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Have you seen that old movie, Joe Versus the Volcano with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?
There is this GREAT scene where Joe Banks (Tom Hanks) needs some new luggage for his trip to a remote island (where he will be jumping into a volcano.)
Have you seen that old movie, Joe Versus the Volcano with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?
The luggage salesman asks him:
“Have you thought much about luggage Mr. Banks?”
Tom Hanks says:
“No. I never really have.”
To which the luggage salesman replies:
“It is the central preoccupation of my life.”
This so hilarious, right, because who thinks about luggage that much?
But this man isn’t trying to be funny. He takes luggage very seriously.
Not to be too dramatic . . . but we are the luggage sales-women of writing.
Writing instruction, writing research, best practices for teaching writing, what works and doesn’t work, how to inspire kids to write, what to do when a kid won’t write, how to help a kid who writes all the time, how to best measure writing ability, what matters most when it comes to writing–these are topics that are the central preoccupation of our lives.
Who thinks about writing that much?
We do!
In the movie, Joe decides to trust the luggage salesman. And (without spoiling the movie for you!) that decision ends up being one of the best decisions of Joe’s life.
The fact that you are reading this email and are a part of this community, means that you trust us too. Thanks @friend. That trust means a lot to us.
We are here to help make all things writing easier for you and to give you the tools for your child to thrive as a writer.
That’s why we’re busy right now creating PRINTABLE versions of all of our Writer’s Boxes that you can access anytime you need to help your child tap into a positive writing experience. This makes the boxes accessible to anyone, anywhere, and comes with a quick list of things to gather to allow you to create your very own Writer’s Box experience. Our first downloads will be available in August, just in time for back to school!
Do you still prefer a physical Writer’s Box?
We will have those for sale on our site too as a ONE BOX AT A TIME purchase, with a special never before offered Writer’s Box coming your way this fall!
Writing doesn’t need to be the central preoccupation of YOUR life because you’ve got us on your team.
Questions? We’d love to talk to you more about our plans to help you!

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