Listen to the National Writing Project's interview with Charles Schuster and Sondra Perl aboutStepping on My Brother's Head
"Good Writers Read for Pleasure." —Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster
Sondra Perl and Charles Schuster know the importance of inspiring your writers to read. That’s what inspired them to develop a new kind of college reader—one that tells never-before-seen stories and serves them up in surprising ways. These twelve provocative essays by some of America’s most distinguished teachers of writing were written to grab your students’ interest. The essays will keep them turning pages. We think they’ll want to read them and re-read them, talk about them, think about them, and learn to do what they do best: engage an audience through a unique blend of form, content, style, verve, and voice.
Sondra and Charles have also developed an online instructor’s manual that gives teachers insight into the composing process each of the contributors went through as they wrote their essay. Writers discuss their choice of subject; their organization, phrasing, and genre; their purpose in writing and whether they achieved their goal; and what challenges they faced and how they resolved them.
Bring the pleasure of reading good writing to your students. These stories await you.
Enter a comic Twilight Zone of childhood memories—Stepping On My Brother’s Head by Charles Schuster
Read about a middle-aged man’s adolescent adventure—Sneaking Into the Movies by Lad Tobin
Take a leap into flight with a daring English professor on the flying trapeze—"Hep!" by Mary Pinard
Discover how letters and language lead to a loving relationship—E-Love by Harriet Malinowitz
Ask yourself why a teenage boy tells wildly fantastic stories about his family—The Time of Lies by Janet Eldred
Journey through writing a life, one poem at a time—Revealing Secrets, Writing Poems by Sondra Perl
- The City in the Back of the Mind by Mike Rose
- Leaving Home by Jenny Spinner
- Theories of Intelligence by Bruce Ballenger
- Surfacing: Secrets of the Women’s Locker Room by Lynn Bloom
- Ella: Family Stories, Family Secrets by Rebecca Faery
- It's Just Like Benheim by Mimi Schwartz