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Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing

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  • Open ended writing experiments for all kids of all ages!

Here are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page! This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors, including: Annie Barrows, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lemony Snicket, C. M. Mayo, Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Moira Egan, Gary Soto, Lucille Clifton, Avi, Betsy Franco, Carol Edgarian, Karen Cushman, Patricia Polacco, Prartho Sereno, Lewis Buzbee, and C. B. Follett. 

This is your journal for inward-bound adventures—use it to write, brainstorm, explore, imagine—and even rip!

“Rip the Page! is an invitation and a feast. Every page springs the imagination into freedom, eagerness, curiosity, the spirit of experimentation, and the power to express the abundant possibilities of both words and world.”—Jane Hirshfield, poet and author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry 

“Alive with ideas, playful, encouraging, and full of heart, Rip the Page! will help you uncover stories of inner treasure and express them in a fresh new way.”—Susan Wooldridge, author of Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing 

 “Rip the Page! is fun, sassy, and zany. It's a great resource for writers of all ages—and for teachers of creative writing—who want to put the zing back in their writing.”—Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender 

“Rip the Page! inspires creativity to flow, sparkle, whoosh, and claim a child’s imagination.  Karen Benke uses playful, inviting, inspiring language to form 'hooks' to snag the interest and 'reel in' the imagination of children to write. Great for an individual writer on their own, and wonderful as a guideline for teachers or home-school parents to inspire young hearts.”—San Francisco Book Review  

Product Details

  • Date available: 09/28/2016
  • Publication date: 07/27/2010
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Karen Benke

Karen Benke is the author of a small collection of poems (Sister, 2004) and three popular creative writing adventure books for kids and kids at heart, all published by Roost Books/Shambhala and distributed by Penguin Random House: Rip the Page! (2010); Leap Write In! (2013); Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing (2015). A long time California Poet in the Schools, she leads creative writing playshops in Northern California and New York City and partners with Handwritten. For more info visit www.karenbenke.com.

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