Monday, April 02, 2012

A Critique Of Lucy Calkins' Methods--But Not By Me

I'm going to be skimming Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions by Lucy Calkins, since the student writers' workshop I'll be taking part in was designed around it. I have heard of Calkins, but before I started my read, I did a little Internet snooping to find out more.

Of course, I came upon a not entirely favorable critique of Calkins and her methods, because I'm Gail. I'm always going to find the fly in the ointment. It's not my fault. This stuff just comes to me. I'm a complaint magnet.

What is incredibly interesting about the critique in question, The Lucy Calkins Project, and the reason I'm writing about it here, is that it was written by Barbara Feinberg.  Barbara Feinberg also wrote Welcome to Lizard Motel, a critique of YA problem books. I didn't recognize her name under the title of the article, but there was something about the writing style that was familiar to me, even after seven years, and I was beginning to think of Lizard Motel by the time I got to the author note at the end.

I did a readers' journal of my reading of Welcome to Lizard Motel here at OC, beginning at the end of April, 2005. Missed it?

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