Writing Radar

The Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical creative writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.


WRITING RADAR wins Nerdy Book Award

"With inimitable humor and wit, Jack Gantos offers young readers the inside scoop about writing. The book will be of interest not only to your budding young writers but also to student writers who feel they never have anything to write about."  read more

A Busy Fall 2017

Jack just wrapped up a packed schedule of school and conference visits and is putting his feet up for a few weeks. He received lots of thank-you's from students, teachers, and librarians, such as this one: "Parents dropped by the library all last week to express how delighted they were, and their children were, with your visit! The admin team offered high praise for how well you connected and inspired the students. We loved having you, because you are so fun to have, and because you have made a difference to our students, certainly. I expect every fourth grader will, during this gift-giving season, receive a journal!  And quite a few of them have already put their hand in the spot where their book will one day be on the library shelves."

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

Amazon has named Writing Radar as one of their best children's nonfiction books of the year!

NaNoWriMo Webcast

November is National Novel Writing Month and Jack was at his publisher's offices in the Flatiron Building the other day for an online interview with the good people at NaNoWriMo Writing Program. Filled with questions from novice writers from around the world, the hour-long interview is bursting with good advice for writers of all ages.