Friday, February 18, 2011

Respect for Matt Christopher again

In her lecture at the winter residency, Jane Kurtz (one of my faculty members at VCFA) explained to the audience that the notion of surprise and originality needs to be considered from the perspective of the reader.

She said that while adults, especially writing students and faculty and those in the publishing world, will think that an idea is too “predictable,” a young reader may find that idea to be completely fresh and relatable to his or her own experiences.

Sports author Matt Christopher does an exceptional job of creating stories that are entertaining, but also have a clear, easy to relate to problem that the protagonist must go through in order to grow as a character.

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