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Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life (Hardcover)

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How do writers get their ideas? For these twenty authors, sometimes stories spring from real life experiences. Grouped by theme, such as peer pressure, regret, or change, each author relates something that really happened to them, and then tells a story inspired by that event. Some of the stories, like Julia Alvarez’s, stick pretty closely to the actual event, while others, like Adam Rex’s, take a longer imaginative leap. With short stories, poems, and graphic stories by many favorite authors, there is something here to please any reader! 

— Joan


Award-winning and bestselling authors turn their own real-life experiences into captivating works of fiction!

Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them. The contributing authors include Julia Alvarez, Karen Cushman, Margarita Engle, Dee Garretson, Nathan Hale, Matthew Kirby, Claire Legrand, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Linda Sue Park, Adam Rex, Gary Schmidt, Alan Sitomer, Caroline Starr Rose, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tracy Edward Wymer, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen.

About the Author

Mike Winchell is a veteran English teacher and a secondary education curriculum specialist. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two children, where he writes middle grade fiction and edits middle grade and young adult anthologies.

Eglantine Ceulemans was born in the flemish Belgium and lived there for 10 years. She then moved to France, where she currently resides in Lyon. In 2007, she joined the Emile Cohl School of Art there, transforming her passion for illustration into a vocation. She loves combining humor and sensitivity in a way that touches both children and their parents in her illustrations. Eglantine has been published in France and abroad for both fiction and illustrated books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780448486727
ISBN-10: 0448486725
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English