GET HEARD! How to Empower Your Voice through Better Writing is a middle grade, how-to book proposed by Amy and her daughter, Sam, a sophomore in college. Get Heard! gives young activists and writers the tools and mindset they need to express their passions and lift their voices.

Over the last decades, students have heard all about how important STEM education is. Rarely are they told that writing well is an essential skill that may open up new avenues of interest, improve their mental health, and help them adapt to the ever-changing needs of the job market. Additionally, there’s a huge disconnect between what students perceive as strong writing and actual, strong writing. Students are often taught a dry, academic writing style that is rarely effective—or desired—in the real world.

This book will bridge that gap. Get Heard! will help students take ownership of their writing by first understanding how a writer’s brain works. Our approach encourages students to reflect on how they think best and to develop practical writing habits that work for them. Students tend to make the same mistakes over and over. The good news: if young writers learn to avoid these common mistakes, their writing will improve immediately and dramatically.

As a mother-daughter, writer-student team, we’ll provide multiple perspectives and intergenerational ideas. Our no-nonsense approach will de-mystify the writing process.

To inspire and empower young writers, Get Heard! will include sidebars with quotations and anecdotes from teens around the world who have dared and accomplished amazing things. We will interview these young activists and show how their mastery over words—whether in social media, speeches, and other writing—helps their voices and stories to be heard.

Amy and Sam White at The March For Our Lives in Washington D.C.

Amy and Sam White at The March For Our Lives in Washington D.C.


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Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
— Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist
Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
— Ben Okri, Novelist