Creating a Sense of Place

Feel free to download a .pdf file of my article, "A Whole New World: Three Ways To Create Magical Places on Paper," which originally appeared in the October 2006 issue of Weekly Reader's Writing, a classroom periodical published six times a year for middle and high school audiences. The magazine features author interviews, how-to articles, timely features, teacher's guides, and a blog. (For subscription information, click here.)

The article includes a writing exercise I use in my workshop (Weaving The Magic Carpet of Place) for teen or adult writers. If you're looking to procrastinate and be inspired by a new generation of writers at the same time, check out the samples of in-class writing produced by eighth-graders at Devotion Middle School as well as a few of their responses to my visit.