Priyanka Taslim talks about wanting to give her students, and herself, books with characters like them that were joy and escapism.
Dianne White discusses how she didn't expect to be a writer, but supportive teachers and helping kids find their own voices showed her that she was one.
Margaret Finnegan writes about how things did not always go according to plan in her life, but that ending up where she didn't expect inspired her middle grade books.
Kellye Crocker talks about teaching her students that the keys to writing are respect and trying, and how those two things have helped her writing as well.
Jaime Berry talks about how helping her students work on Writer's Notebooks helped her explore her own ideas as a writer as well.
Jay Hardwig writes about how so many of the students he has worked with inspired him to create his book Just Maria with their stories and experiences.