BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Writing Stories from Real Life
Edited by Mike Winchell. Find out where writers get their ideas in this engaging anthology that gives readers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of fiction. Included are original fictional short stories by a diverse group of acclaimed authors, accompanied by nonfictional accounts of the inspiration for each story. Topics, which range from an alien invasion to the realities of life during World War II, are tied together with universal themes such as dealing with change, fitting in, self-esteem, and relationships with friends and family. Contributing authors include Gary Schmidt, Linda Sue Park, Rita Williams-Garcia, and many others. Aligned with CCSS, this collection helps students understand the craft of creative writing. Grades 5 and up. Acknowledgments. Grosset and Dunlap. 279 pages. ©2015.