Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know

Ralph Fletcher

Square Fish



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It's no secret that many guys dread writing assignments. But writing doesn't have to be "boring nerd-work." Writing is about power; it's about fun; it's about spoofs, humor, sports, blood, farts, superheroes, giant monsters tearing down the city, and serious subjects, too. Ralph Fletcher, a guy writer himself and the author of forty-one books, discusses every tip needed to find the sweet spot in writing: the place where everything except the words stands still. With advice from favorite authors like Jon Scieszka, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Robert Lipsyte, this hands-on book will make a writer out of any guy.

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Praise for Guy-Write

“Opens up a necessary conversation about what is acceptable in school writing, and how narrow restrictions can constrict the achievement of boys, making it important reading for teachers as well as budding guy writers.” —BCCB

“Encouragement and instructive pointers in a package guy writers will enjoy.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A good guide for anyone with a penchant for storytelling, but especially those who trade in ‘spoofs, humor, sports, blood, farts [and] giant monsters tearing down the city.' ” —Booklist

“The old-fashioned look is refreshingly straightforward, free of irony and adult-oriented nostalgia.” —School Library Journal on The Sandman

“[A] charming and comforting bedtime tale.” —Booklist on The Sandman

“An amusing, charming and heartwarming memoir about a close family.” —Kirkus Reviews on Marshfield Dreams

“Written with sagacious eloquence and gentle humor, this work stands strong in the ranks of authors' memoirs and autobiographies.” —School Library Journal on Marshfield Dreams

“Fletcher fans will love hearing about their favorite author's early life. . . . Great read-aloud material and models for essay writing.” —VOYA on Marshfield Dreams

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of GUY-WRITE What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know. Guys love writing as much as they love reading...when they can do their own thing. - Kirkus Reviews

With chapter titles like "Riding the Vomit Comet: Writing About Disgusting Stuff," this handbook is pointedly geared toward enticing boys to embrace creative writing. Topics include writing humor, spo - Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Ralph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher is the author of many books, from picture books to young adult novels to books on writing. He lives with his family in Lee, New Hampshire.

Ralph Fletcher

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