Sister Sites

PUSHwriting has a sister site about teaching nonfiction writing and a quasi-related site of reviews of twentieth century fiction writing .

Both are owned and operated by Linda Aragoni.

A site about teaching nonfiction writing

beside slogan YOU CAN TEACH WRITING, apointing finger faces reader.
Writing competently is the main requirement for a writing teacher.

YCTWriting.com

The website YCTwriting.com is the short-form, direct descendant of you-can-teach-writing.com, the 450-page website Linda began in 2008 and operated for five years.

YCTwriting is a website for those who teach expository nonfiction writing to teens and adults, usually English teachers. The new site recognizes new realities. Many of the most experienced teachers have retired, and more retirements are on the way. The newer teachers haven’t had enough experience to know what doesn’t work.

YCTWriting tries to give teachers what’s essential for them to know in as short a time as possible. That 450-page website’s advice has been scrunched into eight sentences totaling 34 words.

A site about fiction writing

Bookshelves are background for website name, description
A few GreatPenformances bestsellers are collections of short stories rather than novels.

GreatPenformances

In the 1970s, while working as a newspaper reporter, Linda began reading and reviewing older fiction. Initially she reviewed books for her own pleasure, publishing some in a weekly paper owned by some friends.

It wasn’t until the late 1990s while freelancing for The Library Imagination Paper, a publication about how to promote libraries, that she saw the financial value of promoting old fiction to a new generation of readers: Old books don’t cost new dollars.

Sometime early in this century, she decided to systematically read and review all the bestselling fiction of 1900–1999, looking at each one in terms of its value and appeal to today’s readers.

In 2007, Linda began posting her reviews on a WordPress.com blog called  GreatPenformances , offering reviews free to libraries that wanted to use them. As of June 24, 2019, she had reviewed all but 114 of the 921 bestselling novels of the twentieth century. The GreatPenformances URL is https://greatpenformances.wordpress.com/

By continuing to post two reviews a week, Linda will have completed her challenge to read and review each of the twentieth century’s bestsellers December 22, 2020.

You can find lists of all the 20th century bestselling fiction, including links to Linda’s reviews, in three lists at GreatPenformances: Bestsellers 1900-1929, Bestsellers 1930-1969, and Bestsellers 1970-1999.

One other thing: Linda still offers her reviews free to libraries and other organizations that promote literacy.

Updated 2020-05-23