Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids (Paperback)
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Master the magic of storytelling—100 creative, short fiction prompts for writers age 8 to 12
Whether you're just getting started or you've already written a ton of stories, practice makes perfect when it comes to writing for kids. Build your skills the fun way with Secrets of Storytelling; it's packed with dozens of short, creative fiction prompts and plenty of space so you can write to your heart's content.
Don't be afraid to think outside the box, make mistakes, and get weird with words! Prompts and fun activities about writing for kids inspire you to get creative and help you build intriguing plots, strong characters, and vivid settings for your stories. It's time to unleash your inner author!
All books about writing for kids should include:
- Fun activities—Explore engaging exercises that get your creativity flowing, including brainstorming, filling in the blanks, and beyond.
- Tips on writing for kids—Learn simple strategies for crafting strong storylines, and get pointers for overcoming writer's block, editing your work, and more.
- Quotes for creativity—Discover inspirational and motivational quotes from famous writers.
Step up your storytelling skills with the short, creative fiction prompts and fun activities inside this book about writing for kids.
About the Author
Natalie Rompella is the author of more than 60 books and materials for kids, including the middle-grade novel Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing pickleball, doing Zumba, and collecting insects.
“Inspiring, practical and fun! Natalie Rompella’s love of writing shines through on every page of Secrets of Storytelling. Her writing tips are clear and easy to understand, and the enjoyable exercises she provides will strengthen the skills of young aspiring writers. The book as a whole empowers young people to think of themselves as authors. I highly recommend this book.” —Janet Riehecky, Author of Show Me Dinosaurs
“Using colorful charts and diagrams, Secrets of Storytelling helps young writers make authentic connections through personal experience and interest. Natalie deflates common writing jitters using fun prompts and positive reinforcement. The intriguing games and crafts will appeal to even the most reluctant writers.” —Kathleen Reitmann, Certified Reading Teacher, Librarian, and Author
“Secrets of Storytelling is a practical—and fun—guide sure to inspire young writers. Natalie Rompella’s own storytelling skills shine through as she covers all aspects of writing, from generating ideas to editing a finished draft. The book’s lighthearted tone and short, easy-to-digest sections will make it a hit with both kids and creative-writing teachers!” —Carmela A. Martino, Writing Instructor, Author, and Founder of TeachingAuthors.com
“This charming writing book, part instruction and part workbook, is so engaging and on-target that young writers won’t be able to help improving their craft—because they’re having so much fun along the way! Natalie Rompella is the perfect friend to her audience, speaking from her experience as a multi-published author, and remembering exactly what it was like to be a young writer—creative, eager to learn, and ready to write!” —Alice Blumenthal McGinty, Award-Winning Children's Book Author