get them excited about writing? "Be a Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life" is the next best thing -- it's a self-help book written for tweens and teens and the author, Steve Peha, is the kid-friendly writing coach we've wished for.

Activity suggestions are sprinkled throughout the chapters, but this is not a textbook in the typical sense... think of it more as a paperbacked motivational writing seminar. This book is a great choice for students who are reluctant writers by nature. It could also be good therapy for students who have lost their excitement for writing after years of prescriptive school assignments (such as book reports and 5 paragraph essays). If your student is already a prolific writer, take a look at the next book in the series -- "Be a Better Writer" by Steve Peha.

-- homeschooling parent and "waitress" at[...]
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