PUSHwriting has two sister web sites about teaching and using nonfiction writing and a third quasi-related site about twentieth century fiction writing so much older than the other two that it stands out like a maiden aunt.
All three are owned and operated by Linda Aragoni.
Two sites about nonfiction writing
The website YCTwriting.com is the shortform, 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.
PenPrompts.com is a site for teachers of required courses grades 8 through 12 and of general education requirements at the post-secondary level.
Many of these people are very concerned about how poorly students write, but few have the skills to help students improve their writing. PenPrompts attempts to help them by showing them how to craft writing prompts that not only require students to do expository nonfiction writing, but also help students improve their writing skills as they writing about course content.
PenPrompts teaches and encourages use of both informal and formal writing prompts regularly.
One site about fiction writing
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.