How do we invest students in not just reading, but the creative writing process? Students of Grade 5/CM2 found that exploring literature as a way to express themselves was interesting and fun as readers. Mountains of wonderful and diverse mentor texts aided the process, and students began to make insightful connections. But creative writing was a bit more difficult to grasp. To make writing a more tangible goal, we were grateful for the help of four people who make writing a part of their lives. Authors Najla Bashour, Diana Bissat, and our own Sana Harakeh talked about their inspirations and their love of the writing process. Majd Shidiac inspired students with a performance of his own spoken-word poetry.