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The Making of a Writer

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Many of Joan Lowery Nixon's readers have written to her to ask how they, too, can become published writers someday. This memoir, including anecdotes and advice, is her answer to them. From her first publication at age ten- a poem entitled " Springtime" in a children's magazine- to her graduation from Hollywood High during World War II, Joan Lowery Nixon shares the incident ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Apr 10, 2011 Eden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Joan Lowery Nixon, People who want to write, Those who are writers
The Making of a Writer is about Joan Lowery Nixon's childhood and teenage years and what influenced her to become a writer.
Joan lived with both her parents and grandparents in the same home. From an early age she loved to read, as did other members of her family, and she fondly remembers grabbing pictures books, going to her grandfather and climbing into his lap so they could read them together.
She loved listening to the stories her parents and grandparents told.

When Joan was a child there was n
Great Book. Read it as a possible selection for MVES. Joan Lowery Nixon is a prolific children's author. Pleasantly, she wrote about her childhood. Each chapter centers around a specific chronological story and how that relates to a key trait of writing. Above all, it engages and promotes, children to follow their dreams and to do all they can do to accomplish them.
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Quick Read, but a good one. Nice photos, and amazing story. From one girl's nothingness to an amazing writer! Great Job Mrs. Nixon!
I would actually put this at 2 & 1/2 stars-- squarely middling. This is a smooth easy read, but this type of book and subject matter has been done by other writers & much more effectively.
Not applicable to my purpose, which is learning how to write a mystery.
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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