I, Joy Kirr, am a middle school teacher, author, and speaker. My 7th grade ELA (English Language Arts) classes are working to improve their lives through student-directed learning - without marks throughout the year. This is a log of my learning experiences... Want to have me speak with your staff or facilitate a workshop? Here is my PORTFOLIO.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Authors on Twitter

Here's the Google document: Authors on Twitter

Here's the story:
I've been collecting names of authors who are on Twitter for a couple of weeks now. I realized that so many of the people I follow including John Schuh (@MrSchuReads) & Jillian Heise (@heisereads) tweet to authors all the time... Why not me? Why not connect them with my students??

So I began to collect names over winter break in Evernote. I've only had two weeks, and I came up with 57 names. I then looked at my students' book review blog posts, and was able to tweet to SEVEN of these authors. It was this same day (today) that Scott Boylen (@Iowasboy) tweeted out help: Anyone have info on authors who are willing to communicate/Skype/other with YA students (7th 8th gr)?

I had to share my Evernote list! I quickly responded that I'd make it into a Google Doc sometime this week. You guessed it. I didn't procrastinate! And, by the power of Twitter, I saw this screen, just sixteen minutes after I tweeted it out...

Upper right corner... 48 other viewers!!

Sadly, shortly after that, it said there were "No other viewers." However, then I received this tweet from Denise Krebs (@MrsDKrebs), who has since put the link on her blog post as well...


The best part, however, is that FOUR authors already replied to my students' blogs... Michael Grant (@thefayz), said of Martina's book review of his fourth book in his Gone series, Plague... "Blood and love. I love blood and love." See Martina's post here. Lisa McMann commented on Ethan's book review of The Unwanteds... She let him know it would be a series with SEVEN books! See Ethan's post and her reply here. Tom Angleberger (@OrigamiYoda) replied to Alyssa here, and Ridley Pearson (@RidleyPearson) replied to Maddy here! THIS is why I use Twitter.

Please, check out this document - Authors on Twitter - and add to it or use it to your advantage!

1 comment:

  1. Great story! Quite the power of Twitter to have all this happen in just one hour. Very nice!

    I haven't known you to be a procrastinator! It seems to me when you see a need, you respond. Thanks for sharing with Scott (@iowasboy) and with the world!