Gifts for the Budding Writer

For new writers both young and old, it's never too late to start writing a story.

Designed by a longtime creative writing teacher, this innovative kit includes a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a "right-brain" approach to writing. Sixty exercises like First Sentences, Non Sequiturs, and Last Straws will get stories off the ground! Includes 60 cards fuel creative descriptions and four spinner palettes that will ignite unexpected plot twists. For any aspiring writer, this kit is the perfect first step on the path to literary greatness!

Creative Journals & Diaries

Wreck This Journal is a creative, fun, and highly interactive way to step outside the box and throw yourself into the world of lived art. . .the opposite of traditional journaling.

Integrating subversive (and often destructive) actions-"fling coffee here" and "collect fruit stickers here," along with writing and drawing prompts like "document a boring event in detail" or "Sleep with the journal. Describe the experience here," this unique book will free readers of the compulsion to write neatly, keep the binding intact, and progress chronologically. Great for creative types itching for some sanctioned destruction, or for "Type As" who want to loosen up a bit!

  1. Tear Up This Book!
    Keri Smith
    American Girl Publishing / 2005 / Spiral Bound
    Our Price$9.86 Retail Price$10.95 Save 10% ($1.09)
  2. Advanced Journal Writing, Grades 4-6  (Homeschool Edition)
    Alana Trisler, Patrice Cardiel
    Educators Publishing Service / Trade Paperback
    Our Price$3.99 Retail Price$4.79 Save 17% ($0.80)
  3. Wreck This Journal: Now in Color
    Keri Smith
    Penguin Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    Our Price$11.49 Retail Price$16.00 Save 28% ($4.51)
  4. Owls, Lock and Key Diary
    Peaceable Kingdom / 2016 / Gift
    Our Price$10.95
  1. Pigma Micron Essentials Kit, Black
    G.T. Luscombe Company Inc. / 2017 / Gift
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  2. Veritas, Coloring Pencils, Pack of  24
    Christian Art Gifts / 2017 / Gift
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    5 out of 5 stars for Veritas, Coloring Pencils, Pack of 24. View reviews of this product. 1 Reviews
  3. Veritas, Gel Pen Set, Assorted, Set  of 36This product is part of our current Cyber Monday promotion
    Christian Art Gifts / 2017 / Gift
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    4.5 out of 5 stars for Veritas, Gel Pen Set, Assorted, Set of 36. View reviews of this product. 6 Reviews
  4. Wild Flowers, Bible Journaling  Stencil
    G.T. Luscombe Company Inc. / 2016 / Gift
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Writing Prompts

Master the magic of storytelling with 100 creative, short fiction prompts for young writers.  Whether your child is just getting started or has already written a ton of stories, practice makes perfect when it comes to writing. Build skills the fun way with Secrets of Storytelling, packed with dozens of writing prompts, brainstorming activities, and plenty of space to write. There are also simple strategies for crafting strong storylines, and pointers for overcoming writer’s block, editing work, and more. Help your child step up their storytelling skills and unleash their inner author! 196 pages, softcover. Grades 4 – 6.

  1. 100 Writing Prompts for High School
    Walch Education / Trade Paperback
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  2. Plot Twist!: Writing Prompts To Fuel  Your Imagination: Journal
    Ellie Claire Gifts / 2020 / Hardcover
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  3. Writing Prompt Cubes
    Learning Resources Inc / Other
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  4. 50 Story Starter Activity Cards
    Duncan Milne
    Junior Learning / 2017 / Other
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Storytelling & Public Speaking

Everyone loves a good story, but how do you turn a fun anecdote into one for the books? Whether you’re hoping to impress others during a job interview, trying out stand-up, or giving a hilarious wedding speech, The Storytelling Code provides step-by-step help on crafting your narrative, as well as simple exercises to put those public speaking skills into practice.  Master the art of storytelling using 10 easy-to-follow rules to help you shape your story and share it confidently. Humorous advice will give you the courage to tell stories in your everyday life, and the unique exercises will demonstrate how to set a goal for each tale, gather the best materials, keep your audience engaged, and more. Fill-in writing prompts and insightful checklists help you prep you for everyday storytelling situations. 124 pages, softcover.

Mrs. Wordsmith Writing Resources

Invest in your young writer with this children’s dictionary that’s designed to help kids write awesome stories! Mrs. Wordsmith Storyteller’s Illustrated Dictionary has over 1000 words to help kids find inspiration, boost vocabulary, and write compelling stories that are full of details. Words are arranged into six important building blocks of storytelling – Character, Setting, Taste and Smell, Action, Emotion, and Weather – to help young writers find the right word right away. Commonly occurring word pairs provide even more opportunities for creativity and engaging narrative. Quirky illustrations reinforce definitions, ensuring that words are unforgettable.  272 pages, hardcover. Ages 7 – 12.

