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?