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Why I Write

Why I Write podcast is produced by the National Council of Teachers of English and hosted by C.C. Chapman of "Accident Hash" fame. Why I Write is a bi-weekly podcast similar to Lifehacker's "How I Work" series in which we delve into the topic of writing by talking with authors from variety genres and methods to hear their take on writing and its importance both in their lives and how it should be important in each of ours.
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Jun 23, 2017

Today we are excited to welcome award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson to the Why I Write podcast.

Our Annual Convention will be happening this November in St. Louis, and we are excited to have Jacqueline as one of our Keynote Speakers.

Register today so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing content, meetings, and happenings.

Jacqueline is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders, and children.

Her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award.

She rightfully scolded me for not having read it yet. But after we finished recording I bought a copy, and it is waiting for me on my Kindle to read this summer.

Her most recent novel, Another Brooklyn, illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood and renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

We chatted about her writing and books, but we also discussed what her kids are reading and what advocacy means to her.

She was packing for a weekend away with her family, so I’m thankful she had the time to talk to us for a little while before hitting the road.

Be sure you register to see her at our Annual Convention after listening to the episode.

Happy listening!

Jun 9, 2017

From the moment I first watched A Pep Talk from Kid President to You and heard the classic line, “Not cool, Robert Frost!,” I was a fan of Brad Montague and his writing.

Now, you may not have heard of Brad, but I’m betting/hoping you have heard of his most successful creation so far, Kid President.

But Brad is about more than one amazing project, and we had the chance to talk about all of this on this episode of the Why I Write Podcast.

We, of course, discussed the success of Kid President, but we also talked about his latest venture encouraging everyone to rebel joyfully through the Montague Workshop. This creative studio is on a mission to make media, experiences, and more that are full of wisdom, wonder, and whimsy.

What I love about Brad’s work is that he proves that all it takes sometimes to make a powerful statement is a few, well-chosen words. Watch his video A Balloon’s Story to see exactly what I mean.

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