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Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way

Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way

by Georgia Heard, Toby GordonGeorgia Heard
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435081249
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/16/1995
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

As a writer, a poet, and a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Georgia Heard continues to bring a poet's ear and a teacher's know-how to every aspect of writing instruction. Her newest book, Heart Maps, provides 20 unique, multi-genre heart maps to help students write with purpose and authenticity. A heart mapping pioneer, Georgia has spent decades guiding students into more meaningful writing experiences by using heart maps to explore what we all hold inside: feelings, passions, vulnerabilities, and wonderings. Listen to Georgia talk about heart mapping on The Heinemann Podcast and explore the Heart Maps Facebook group: Georgia is the author of The Revision Toolbox, Second Edition, Finding the Heart of Nonfiction, and Writing Toward Home, along with Awakening the Heart - which Instructor Magazine called one of its "12 Books Every Teacher Should Read." She is also the coauthor of Climb Inside a Poem, a curricular resource focused on how reading and writing poetry help teachers develop young students' language and literacy throughout the year. At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Georgia worked for seven years as Senior Staff Developer in New York City schools. Today she travels the U.S. and the world as a consultant, visiting author, and keynote speaker in school districts and conferences. In addition to her Heinemann professional books, Georgia is the coauthor of the professional titles Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core Standards and A Place for Wonder, as well as children's literature such as Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems. Follow her on Twitter: @GeorgiaHeard1 Visit her website: Listen to Georgia's TEDx talk on heart mapping: Mapping Your Heart

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

Incarnadine Seas

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


First Memory

Rivers of Memory

The Full Picture

Visual Archaeology

Layers of History

Gannon Hill

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

Found Writing

Prayers: Words with Winged Feet


Lessons from Art

Blind Contour Drawing: Revision

Tapping into Words

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