CXL - Who Gets to Write Fiction?
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Get ready to rethink creative writing in the 21st century

At a time when there's a dangerous (and, misinformed) collective idea that fiction is some kind of "fluff" that doesn't prepare kids for college—and that non-fiction is the only thing that’s valuable when it comes to the written word and bettering our society—Sacks offers a powerful message: reading literature is vitally important for young people. Literary works are worth much more than their Lexile numbers, their relative weight in complexity, and even the opportunities they present for rigorous analysis.  

In Who Gets to Write Fiction?, veteran teacher Ariel Sacks offers ideas, lesson plans, and strategies for successfully incorporating the teaching of fiction in your classroom. After all, as your students lose themselves in great stories, they’ll also explore their identities, relationships, struggles, and dreams through writing—which can lead to more motivated and engaged students.  

  • Offers a fresh look at why teaching fiction is so crucial to student development
  • Addresses head-on the dismal truth that too often our students of color are denied the opportunity to write creatively in school
  • Stresses how literature prepares students for their future
  • Covers how reading and writing empowers students to find themselves

If you had the chance to introduce a student to something that would not only keep them engaged in schoolwork but impact them to be more self-reflective members of society, wouldn’t you try it?  Of course! And this book shows you how! 


Ariel Sacks ( Ariel Sacks teaches English Language Arts in New York City. She now divides her time between teaching 8th graders, writing about teaching and education issues, and supporting teachers to implement student-centered methods, most notably the whole novels approach.


Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide range of diverse learners both in traditional public schools and currently in a unionized public charter school. She studied progressive pedagogy at Bank Street College of Education. Ariel recently launched a new blog on Education Week called Teaching For the Whole Story.