Synopses & Reviews
Here is a personal and compassionate book for everyone writers, poets, teachers, lovers of life, and especially those seeking to find their writing voices again or for the first time. It is an autobiographical travelogue moving from a volcano in Hawaii to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and places in between, with writing at its heart.
Writing Toward Home offers practical advice on overcoming some of the obstacles writers of all ages face: writer's block, fear of rejection, confronting silencing critics in your head, finding the time to write. Each short chapter speaks to the larger truths about writing and how to truly live the writer's life: how to become more of a risk taker, how to excavate the past as a source, and how to become an acute observer of the world.
Writing Toward Home is a book that will remind you-and help you remind your students-that the true source of writing is the creative self. In this fast culture when most people have so little time to do anything but menial tasks, it will jumpstart you, it will awaken to you the journey within, it will make you want to write.
[This] is a book for the writer hidden or not so hidden in us all...It is a book for any age, to be read in little bits or all at once, and to be reread regularly.Inland
Here is a personal and compassionate book for everyone - writers, poets, teachers, lovers of life, and especially those seeking to find their writing voices again or for the first time.
Confronts the obstacles every writer faces.
About the Author
Georgia Heard received her M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City. Currently, she visits schools and speaks at conferences in the United States, Canada, and around the world inspiring students and educators with her workshops and speeches. She is the author of numerous professional books on writing including her most recent A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades, as well as: The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques that Work ; Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way; For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry; Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the School Year (coauthored with Lester Laminack); and Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School which was cited by Instructor magazine as "One of the Twelve Books Every Teacher Should Read." She is also the author of several books for children including: Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems; This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort; Creatures of Earth, Sea and Sky: Animal Poems; and Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Poems and Art.
Table of Contents
Raven Man: The Journey Out of Silence
A Conversation with Yourself
Finding Your Way Home 4 . Querencia
Poetry Inside All of Us
Where Does Writing Hide for You?
I Could Not Tell
An Angel on Your Shoulder 9 . Feng Shui 10 . Doing What We Have to Do
Keep the Channel Open
I'm Not in the Military
The Rumble Beneath Your Feet
The Education of the Eye: Staring
Don't Try and Avoid the Rocks
Let Writing Lead the Way
The Intent, Not the Recipe
For the Sake of a Single Poem
Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
Writing Is like Making Tortillas
Picking Up a Stone
Digging in the Earth
Fall in Love at Least Three Times a Day
From an Onion to My Grandmother
The Fire Within: Writing from Anger
Ten Observations a Day
Rivers of Memory
The Full Picture
Layers of History
Stones and Sorrows
Listening to the Corn
In That Time
Writing from Behind the Scenes
The Family at the Next Booth
Back from the Mountains, a Yellow Handrail
Whispering into the Air
Synchronicity: Connecting the World
Song to a Fallen Chestnut: Odes
Prayers: Words with Winged Feet
Lessons from Art
Blind Contour Drawing: Revision
Tapping into Words