The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.

As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of “unteachable, at-risk” students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust—only to be met by uncomprehending looks.

So she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.”

With funds raised by a “Read-a-thon for Tolerance,” they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell’s students were “the real heroes.” Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition—appearances on “Prime Time Live” and “All Things Considered,” coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley—and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college.

With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.

Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers. The authors’ proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers’ college tuition.

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Crafty Dab Window Writers Paint Arts & Crafts

The assorted crafty dab window paint and window writer is a smooth-flowing art tool that is perfect for painting and decorating windows with ease. Bring home the crafty dab window writers for designing your door windows and car windows; kids will love to play with them and Doodle on glass panes. Great for painting hobbies and projects. The paint does not dry up, crack or peel off upon drying and stays for as long as you want. These window paints come in bottles designed with special spring mechanism to prevent leakage and spills. Non-toxic paints safe to use by children. Packed in ergonomically designed bottles with matching caps for easy identification of colors. Includes 10 vibrant colors.

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Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition

Models for Writers is a best-selling book with a simple yet effective combination that has worked for thousands of instructors and millions of students: short, accessible essays and helpful, thorough writing instruction. Models continues to offer thought-provoking readings organized to demonstrate not only the rhetorical strategies that students will use in their own essays but also the elements and language that will make those essays effective—trustworthy coverage you won’t find anywhere else. Also unique to Models is its versatility and flexibility: It works in a wide range of courses and at various levels.

This edition offers new classroom activities for academic and professional writing that will get students to think critically about and practice the kinds of writing they will be doing in college and beyond. The new edition anticipates the needs of today’s students with helpful strategies for developing a strong thesis statement, expanded coverage of logical fallacies, entirely new coverage of APA documentation, and online multimodal readings and tutorials on critical reading and other essential topics.

And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. Get all our great course-specific materials in one fully customizable space online; then assign and mix our resources with yours. To package LaunchPad Solo free with Models for Writers, use ISBN 978-1-319-01381-3.

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MindTap English for Van Rys/Meyer/ Vandermey/Sebranek’s The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching, 6th Edition

Please check the ISBN that your instructor provided. If the ISBN-13 does not match this product (9781305959040) or its Printed Access Card equivalent (9781305959057) this may not be the correct product. In some cases, you may also require a course code from your Instructor.

MindTap English for Van Rys/Meyer/ Vandermey/Sebranek’s The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching, 6th Edition, helps you learn on your terms. INSTANT ACCESS IN YOUR POCKET. Take advantage of the MindTap Mobile App to learn on your terms. Read or listen to textbooks and study with the aid of instructor notifications, flashcards, and practice quizzes. MINDTAP HELPS YOU CREATE YOUR OWN POTENTIAL. GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. Track your scores and stay motivated toward your goals. Whether you have more work to do or are ahead of the curve, you’ll know where you need to focus your efforts. And the MindTap Green Dot “”P” will charge your confidence along the way. MINDTAP HELPS YOU OWN YOUR PROGRESS. MAKE YOUR TEXTBOOK YOURS. No one knows what works for you better than you. Highlight key text, add notes, and create custom flashcards. When it’s time to study, everything you’ve flagged or noted can be gathered into a guide you can organize.

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The Writer: “Fragility”: Season Three FINALE Episode 15 (Season 3)

In the season three finale of The Writer, Michael, Alek and the gang come to terms with their limited options and commit to one winner-take-all meeting with Spectre. A bleak air smothers their spirits as they all expect to die.

Meanwhile, Big D continues to piece together who this young mystery man is that Alek went to get from Dr. Highmore’s office. With video proof of Alek’s presence at the office moments before Highmore’s death, all D needs is a witness to corroborate his theory that Alek murdered the doctor in cold blood.

Garrett’s vigilantism maturing, he continues on his path of stopping Alek by tailing the man through the city, hoping to catch his evil deeds. But with the final showdown looming, he may stumble upon evidence he isn’t ready for.

Who will live and who will die in the battle between Spectre and the gang? Is his the end for Michael and Alek? And will Garrett finally get to be the hero he so richly desires to be? Read the season three finale of The Writer to find out!

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Writer (Writer, Seeker, Killer Book 1)

Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that to know what lies beyond it. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a death wish. Her search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six year absence following her family’s permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.

In the course of her journey, she, through inexplicable circumstances, appropriates a pistol identical to the make, model, and serial number her friend had used to commit suicide several months prior to her arrival in New Orleans. Balancing her own suicidal thoughts, Hinanya finds meaning in becoming a graffiti artist, a writer, amid the New Orleans nightscape. When she takes the mantel of writer, she is better.

But her actions create ripples. People are on the lookout for this daring girl and the gun she has. On top of that, the owner of a chicken shack captures her on camera and offers a unique and tempting reward of free fried chicken for her identity. Hinanya must contend with the witch hunt and her own mental illness at the same time. That truth is hers to write.

