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One of the common threads running through the All-Write Conference was having mentors. I’m wondering who are your favorite mentors to use in your classroom and to use for your own writing.

For me, I enjoy using Jacqueline Woodson and Jane Yolen in classrooms as well as for my own writing. In addition I hope to write like Laurie Halse Anderson, Sharon Creech, and Patricia Polacco. When writing professionally, I turn to Katie Wood Ray and Penny Kittle.

How about you? Who are your writing mentors?

Ruth Ayres View All

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  1. Oh, how I heart my mentors. Cynthia Rylant would be at the top of the list and Jane Yolen is right up there, too, Donald Crews is a HUGE help.

    Cynthia Rylant helps me in my own writing, too. As does Katie Wood Ray. And Penny Kittle. And Oprah’s back page (it’s true).

    The truth is that I became a writer through teaching writing. And it is still happening through a community of mentor-authors I’ve never met.


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