Teaching Writing

The Write Time with Author Janae Marks, Educator Terri Fredrick, and Tesla


Nikki Grimes, author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington, is interviewed by Eastern Illinois Writing Project Director, Terri Fredrick and her 7th-grade daughter, Tesla. Originally published on April 18, 2023

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Janae Marks is the New York Times bestselling author of middle-grade novels, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, A Soft Place to Land, and On Air with Zoe Washington. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School, and lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter, and miniature schnauzer named Cookie.

Terri Fredrick is a Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Eastern Illinois University. She is also the director of the Eastern Illinois Writing Project. She and her daughter have read three of Janae Marks’s novels together.

Tesla, Terri’s daughter, is a 7th-grade student in Champaign Illinois. She enjoys theater, basketball, dance, and track. She loves Janae Marks’s books.

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