High School
English Language Arts

Inspiration and Words of Advice about Writing

This collection features articles and videos about writing. If you want to inspire your students, share stories from famous writers. Writing isn't easy and students should know that their writing will develop and shift, roar and whimper, inspire and instruct. I shared all of these resources during a semester-long Writing Workshop class. I liked to pair the videos and articles with excerpts from the authors' works that I was lucky to have in my school's bookroom.
A Collection By Melissa Mirabello
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Inspiration and Words of Advice about Writing
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is a great supplement to The House on Mango Street; however, it could be used to also inspire young writers. Cisneros reveals how she developed an interest in writing and why she writes about certain topics. It is important for students to be exposed to male and female writers, young and old, native English speakers and immigrants. Students appreciated Cisneros advice for "having a room of their own" for their creativity to thrive.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Toni Morrison is an exceptional writer. I have taught two of her books and my students are usually in awe at her style. She experiments with diction and syntax, dialogue and magical realism. In this segment, Morrison talks about telling the truth in her stories.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Stephen King is a very fun individual. Here he tells stories about his writing - the good, bad, and the ugly. The best part is that he is brutally honest about his craft.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    A short video that showcases two authors being very truthful about their writing. My students enjoyed listening to Michael Chabon talking about his fiction writing - his ability to create and invent. He feels free when he uses his imagination and sometimes gets frustrated by the facts in nonfiction. This was an enlightening segment for students because they were reminded that writing takes on many forms and authors are conscious of which writing style best suits their skills and interests.
  • articles.latimes.com
    articles.latimes.com

    Writers writing about writing: 'Why We Write'

    5 minute read
    Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is another very good article in which writers talk about their need to write. For some, writing is like breathing: a necessity. Other authors explain writing as a personal adventure, a journey into the self. I use this piece when I ask students to write in their journals about their history as a writer. Every author has a beginning to his/her craft, an impetus to place words on a page.
  • flavorwire.com
    flavorwire.com

    15 Famous Authors on Why They Write

    10 minute read
    Melissa Mirabello says:
    Famous writers share their difficulties, inspirations, life-changing experiences, and motivation to write in this article. It exposes students to writing as both a skill and art form. My students really enjoyed reading the authors' first person accounts of their writing lives.