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 events from her childhood that helped her to grow and develop as a writer.
Joan Lowery Nixon took to heart and never forgot what her ninth-grade journalism teacher told her, “A writer must always have faith in herself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.” Both informative and entertaining, The Making of a Writer is a charming look at one writer’s beginnings.
“This will be of tremendous value to adults who teach writing to children, but it will also appeal to Nixon’s legion of fans. . . . A delightful look back at a time and a life.”—Booklist
“Clear and concise advice to writers.”—School Library Journal
About Joan Lowery Nixon
“In every story I write I give a great deal of thought to the main character, because the story is his, or hers. The direction of the story is determined by the main character’s ambitions and reactions. The main character… More about Joan Lowery Nixon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Sep 25, 2013| 112 Pages| Middle Grade (10 and up)| ISBN 9780307820464