Writing & Editing Guides

  1. The Goof-Proofer: How to Avoid the  41 Most Embarrassing Errors in Your Speaking and Writing
    Stephen J. Manhard
    Simon & Schuster / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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  2. Roget's Thesaurus of Words for  Writers: Over 2,300 Emotive, Evocative, Descriptive Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Terms Every Writer Should Know
    David Olsen
    Adams Media / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  3. The Accidents of Style: Good Advice  on How Not to Write Badly
    Charles Harrington Elster
    St. Martin's Griffin / 2010 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Writing for Impact: 8 Secrets from  Science That Will Fire Up Your Readers' Brains
    Bill Birchard
    Harper Leadership / 2023 / Trade Paperback
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... For Dummies Guides to Writing

Fun Vocabulary Books

  1. 100 Words Every Christian Should  Know
    Rose Publishing / 2017 / Other
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  2. 100 Words Every Middle Schooler  Should Know
    Editors of the American Heritage Dictionary
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2010 / Trade Paperback
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    5 out of 5 stars for 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
  3. 100 More Words Every High School  Graduate Should Know
    American Heritage Dictionary Editors
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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  4. 100 Words Every Word Lover Should  Know
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2005 / Trade Paperback
    Our Price$9.13 Retail Price$9.99 Save 9% ($0.86)
  1. Bananagrams
    Bananagrams / Gift
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  2. Blurt! The Uproarious Word Race  Game!
    Educational Insights / Other
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    4.5 out of 5 stars for Blurt! The Uproarious Word Race Game!. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
  3. Tile Lock Scrabble
    Winning Moves Games / 2014 / Gift
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    3 out of 5 stars for Tile Lock Scrabble. View reviews of this product. 1 Reviews
  4. Haikubes [With Over 60 Word Cubes]
    Forrest-Pruzan Creative
    Chronicle Books / 2010 / Other, N/A
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  1. Personalized, Maple Pen with Name  and Message
    P Graham Dunn Inc. Engravables / 2012 / Gift
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  2. Personalized Rosewood Pen with Name  and Message
  3. Adoration Pen and Pencil Gift Set,  Violet and Silver
    G.T. Luscombe Company Inc. / 2015 / Gift
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    4.5 out of 5 stars for Adoration Pen and Pencil Gift Set, Violet and Silver. View reviews of this product. 10 Reviews
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  4. Adoration Pen and Pencil Gift Set,  Black and Silver
    G.T. Luscombe Company Inc. / 2015 / Gift
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    Stock No: WW452029

The Play of Words

In this delightful volume of linguistic revelry, you can horse around with the animal metaphors that make poetry of everyday speech - as well as with the wheezy cliches that are all too conspicuous in our daily prose. Romp with the rhythms and rhymes of "Inky Pinky," and see if you can "Name that Bunch" - a prickle of porcupines? a rash of dermatologists? But beware: you can lose points for laughing in "Fictionary."

Creative Writing Made Easy Workbooks

  1. Battle Cry!: Write a Soldier's  Adventure
    Jan May
    New Millennium Girl Books / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  2. Ocean Adventures in Writing
    Jan May
    New Millennium Girl Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  3. Creative Writing Made Easy!  Introducing Isabel
    Jan May
    New Millennium Girl Books / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Isabel's Secret
    Jan May
    New Millennium Girl Books / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    Our Price$7.95

Creative Writing Workbooks

  1. Draw. . . Then Write, Grades 1-3
    Jo Ellen Moore
    Evan-Moor Educational Publishers / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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    5 out of 5 stars for Draw. . . Then Write, Grades 1-3. View reviews of this product. 1 Reviews
  2. Writing Fabulous Sentences &  Paragraphs - Grades 4-6
    Jo Ellen Moore
    Evan-Moor Educational Publishers / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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  3. First Steps in Writing: How do I  Write a Story? Grades 1-2
    Remedia Publications / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Write a Super Sentence
    Joy Evans
    Evan-Moor Educational Publishers / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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    5 out of 5 stars for Write a Super Sentence. View reviews of this product. 1 Reviews
  1. The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide  for Student Poets
  2. Poetry 101
    Susan Dalzell
    Adams Media / 2018 / Hardcover
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  3. Writing Poetry With Children
    Jo Ellen Moore
    Evan-Moor Educational Publishers / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Stella: Poet Extraordinaire
    Janiel Wagstaff
    Scholastic Teaching / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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