Lisa Stringfellow

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke tackle the question of whether writing can be taught—and why this is even a question that’s up for debate in the first place. Guest Lisa Stringfellow has a lot of great insights about the intersection of writing and teaching, what she’s learned about writing through her teaching, and the rewards of writing to an audience in the form of her students. We cover why reading is the most important portal we have to becoming better writers, the value of mentor texts, and the power of community.


Lisa Stringfellow writes middle-grade fiction and is the author of the debut novel, A Comb of Wishes. She is also a teacher and has taught Language Arts and technology for over 27 years. She participates in writing communities through Inked Voices, GrubStreet, and The Writers’ Loft, and is a member of The Brown Bookshelf’s Amplify Black Stories Cohort, KidLit in Color, Black Creators in Kidlit, the #22Debuts, as well as SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She wrote A Comb of Wishes during NaNoWriMo and teaches her students novel writing through our Young Writers Program.

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