Writer is a psychological thriller revolving around the failure of the War on Drugs and the collateral damage it has caused to the impoverished and the unloved.

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Writer’s Market 2018: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

The most trusted guide to getting published!

Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2018 guide you with thousands of publishing opportunities–including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information so you can get started right away.

Beyond the listings, you’ll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to writing better queries and selling more articles, tips to earn money from blogging, and how to develop a standout author brand. Plus, you’ll learn how to create an effective e-mail newsletter, improve organization, and build a solid foundation for long-term writing success. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index.

You’ll also gain access to:

  • Lists of professional writing organizations
  • Sample query letters
  • A free digital download of Writer’s Yearbook, featuring the 100 Best Markets: WritersDigest.com/WritersDigest-Yearbook-17.

Includes exclusive access to the webinar “Funding Your Writing Career” from C. Hope Clark, founder of FundsForWriters.com and author of The Edisto Island Mysteries.

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Womens I’m A Writer Tshirt best gift for friend on their birthday Small Silver

I’m A Writer Tshirt best gift for friend, yourself, colleague on their birthday, writer tshirt, love writer tshirt, tshirt for writer lover

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Rules for Writers with 2016 MLA Update

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.

When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get answers than search engines like Google, learn to rely on it as a reference, and are more likely to achieve the goals of the course. And when that handbook is Rules for Writers, you can be sure the advice they find is practical and reliable—with help for composing and revising, writing arguments, analyzing texts, using grammar and punctuation correctly, and working with sources. In revising the eighth edition, Nancy Sommers has woven a new emphasis on reading critically throughout the first section of the handbook, introduced advice for analyzing multimodal texts, and added help for public speaking. New practical Writing Guides support students working through college assignments in a variety of genres. And new peer review advice helps students effectively comment on drafts and apply feedback to revisions of their own work. All of these improvements help student writers—but they also save you time and effort. You can draw from Rules for Writers for planning class discussions, conducting in-class workshops, and providing feedback on student work that they can easily apply. Rules for Writers even comes with a complete instructor’s manual, Teaching with Hacker Handbooks, with stepped-out lesson plans to customize and sample assignments, syllabi, and rubrics from your peers.

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Society6 Writer Carry-All Pouch Medium (9.5″ x 6″)

Society6 Writer Carry-All Pouch Medium (9.5″ x 6″) by Rebekah Joan. Organize your life with one of our Carry-All Pouches. Available in three sizes with wrap-around artwork, these pouches are perfect for carrying toiletries, art supplies and makeup-or fit an iPad in the large one. Comes with the ever-awesome YKK zipper, a strong canvas-like exterior, a 50/50 poly-cotton black interior lining and is machine washable. Carry on, carry on.

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  • Available in three sizes with wrap-around artwork, these pouches are perfect for carrying toiletries, art supplies and makeup-or fit an iPad in the large one.
  • Comes with the ever-awesome YKK zipper, a strong canvas-like exterior, a 50/50 poly-cotton black interior lining and is machine washable.
  • An independent artist profits from every purchase with Society6.

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How to Break Writer’s Block Today & Where To Get Ideas

As the sole author, illustrator and publisher of my own indie manga series, people often ask me how I achieve my prodigious productivity and motivation. I outlined my process in this new book.

Every other book on writer’s block gives you the same old techniques, such as “just start writing”. But what they don’t tell you is how those techniques work–that is, if they work at all. In How To Break Writer’s Block Today & Where To Get Ieas, I provide a solution that works instantly, every time, and explains how it works.

By balancing philosophical and theoretical explorations of the creativity, this book is filled with hard, practical actions to jump-start your creative instinct and start writing right now.

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Layer Your Novel: The Innovative Method for Plotting Your Scenes (The Writer’s Toolbox Series)

Layer your novel to success with this innovative, simple technique!

Writing a terrific novel is a complex endeavor. And while there are hundreds of books, podcasts, and blog posts that teach aspiring authors how to structure scenes and plot out a solid story, none implement the most intuitive and effective method for success.

What is that method?

Layering.

Novels are made up of dozens of scenes, and regardless of genre, time-tested structure dictates what key scenes are needed and where. Most writers are familiar with some of those scenes: the Inciting Incident, the Midpoint, and the Climax, to name a few.

But novelists need more than a few landmarks to find their way across the tricky terrain of novel plotting.

They need a surefire method to organizing all their scenes.

In Layer Your Novel, you’ll be introduced to an innovative, intuitive method for arranging your scenes and crafting a beautifully structured story.

First, you construct the ten most important scenes as a foundation.

From there, you choose from one of three methods to craft a second layer of scenes: the action-reaction layer, the subplot layer, or the romance layer.

