Being a Mystery Writer: My Research and Writing Process
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New December 2022! Popular mystery writer Elaine Viets describes her witing process and how being an author is a “job” that requires consistent work, learning, and application.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DWriting-18**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students react to Ms. Viets’s description of her writing process. What surprised them? How would they describe their writing process?


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.