About the Author
Linda is currently the Co-Director of the Oakland Writing Project (University of Michigan), an affiliate of the National Writing Project. She works as an educational consultant for the Michigan Department of Education coaching teachers in disadvantaged and low-achieving schools. She is a member of Michigan Classroom Discourse Group at the University of Michigan, focused on discourse analysis and ethnographic research in education. She also facilitates a K-12 study group, Teachers as Researchers. Linda is a member of the Executive Committee for Michigan Council of Teachers of English and the Executive Board of Michigan Youth Arts Festival. She facilitates MCTE’s statewide writing competition for grades 9-12. Michigan Council of Teachers of English recognized her as Creative Writing Teacher of the Year in 1996.
Denstaedt has written five books for middle school language arts educators (Instructional Fair · T. S. Denison, 1996-1998); co-authored a three-book reading comprehension series for middle school students (Instructional Fair · T. S. Denison, 1999); and co-authored a creative writing book, The Creative Writer's Craft: Lessons in Poetry, Fiction, and Drama, for high school and community college level students (National Textbook Company, 1998). In addition to book-length publications, she has published poetry and educational articles in academic journals.