Once your second layer is integrated, next comes the third layer: the processing scenes that the glue your plot together.

In Layer Your Novel, you’ll learn:

  • What the 5 major turning points are and where they’re placed in your novel
  • How to know exactly where to start your story and how to set up your premise
  • What the ten key scenes are that serve as the framework for your novel
  • What pinch points are and why you need them
  • How to craft those essential twists and where they’re placed in your story for greatest impact
  • Why your protagonist’s goal is the key to great storytelling
  • How to come up with a meaningful subplot that will showcase your story’s themes
  • How a romance novel is structured and how to plot out the romance story line
  • How to analyze best sellers in your genre to identify and learn from the layers evident in their plots
  • How to apply this layering method to novellas

Special bonus analyses!

In Layer Your Novel, you’ll dig into deconstructions of best-selling novels across genres to see how successful authors have their key scenes in all the right places, which gives credence to this practical layering method. In contrast, examples of best sellers are dissected to show the structural flaws due to the lack of the needed foundational framework that this layering method advocates.

Don’t guess what scenes you need in your novel. Don’t guess where your scenes go. Guessing usually leads to novel failure.

With the method you’ll learn in Layer Your Novel, you’ll guess no more.

You can write terrific novels, every time, if you layer your novel following this blueprint!

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Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer

During his nearly 50 years of sportswriting, including 28 at Sports Illustrated, readers of Dr. Z came to expect a certain alchemical, trademark blend: words which were caustic and wry, at times self-deprecating or even puzzling, but always devilishly smart with arresting honesty. A complex package, that’s the Doctor.
The one-time sparring partner of Ernest Hemingway, Paul Zimmerman is one of the modern era’s groundbreaking football minds, a man who methodically charted every play while generating copious notes, a human precursor to the data analytics websites of today. In 2008, Zimmerman had nearly completed work on his personal memoirs when a series of strokes left him largely unable to speak, read, or write. Compiled and edited by longtime SI colleague Peter King, these are the stories he still wants to see told.
Dr. Z’s memoir is a rich package of personalities, stories never shared about such characters as Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton, Lawrence Taylor, and Johnny Unitas. Even Joe Namath, with whom Zimmerman had a legendary and well-documented 23-year feud, saw fit to eventually unburden himself to the remarkable scribe.
Also included are Zimmerman’s encounters with luminaries and larger-than-life figures outside of sports, notably Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, and Hunter S. Thompson. But not to be missed are Zimmerman’s quieter observations on his own life and writing, witticisms and anecdotes which sway between the poignant and hilarious. No matter the topic, Dr. Z: the Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer proves essential, compelling reading for sports fans old and new.

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The Writer: “Brainstorm”: Season Three Episode 12

After learning that Michael will be Spectre’s next target, Alek rushes over to save him but commits an unforgivable sin in the process. They narrowly escape with their lives, living another day to battle against the forces of the masked swordsman. But who is he? They still are no closer to figuring out the man (or woman’s) identity. Now that Michael has joined the brain trust, will they discover who is trying to kill them in time to stop the would-be assassin, or will they all fall victim to the slice of his blade? Read The Writer season 3 episode 12 to find out!

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The Writer’s Presence: A Pool of Readings

A joint effort by Best American Essays series editor Robert Atwan and veteran writing teacher and former 4Cs chair Donald McQuade, the new edition of The Writer’s Presence collects teachable readings by great writers, showcasing distinctive voices and clear points of view on a broad range of engaging topics.

With selections that span communities, time periods, levels of difficulty, and fields of study, The Writer’s Presence shines a spotlight foremost on writers who establish a strong presence. The result is a blend of classic pieces by figures such as James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, and Amy Tan and fresh pieces by rising stars such as Silas Hansen, Ariel Levy, and Brian Doyle, with many essays accompanied by writers’ commentaries on their work. A flexible arrangement and minimal apparatus fits nearly any approach to teaching writing. Now with six annotated student essays and introductions to strategies for critical reading and writing in different essay genres, The Writer’s Presence gives students more support than ever to think critically and develop their own voices.

And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. Get all our great course-specific materials in one fully customizable space online; then assign and mix our resources with yours. To package LaunchPad Solo free with The Writer’s Presence, use ISBN 978-1-319-01382-0.

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The Writer: “By the Sword and the Needle”: Season Three Episode 11

With Vernon’s continued whispers of the efficacy of the drugs, Alek finally stops to test his best friend’s claim. But even without the influence of narcotics, he finds himself slowly slipping into a debilitated mental state while Spectre continues to taunt and torture him with the murders of his people, this time promising a slaughter.

As Alek deals with the Spectre thing, Michael comes to a crossroads in his life. Not only is class ending, but he has seen an increase in tension between Jenna and Garrett, and starts to suspect the latter’s change is due to more than the stress of running a mayoral campaign.

