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Hi Jannie -

I am a young teacher who is just starting my second year of teaching special education teacher.  I am thinking about writing a book based on my first year of teaching - the ups and downs - mistakes I made, etc...

However, my question is that a lot of my "funny moments" involve my kids.  What is the liability for telling stories about these students, or funny things that they say if I don't use their real names.  For example, if a students real name is Bob, but throughout the book I talk about the funny things "Steve" said do I need to obtain permission?


No, you won't have a problem.

When you refer to one of your students that said this or did that, you can simply say "one of my students" or "one of my students, I'll call "Steve"...........

That is acceptable and does not hold any liability for you as the author/teacher.

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Jannie Balliett


I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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