January 19, 2007
Teen Ink believes in the power of self-expression
heal -- to
discover -- to celebrate -- to change. "Freedom Writers" -- out
in theaters now -- speaks to that belief. Based on a true story,
the movie depicts a young English teacher and her high school
students as they write their way through stereotypes, violence
and unfortunate circumstances to discover the individuals they
are meant to be. Go see "Freedom Writers" (and then we
hope you'll write a review and send it our way).
Here are some other items on the topic of self-
In "Write for Your Life," Newsweek columnist
Quindlen says that the power of writing is "a lesson everyone
needs." Yes, it is. Read the
Joel L. Swerdlow's National Geographic article,
Power of Writing," is about a Chinese man who spent 18 years
in jail for writing essays arguing for democracy. You'll also
learn about the impact of writing throughout history. Check it out.
Ralph Fletcher's book, Breathing In Breathing Out,
inspire you keep a writer's notebook, a safe place to collect
inspirations from your life (Breathing In) and craft your own
original writing (Breathing Out).
So go view, go read, and then go write. The
world needs your
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