Will Alek find the strength and mental health enough to face Spectre and defeat this new nemesis? Will Michael discover Garrett’s secret? And what of Michael’s confession to the doctor? How will the doctor deal with knowing of Michael’s association with Alek? Read episode 11 of The Writer now to find out!

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Fourth Victim (Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery Book 4)

During the course of the remodel on one of the cabins at the writers retreat, the contractor finds a box hidden in a wall. Jill opens the box to find love letters written to a woman named Francine more than fifty years ago. Jill decides to track down the woman to return the letters only to find that she was the fourth victim of the Silk Stalking Strangler, a serial killer who killed thirteen women in the mid 1960’s. The strangler was never caught so Jill and the gang decide to dig into the mystery only to find that the fourth victim of the Silk Stalking Strangler may not have been killed by the Strangler after all. The question before the group becomes: if not the strangler then who?

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The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear

“Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write.” — Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

Writing is an intensely personal act, yet all writers face similar problems related to focus, procrastination, creativity, and productivity.

Master the Inner Game of Writing
This book combines the field-tested practices of successful and productive writers with insights from cognitive science. By understanding how your mental processes affect the work, you can master the inner game of writing.

The Writer’s Process is a practical guide to finding your best writing process. Topics include

– How to invite your brain to work when you’re not actively writing
– Why writing is like baking bread, with many steps including periods of incubation
– How to structure your surroundings for each phase of the writing process

The Writer’s Process is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist.

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The Writer: “That Which Blinds”: Season Three Episode 10

And then came the video.

Alek’s mind slowly starts to slip into senility with Spectre’s newest taunts. Even when he receives an important video, he hasn’t a clue of what to do with the information contained on it.

Michael, after his confession to Dr. Highmore, finds himself obsessing once more over if he’ll become that which he seeks to be. He starts his own investigation into Garrett’s secrets too distract from his own.

Meanwhile, Garrett finds the drug culture unbearable. In a desperate attempt to limit the amount of overdoses, he does an unthinkable action.

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The Writer’s Confidence Boost: Create the inner-strength and resilience you need to live your dream writing life

CREATE THE CONFIDENCE YOU NEED TO BE THE WRITER AND AUTHOR YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BEING

You have BIG dreams for your writing life. The problem is, you’re not doing much about it.

You’re procrastinating and putting your writing off and spending years revising and rewriting but never hitting “publish” and putting your book out there.

Enter the Writer’s Confidence Boost.

This book is based on a 15-day audio workshop of the same name. You get access to all of these audios inside the book along with the daily assignments from the workshop, so you can create the inner-strength and resilience you need to go after your writing dreams with full-force.

Workshop alumni are RAVING:

“This was a practical and positive workshop that helped me discover and confront hidden fears and wrong mindsets that were crippling my creativity.”–Cynthia

“This workshop helped me regain the confidence in my intuition and find the strength to push forward. I often have tons of ideas, but never know how to put them out there. I love the calls to action, because one thing is to think about an issue or your fears and another totally different one is to act. The action part of the workshop lets you experience what it feels to overcome that fear or to tackle the issue and it feels great! and you want more!”–Val ​​

“This workshop has been a lifesaver, seriously. The mindset journaling habit alone has helped me become a better Jennifer. Working through mental blocks, fear, and shame to come out the other side feeling confident in my writing life and my personal life has been nothing short of a miracle. I finished a long-standing writing project that I had been putting off due to fear and mental anguish. I started blogging again, and this time enjoying the process. I started connecting with others via social media and meeting new writer friends. I have a plan to self-publish my novel this year and launch an email newsletter. None of these things would have been possible without this course.”–Jennifer G.

“This workshop is for anyone that needs a confidence boost in their writing life. If you’re looking to get serious about making a career out of your writing, then this is the perfect first step. I can say that this workshop was a major game-changer for me. The daily mindset practice helped get all the negative junk out and brought me the clarity that I needed to get my writing done. Jennifer is an excellent motivator & is truly inspirational. She tells you exactly how to combat and deal with the negative emotions that so many of us writers feel. With her help, I was able to structure my novel, flesh out my scenes and learn how to balance both my writing and work life.”–Ania

“This workshop helped me focus on the importance of my writing. The habit of the mindset practice has been a blessing and it’s a real habit, I do it every morning now.”-Judy

And now Jennifer Blanchard is bringing this life-transforming workshop to you in book form.

The Writer’s Confidence Boost will help you:

> Overcome self-sabotage
> Stop second-guessing yourself
> Take empowered action in your writing life
> Bust through procrastionation, doubt, fear, distractions and Resistance
> Create a resilient mindset so you can achieve all of your writing dreams

If you’re ready to have the confidence you need to become the writer and author you dream of being, buy this book now.

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