“Let’s face it: most textbooks are a snoozefest. But “The Radical Write” not only features great student writing, but fun, insightful and inspiring narration from Bobby. One of the toughest things for a teacher to get across to high school students is to develop and trust in their own “voices” as writers. It’s just a little bit easier when you can provide those students with a book written with Bobby’s strong, intriguing voice. I don’t want some wimpy, namby-pamby “just do your best, honey” kind of text for my students. I want them challenged to do their very best, to see that high school students can write with skill and passion, without any “Well, that’s pretty good for a kid” nonsense. This text never apologizes. To not have copies of “The Radical Write” in your classroom is just willful ignorance, and you seem like a smart teacher. Buy the damn book.”
— Jack Kennedy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
“Like its author, Radical Write is casual, contemporary and grounded toward an ardent story telling mission. The insightful book features low-key, humor-flavored, anecdotal discussion linked to pertinent, student-generated examples, which combine to provide an insightful formula that engages student writers. Indeed, kids love it. Particularly the discussion of interpretive reporting — something not found in many texts — resonates well with the news magazine staffs of Spark.”
— Dean Hume, Spark Adviser, Lakota East High School, Lakota, OH
"Warning: Reading the Radical Write could cause a wholesale disruption of all that you hold dear in traditional journalism. It will result in abandonment of the inverted pyramid, inane “Imagine…” leads, month-old news summaries and other outdated practices of scholastic journalism. Side-effects include laughter at Bobby’s humorous voice, amazement at his many great examples and a dedication to narrative journalism – that is, telling actual stories about real people."
— Jim Woehrle, Newspaper Adviser, Midland High School, Midland, MI
“I started using Bobby Hawthorne’s Radical Write shortly after the first edition was published in 1994. Finally, a journalistic writing textbook that recognized the increasingly-changing world of how news consumers absorbed information. Hawthorne’s book was radical insofar that it looked at the function of modern scholastic journalism, veering away from trite inverted-pyramid coverage and over emphasis on data, and focused on the essence of good story telling, namely people! If I could have only one textbook to satisfy all of my writing needs, the Radical Write is clearly head-and-shoulders above the rest.”
— Tom Pilcher, Media Adviser, Hoover High School, Des Moines, Iowa
I can’t imagine a high school journalism room operating without The Radical Write. Unlike other textbooks, this book not only helpful and insightful, it’s a fun read. I never have to worry about my students’ eyes glazing over when we read this book. The format is perfect for this generation of scan readers.
— Carol Richtsmeier, Publications Adviser, Midlothian High School, Midlothian, TX