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Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know

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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

Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published (first published July 3rd 2012)
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A great guide for encouraging boys to write by valuing the writing topics they like. Includes advice from many published authors, craft writing ideas, and suggestions on writing in specific styles and genres. A classroom must-have or gift for the boy writers in your life.

Not just for boys, Fletcher's tips translate to girl writers, too.

The only drawback-- Fletcher's recommended reading lists lack currency with many outdated titles that boys don't read much. Perhaps, his lists will spark boys to
Colby Sharp
I stayed up late last night finishing this book, because I will see one of my boy writers today at a kids comic convention. I can't wait to hand the book off to him.
Laura Sizemore LME 508

Type of Reference: handbook

Call Number: 808.06

Description: A guide to writing for boys, including tips and advice form established authors.

Review Citation:
Lyday, K. (2012, July). [Review of the book Guy-Write: What guy writer needs to know]. School Library Journal, 96-97.


Scope: The purpose of this selection is to provide guide for young writers, grade 3-6, particularly boys, to make their writing more effective and more fun. Short chapters cover humor, horror, fan
John Young
Aug 01, 2013 John Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! I'd recommend this to all K-8 teachers. I'd also recommend this to parents desiring to inspire their particularly writing-resistant sons. Ralph Fletcher writes Guy-Write with the hope of inspiring young boys to pursue writing even if they have not exactly received support for their very boyish interests such as slapstick humor, gore, or the classic boy pastime, the fart.

The book is written in a friendly and fun-loving tone and Fletcher calls upon his own experiences of hesitatin
Carol Royce Owen
Sep 09, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it it was amazing
Ralph Fletcher knows guys. As an older brother to many and a father to boys, he knows what makes them tick as writers - what their turn offs are, what their turn ons are and what will help them grow as passionate writers. In this book he had me from his first narrative in which he described his 16 year old son going off with his friends while they were away at a camp. They weren't off to get in trouble or play a prank. they weren't even off to head for a swimming hole or hiking trail. They went ...more
Dec 14, 2012 CB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more than just a handbook; it's an inspiration. These pages are chock-full of great advice and interviews for the aspiring guy writer, mixed together with a healthy dose of validation and encouragement. Fletcher simply assumes that most boys write, even if they don't want to admit it. Such assurance, rather than sounding arrogant, is a comfort. He forges ahead in the belief that most boys want to create, but either don't know how or haven't received the right reassurance. He balances ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, writing, ncbla2013
Writers and teachers can always depend on Ralph Fletcher for practical advice to help improve their own or their students' writing. Not only do the twelve chapters provide tips that teachers can use tomorrow in their writing lessons, but they also include insightful interviews with authors Jon Scieszka, Greg Trine, Robert Lipsyte, Robert San Souci, and Jarrett Krosoczka, and some comment from Jane Yolen. Although Fletcher continues to focus on boy writers and their need to express themselves by ...more
In this book Ralph Fletcher discusses the "genres" that boys often like to write about - fighting, superheros, grossness, sports, drawing, etc. He gives boy writers real hints about how to improve their writing in these genres, and also gives them some ideas about how to convince teachers or other adults that it is OK to be writing about this stuff. He includes great examples, both from professional writers and from school-aged boys. Throughout the book there are interviews with professional ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
This children's non-fiction book is all about guys and their abilities to write. Ralph Fletcher discusses every tip needed to for a guy who wants to write. It has a lot of neat ideas for stories guys can write about and the types of stories too! It contains interviews with other guy writers as well and is just an overall inspiration for male children who are either unwilling to write or eager to!

The book I would pair this one with is Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney. I would pair
Jaime Leroy
Oct 02, 2012 Jaime Leroy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
This book would be a great addition to any library or English teacher’s classroom. The author presents the ways we go wrong in teaching boys writing and what could be done to better the situation. There are lessons on how to write, how to make your writing stronger, and how to tell it like it is. Throughout the book the author interviews other “guy-book” authors and shows children’s actual writing. His chapters include: Humor, Riding the Vomit Comet, Freaky Stories, and Read to Feed Your Writing ...more
Yoo Kyung Sung
Nov 08, 2012 Yoo Kyung Sung rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-ncbla
It is like a written panel that you get to hear other successful guy writers of children's literature.
Full of great example of writing stories that convey their author identity and taste while audience is in the center of the purpose of writing. This book eventually show writing a book is a mindful journey of communicating through writing and reading which has layers of involving audience's aesthetic and efferent reading.. John Schiska expresses " rewarding" to readers. It would be good to pair
Christina Fernandez-morrow
Fletcher’s main audience is boys and he addresses their need to express themselves via sketching, collecting things that inspire them, and free-writing. But, the ideas in this book do not have to be limited to young male writers. There are several great examples, of his writing as well as professional writers and even from school-aged boys. The only drawback is that the recommended reading list at the back of the book has a lot of outdated titles that may not be as interesting to kids these ...more
The Reading Countess
Written for boys by a (former) boy writer, Fletcher once again hits a homerun. Do boys like to write about blood and gore? Do they yearn to stick to the familiar (i.e. sports, super heroes, and gross stuff?) YES! Fletcher knows this and gives them helpful hints about how to stay true to their "boy-ness" while still stretching their writing muscles. This can be a tough thing to do , and therefore serves not only as a help to any boy writer but to struggling teachers everywhere as well.

