Begun in September 2011, this blog has hosted many different notebook keepers.  Here is a place where you can find the post you may be looking for.  This index can be useful to your writing self or your teaching self.  Please just let me know if you would like to see your own notebook featured here!  I would love to have you.  Please contact me if you keep any sort of notebook for any sort of purpose; my hope is to collect a great variety of notebook-keeping ideas in this spot!
- Amy

I will continue to flesh out this index...
my first goal was simply to get these links all on one page for ease of use!

In Date Order, Newest Posts to Oldest Posts

Dr. Shari Daniels - "Whatever It Be" - March 24, 2019 -

Brett Vogelsinger - "Variations" - February 26, 2019 - In this post, high school English teacher Brett Vogelsinger explores how completing prompts and assignments with his students multiple times throughout the day helps him see the power in variation, something we can also share with students.  

Kiesha Shepard - " Notebooks for Life" - September 12, 2016 - Teacher Kiesha Shepard shares how she uses notebooks to capture all her noticings, wonderings, and thoughts for life. She invites us to peek into her notebook as she explains some of her notebooking strategies and how she uses the notebook to spark ideas for poems or books. She also offers readers an invitation to write

K.A. Holt - "The Satisfaction of Jotting" - November 3, 2015 - Author K.A. Holt explain how she uses notebooks as repositories for thoughts, ideas, first drafts, poems, and frustrated scratching. They’re also microwavable! (Well, some of them.)

Jeff Anderson - "The Project Journal" - October 18, 2015 - Author of professional books and middle grade fiction, Jeff Anderson shares how, inspired by the Darwins, he kept a project journal for ZACK DELACRUZ: ME AND MY BIG MOUTH.

Cynthia Grady - "Notebooks in My Sock Drawer" - September 23, 2015 - Librarian and author Cynthia Grady offers peeks into a few of her notebooks along with a technique for generating many ideas about one topic and an example of how she used this technique in writing I LAY MY STITCHES DOWN: POEMS ABOUT AMERICAN SLAVERY.

Michelle Haseltine - "I Am Safe and Free" - September 1, 2015 - Teacher-consultant Michelle Haseltine walks us through several of her notebooks, beginning with her childhood notebook and offers encouraging words about permission along with her "rules" for notebooking.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater - August 17, 2015 -  "Keeping a Notebook Keynote" - Blog hostess Amy shares her Summer 2015 Paramus Writing Institute keynote about the power of notebooks.

Kimberley Moran - May 16, 2015 - Teacher and writer Kimberley Moran announces the launch of TRY THIS! here at Sharing Our Notebooks by telling the story of her own notebooking life and inviting folks to share strategies for notebook keeping.  These strategies are now all catalogued HERE, or you can find them at the TRY THIS! tab atop the page.

Olga McLaren - "Grandmother Journals" - February 9, 2015 - Retired teacher and loving grandmother Olga McLaren shares the notebooks she keeps for her grandsons.  Full of photos and family history, Olga explains her reasons and methods for keeping these family books.

Penny Kittle - "My Writing Notebook is Always with Me" - November 10, 2014 - High school teacher, literacy coach, and author Penny Kittle offers a peek into her writing routine as well as her notebook and pen collection.  She also shares a link to her video "Notebook Possibilities," and a strategy for mapping before writing.

Erin Day, Peter Kane, Julia Flynn, & Sydney Mosher - "Welcome to the WNY Young Writers' Studio!" - September 22, 2014 - Four young writers between six and ten years old offer strategies for finding ideas, planning writing pieces, and discovering their own ways to learn and grow writing in their notebooks at the WNY Young Writer's Studio.  Each writer shares an exercise for readers to try.

Irene Latham - "My Life in Notebooks" - September 7, 2014 - Poet and novelist Irene Latham offers a glimpse into notebooks from her childhood through adult life.  Sharing her feelings about notebooks and keyboards, Irene invites readers to look at ways she collects ideas for projects and to try an exercise wherein art inspires art.

Shane Couch - "Addicted and Not Seeking Treatment" - July 14 2014 - Husband, father, and pastoral counselor Shane Couch shares his journey to notebooking and his participation in a cross country journal swap.  Peek at and enjoy some photographs of his notebooks, his drawings and his comic book collages.

