Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing  -     By: Karen Benke
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Growing up brings with it a lot of feelings and a lot of things to think about and ponder over. Introspective writing can be not only one of the best ways to channel creative-writing energy, but also to take a step back and process all of those emotions. Leap Write In! is a series of fascinating, out-of-the-box, meandering prompts for stories, lists, memories, and more. The teal blue and black print, fun fonts, and mix of straight, undulating, and chevron-shaped lines to write on creates a fun atmosphere that encourages writers to let go and just write!

Prompts include ideas like:
"What do you carry in your pocket, backpack, head, heart?"
"Track where your mind wanders during class, and see if you can turn your wonderings into a daydream-type story with wild and whirling words. Begin with the last thing your teacher said."
"Be a reporter with your eyes and ears.Bear witness to the next three people you see. In one short sketch, describe each one. Nothing more."

Featuring a number of creative exercises and things to think about, this book features a wide range of inspirational ideas that are sure to get your introspective teenagers thinking and writing. A variety of poems and example works are also included. 282 pages, softcover. High School.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 282
Vendor: Roost Books
Dimensions: 9.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1611800153
ISBN-13: 9781611800159

Publisher's Description

Invite your jittery mind into quiet slips of timed or untimed writing experiments that are designed to encourage your timid heart to forge forgotten feelings and entice your shy-self to make friends with emerging emotions. With a bounty of prompts to select from, you’ll be inspired to explore all the wacky, confusing, brave, soul-stirring wonderings and wanderings of your emerging life’s inner treasure in a way that’s sure to unleash what you most need to say. In this book you’ll find:



   •  On-the-Spot Drops that offer quick "free-fall" prompts on different themes, such as short-winded poems and seven-line stories. 
   •  Mini Memoirs to unlock personal narrative to share, or not.
   •  Suddenly a Story suggestions to explore feelings and states of being like fear, reluctance, compassion, kindness, anxiety, anger, jealousy, happiness, and more.
   •  Surprise Yourself Surveys for those who think they know everything about themselves.
   •  Untie-Your-Mind Word Lists to jump-start stalled imaginations.
   •  Definition Decoders to introduce new ideas and styles of writing.



Created especially for tweens, teens, and other earthlings, this book provides you with a chance to create imaginative poems, stories, fragments, and real-life on-the-spot sketches. All that’s required is that you take a breath, relax, reset, and leap write in!

Author Bio

Karen Benke has inspired children—and even a few adults—in the art of creative writing for over twenty years as a Poet in the Schools, writing coach, and visiting author.  She specializes in leading on-the-spot creative writing workshops and has been known to get even the most reluctant writer to reach for a pen.  Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies and national literary journals (Ploughshares, Rattle, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Daily) and her books have been featured in FamilyFun magazine, The San Francisco Book Review, Kids' Book Review (Australia) and elsewhere.  The recipient of two teaching grants from Poets & Writers and residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Hedgebrook, she runs The Writers Nest and lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge with her teenage son, magic cat Clive, and rescue dog Rasco Roon.  Visit her virtually at www.karenbenke.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Karen Benke gives young writers permission to explore the illogical, the heartspace, the wilderness of the imagination. Unlike other books, she offers guidance in centering and being kind to yourself—prerequisites to freeing your voice. The clear, compelling writing adventures she presents gently pull down any guard, any walls you might have in order to release the unexpected within."—Betsy Franco, author of Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers

"Writing is always work, but it is also play—something most of us forget as we grow up. In this most engaging guide Karen Benke reconnects us with the mind at play: imagining and observing, listening and remembering. She nods to our hesitations and then encourages us to leap write in! With her lively and gentle invitations we find our stories and poems are everywhere—in hair and bones, backward poems and imaginary paintings."—J. Ruth Gendler, author of The Book of Qualities
 

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