What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know

By Ralph Fletcher

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805094046, 166pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2012


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 find the sweet spot in writing: the place where everything except the words stands still. With advice from favorite authors like Jon Scieszka, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Robert Lipsyte, this hands-on book will make a writer out of any guy.

About the Author
Ralph Fletcher has always been a special person for children's literature. He is the author of picture books, nonfiction, and novels for young readers. How to Write Your Life Story is the fifth book in Mr. Fletcher's series of instructional writing books, which includes A Writer's Notebook, Live Writing, How Writers Work, and Poetry Matters. Mr. Fletcher lives with his family in New Hampshire.

Praise For Guy-Write

"...opens up a necessary conversation about what is acceptable in school writing, and how narrow restrictions can constrict the achievement of boys, making it important reading for teachers as well as budding guy writers.”--BCCB

“Encouragement and instructive pointers in a package guy writers will enjoy.”--Kirkus

"a good guide for anyone with a penchant for storytelling, but especially those who trade in 'spoofs, humor, sports, blood, farts [and] giant monsters tearing down the city.'"--BooklistPraise for The Sandman:
“The old-fashioned look is refreshingly straightforward, free of irony and adult-oriented nostalgia.” —School Library Journal
“[A] charming and comforting bedtime tale.” —Booklist
Praise for Marshfield Dreams:
“An amusing, charming and heartwarming memoir about a close family.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Written with sagacious eloquence and gentle humor, this work stands strong in the ranks of authors’ memoirs and autobiographies.” —School Library Journal
“Fletcher fans will love hearing about their favorite author’s early life. . . . great read-aloud material and models for essay writing.” —VOYA