Alex McCarron - "Journals and Index Cards" - April 7, 2014

Mary Poindexter McLaughlin - "Even Just Breath" - March 23, 2014

Jamie Palmer - "Notebooks Resource Edition #1" - March 2, 2014

Lee Ann Spillane - "Living Life Twice" - January 13, 2014

Betsy Hubbard - "Sharing My Heart on a Page" - October 10, 2013

Kimberly Kuntz - "Prayer Keeps Me Centered" - September 16, 2013

Daniel Bailey - "Unlocking the Song" - September 2, 2013

Cathy Mere - "Notebook Mayhem" - August 18, 2013

Kateri Ewing - "My Notebooks" - August 5, 2013

Linda Baie - "I Carry Them Always" - July 6, 2013

Emily Krempholtz - "I Am A Writer" - June 15, 2013

Angela Stockman - "Space for the Busyness" - March 10, 2013

Amy Zimmer Merrill - "Collage Journals" - January 4, 2013

Mary Lee Hahn - "Following an Idea" - November 29, 2012

Nina Crittenden - "Kinda Sketchy" - October 11, 2012 - Illustrator Nina Crittenden shares the different types of notebooks she uses and offers words of creativity-encouragement.  She also brings us on a journey as one sketch grows into a bigger sketch, and eventually grows into a finished illustration.

Kate Messner - "A Road Map in My Head" - October 1, 2012 - Author of picture books, chapter books, and professional books for teachers, Kate Messner tells about her "two most important notebooks" - the "holding pen" and "the work-in-progress" notebook.  In this post, she shows us a couple of notebook pages related to thinking about her book HIDE AND SEEK.  Read more about Kate's notebooks in her post for All Write! 2013.

Barry Lane - "Mining the Past for Flashes" - September 15, 2012 - Cartoonist, songwriter, author, teacher-of-teachers, and child advocate Barry Lane shares snips from his old notebooks including quotes, postcards, questions, clippings, and more.  This post includes an exercise for readers to try.

Peter Adam Salomon - "More Emory Notebooks" - August 30, 2012

Bill Michalek - "The Page is a Listener" - August 14, 2012

Alan Wright - "My Notebook is My Catcher" - August 7, 2012

Deb Lund - "You Must Write Lots of Bad Stuff" - July 19, 2012

Grace McCormick - "Where I'm Free..." - June 23, 2012

Gerard McNeil - "I Carry Two With Me" - June 1, 2012

Kami Kinard - "Notebooks for All Occasions" - May 6, 2012

Heidi Mordhorst - "A Penchant for Notebooks" - April 29, 2012

Allan Wolf - "I Wrote Obsessively on My Walls" - April 26, 2012

Suz Blackaby - "Please Pass the Napkins" - April 24, 2012

Rebecca Kai Dotlich - "Let the Pen or Marker Play" - April 19, 2012

Laura Shovan - "Several Layers of Notes" - April 14, 2012

Janet Wong - "A Fine Line Between Peace and Crazy" - April 1, 2012

Cynthia Iannaccone - "I Often Revisit Sketchbooks" - February 27, 2012

Ruth Ayers - "Fierce Wonderings" - February 19, 2012

J. Anderson Coats - "It Only Had to be Collected" - January 28, 2012

Charles Waters - "I've Got a Vat of Phrases" - December 16, 2011

Shirley Ng-Benitez - "A Yearning to Start Again" - December 1, 2011

Laura Purdie Salas - "Nite Notes & A Poetry Pot" - November 23, 2011

Charles Ghigna - "Spying on the Muse" - November 12, 2011

Mark Baldwin - "Recording What I Notice" - October 13, 2011

Jean Reidy - "A Perfect Word?  Yes." - October 11, 2011

Cynthia Leitich Smith - "It's Our World, But..." - October 6, 2011

Alix Martin - "Reflect the Life You Love - October 3, 2011-

Michelle Ray - "Usually Battling Ideas Away" - September 27, 2011 -

Luke Reynolds - "Our Notebooks Are Ours" - September 20, 2011 -

Anne Mazer - "Scrawling Notes" - September 15, 2011 -

J. Patrick Lewis - "Odd Things in My Daybook" - September 9, 2011 - Children's Poet Laureate shares a page of quotes from his daybook and a description of this place where he keeps all manner of "ideas that are good to think."

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater - "Catching Up With Old Me" - September 5, 2011 - Speaking as a writer and teacher, Amy shares the different types of entries she keeps in her notebook, from a clean front page to snips of poems and lots of blank ink.

This list will continue to grow as the blog grows, 
and I welcome you to visit regularly!
I also welcome your notebook...


  1. love it!Ms.VanDerwater you inspired me to became a poet when i am older.Your poem once and someday always rings in my head.It touched my heart because i could really relate to it.
    Amy you are an amazing poet!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you so much, you sweet mysterious commenter. I wish that I could thank you in twinkly person... xo, a.

  3. Oh, Mrs.VanDerwater,
    Thank you for inspiring me. I love to write, and I was stuck. Just reading your poems gave me the drive to keep working at my writing. Thank you so much.


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