Highly reco
Melanie Swider
Love this book! Great resource and mentor for writers - I loved how Ralph Fletcher interviewed various authors throughout the book and talks about many different genres. Can't what for to share this with students. Although this book is titled Guy-Write and meant for boy writers, all writers can learn from and with this book! I tabbed sections and pages already that I want to use in mini-lessons, small groups, and conferences.
Feb 03, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
A great book for guy writers, focusing especially on the problems and interests of boys. Fletcher covers everything from interesting sports writing to dealing with aggressive writing in an age of zero-tolerance policies. The text is accompanied by sketches from writer's notebooks that inspire story planning by tying verbal skills to visual skills.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Aug 19, 2012 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing

Loved this new resource from Ralph Fletcher. He continues to inspire and love his continued focus/follow up to Boy Writers. This writers' guide is very user friendly and filled with mini lesson ideas. It is the next best thing to having Ralph visit your classroom. Added bonus, love the interviews with other favorite male authors and tips on books boys will love.
Mar 08, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Simple message: you don't have to be a professional writer, or an adult, or a girl, to write. This is not a book about boys and writing but a book written to boys about their writing, their way. Ralph Fletcher writes great books for kids, but reading this you might almost think he was a boy once himself.
Jeramy Hauck
Jul 14, 2013 Jeramy Hauck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The font selection and book structure gave it a Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel. This book simultaneously shows what "kids should" and what "teachers should not" do to inspire better writing. The end of the book offers book suggestions for the different genres of writing covered - a useful tool for teachers trying to build their classroom libraries.
Karen Arendt
Jan 20, 2013 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on writing for middle grade boys. Fletcher includes chapters on a variety of genres: humor horror, sports, freaky stories, and emotional writing- how to get it write without being girly. The book includes an appealing layout with changes in font style, doodles, and interviews with popular guy writers such as Jon Scieszka, Neil Gaiman, and Robert San Souci.
Great Books
Jul 06, 2012 Great Books added it
Shelves: ages-9-11
Assuring guy writers that it is okay to write what they love: humor, grossness, battles fantasy and horror, this hands-on guidebook is filled with general writing tips, suggestions for ways to make writing more enjoyable, interviews with popular authors and advice about keeping a journal.
Reviewer 16
Jul 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-nonfiction
Really liked this writing book for boys. I do wish there was less "formula writing" and more "free spirit writing" in school, but standardized testing has just about killed creativity. Loved the snippets and words of wisdom from accomplished "guy writers" like Crutcher and Sciezka.
Janet Frost
I loved this book written to help boys channel their creativity in writing. I learned so many things myself from this clearly written and organized book. I can't wait to use this with both genders of students.
Feb 23, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, really, really good book to help guys write, and a book that should be a required reference for every school system and teacher that require guys to write.
Elaine Bearden
Aug 08, 2012 Elaine Bearden marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-writing
some concrete practical ideas with a fresh direct voice to reach boys, including a section on including emotions in writing - what is going on inside the character
Apr 16, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching-books
The companion to his Boy Writers book, this is for the boys, not the teachers. The topics are similar, but addressed to different audiences. I think student writers would like this.
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Nov 27, 2013 Dawn Trlak-Donahue rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-non-fiction
Not sure who this author is- has ok advice. Though, it does seem a convenient excuse to recommend his books along with better-known writers like Gary Paulsen and Carl Hiassen.
Sandy Davis
Jul 10, 2014 Sandy Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every teacher of writing must have this book. It shows what boys like to write about. It will surely help you grow writers in your class.
Love this book and can't wait to share it with my students. Great advice for young writers in here.
Joy Kirr
Aug 12, 2015 Joy Kirr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that I purchased this as a resource for my students. It's great for 7th grade - easy to read/understand, and yet with plenty of ideas/suggestions!
Jun 29, 2013 Kylia rated it liked it
This was very informative, and I enjoyed reading it, though I didn't appreciate some of the humor in it. The interviews with the authors and the stories included were pretty interesting.
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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers ...more
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