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Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch and Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind

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Invite your jittery mind into quiet slips of timed or untimed writing experiments that are designed to encourage your timid heart to forge forgotten feelings and entice your shy-self to make friends with emerging emotions. With a bounty of prompts to select from, you’ll be inspired to explore all the wacky, confusing, brave, soul-stirring wonderings and wanderings of your ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Roost Books
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Kristi Bernard
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Karen Benke is not kidding when she says leap. Page four asks eager learners to leap by having them finish five starter sentences. Benke doesn’t just want you to do all of the spilling of words she offers plenty of her own, and other writers too. Many chapters have a “Your Turn” section which makes the book interactive. For example: the learner is given a task to complete. It could be finishing sentences, writing poems or working a maze. Other tasks can be found in the “Story Starters” or ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, I was very excited to read this book! Ms. Benke’s other book “Rip The Page!” was great, and really helped me with my writing. I found this book was a great follow-up to “Rip The Page!” because the writing challenges were a bit more complex. The prompts were realistic and slightly challenging to do, especially if you aren’t in your creative mind frame, like the activities “Stop Making Sense” and “Your Moody Monkey Mind” – two of my favorites. Ms. Benke gave several activities for each ...more
Jul 24, 2016 added it
This is a great book for teens. I went through it for creative writing ideas for my elementary kids. There are a lot of great, very creative ideas that I plan on using with my kids. Some very good short writing ideas that can be done within an hour (many less than that). I split them up into poetry, on location (some would be perfect for doing at the library, park or grocery store for example), group activities, longer writing assignment and art based.
Susan Williams
Mar 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
This book is written by a very gifted friend who is a writer and poet. I look forward to reading it and getting plenty of creative ideas for tweens and teens.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book this very talented author has written for all young and aspiring creative writers out there. Each page is filled with helpful tips and information to keep any young writing mind engaged and excited to write. The author not only touches on the craft of creative writing itself, but she makes the reader feel important and valued while on their learning journey. She definitely encourages and applauds kids, tweens, and teens to believe in themselves, their writing, their imagi ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
First I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book through the First Reads Giveaway.

I requested this book because I am a teacher and I felt that it would be helpful for ideas for classes. In some ways it is because it has lots of ideas but unfortunately it appears to be a little too in depth for the age groups I am likely to be teaching.

There are some very nice ideas in the book and some that can be adapted easily and used in different ways. I especially like
Emily Mack
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got this book as a gift from my English department, and received Rip the Page for a writing mentorship/field learning project I'm doing. Both of them are fantastic. I'm using it with a 4th grader, and using it for myself (2nd year college English Ed and creative writing major) and we both get something out of it. Fun, creative prompts, good mix of serious and silly. Some activities are more personal/reflective, some are more creative, some are great for strengthening writing skills in general. L ...more
Medeia Sharif
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is geared towards young people to motivate and inspire them to write. With numerous prompts and story starters, this is a solid resource book for teachers and students. It seemed to me that the reading and interest levels were more for teens than tweens. I read this on my Kindle, so I’m not sure how much of a workbook this is. I did see blank lines for writing space, but have no idea if it’s sufficient in a hard copy. I received the galley from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to tweens, teens, or adults who need a best friend to guide them through create writing experiences. The prompts and inspirational stories provide motivation and a template for exploring and expressing one's creativity. Written for tweens and teens, but adults should not scoff...the writing exercises are not limited by age or experience and the snippets of the author's own story are relatable and heart-felt. highly recommended!
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lots of great writing prompts in here!
Mrs. Bradshaw
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Some good ideas but ultimately not what I was hoping for. :(
Whitney West
Great for people who like to journal or just enjoy writing. Many great ideas for teachers as well! Definitely worth the purchase!
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is the same as the first: for poets rather than fiction writers.
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