As teachers, we want our students to see themselves as problem solvers, critical thinkers, engineers, and, in the words of Katie Wood Ray, people who “make stuff”. The thoughts of published creative thinkers (authors, inventors, engineers, etc.) can serve as a jumping point for writing instruction in both mini-lessons and individual conferences. By referring to these creative thinkers as everyday, “normal” people, we encourage students to go out on a limb and take some chances with their own work. These mini-lessons and posters are sure to take your reading and writing workshop instruction to STEM-tastic new heights!