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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

writing memoirs
This note is a response to a student who turned-in her second draft yesterday. She did a phenomenal job mentoring herself after Cynthia Rylant’s Book When I Was Young in the Mountains, changing it to “When I was four on Lonsdale Avenue.” She wrote an exquisite memoir about what she used to do with her best friend when she was four years old. (And when I saw exquisite, I mean exquisite! It could be a picture book!)

That being said, I don’t want to tell her, “You need to publish this for Friday’s Pub Party as a picture book,” since that might not be her vision. So instead, I merely suggested that she think about the structure of her memoir.

I wonder what she’ll decide to do…

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

4 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions… Leave a comment

  1. Stacey,
    You are so inspiring! You’ve even convinced me to start blogging my “Monday Memoirs”. Maybe you could create another challenge for us all based on what you are doing so amazingly well with your students.


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