See This Story Grow
Listen and watch as the beginning of Because of Winn-Dixie takes shape!

Almost every author writes different drafts, or versions, of a story in order to get it just right. Here you can see and hear exactly how author Kate DiCamillo changes the beginning of her story over the course of five drafts. Read what Ms. DiCamillo has to say about her progress at each stage.

To read Kate DiCamillo's notes, download her drafts onto your computer (PDF).

To hear Kate DiCamillo's comments, click the first draft below.

First Draft
Second Draft
Third Draft
Fourth Draft
Final Draft
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