Scholastic has many great resources for students and teachers. One that I have been exploring a bit more lately are the author interviews. There are many great authors to choose from. They discuss everything from the writing process, their childhood, and what has motivated them as authors. The interviews are broken down by question. So, as the teacher you can choose to show the entire interview or focus on specifics topics the author talked about (Which is great because as we all know students cannot focus on a video for more than a few minutes).
If you are currently, or in the near future, a Writer's Workshop teacher these interviews lend themselves well. The ability to match your unit with an author can be a powerful way to kick off student writing.
Below is a screenshot of Gordon Korman.