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.
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.
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.
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.
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.