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  Been There, Done That
Writing Stories from Real Life
edited by Mike Winchell
illustrated by Eglantine Ceulemans
Grosset & Dunlap, 2015
Hardcover ISBN 978-0448486727
Paperback ISBN 978-0448486734

Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them. I enjoyed contributing to this book which also features stories by Julia Alvarez, Margarita Engle, Dee Garretson, Nathan Hale, Matthew Kirby, Claire Legrand, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Linda Sue Park, Adam Rex, Gary Schmidt, Alan Sitomer, Caroline Starr Rose, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tracy Edward Wymer, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen.

Please purchase this book at your local independent bookseller.


“A collection of short works from a wide variety of young adult and juvenile fiction writers. Each piece has two parts: actual events from the author's' life and the story that was inspired by that event. The book is organized into six thematic chapters such as "If Only…: Dealing with Regret, Guilt, and Sadness" and "Why or Why Not?: Asking Questions About the World Around You.”

“A fine collection and a boon to writing teachers everywhere.”

“Winchell's collection of tales inspired by real life features short stories from some of the most acclaimed middle-grade writers—Rita Williams-Garcia, Gary D. Schmidt, Karen Cushman, etc.—in the business. From contemporary realistic to graphic-novel style to sci-fi, the stories in this collection span the breadth of the middle-grade market while also featuring a diverse cast of characters.”

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