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The Writing Class – Real Answers

May 15, 2016

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John and his dog, Spanky, review books, movies, DVDs, etc.

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The Writing Class by Jincy Willett

JOHN: I can’t believe this book. As someone who has taught writing workshops for twenty years I would never attempt to portray one. Who would be interested? Not only are the bits of student writing revealing, but the writer shows a brilliance in presenting her course I can only wish I had had.

SPANKY: I’d eliminate the “had had/” But the book progresses beyond the classroom. Someone writes devastating criticism and threatens the safety of students so they meet ouside of the classroom at various homes and in the end someone brings in a “murder” play with fictional characters based on the real participants.

JOHN: Not only are there a dozen participating characters but now there are an additional twelve stereotypes.

SPANKY: But who is the guilty one? We don’t find out until the very end. Meanwhile, tha author showcases what it means to be a writer.

JOHN: As if those attending want the answer to this. Even those reading the mystery want to think it is magic, not explainable.

SPANKY: For book readers who are not afraid to find real answers, this is the place. And I especially liked the last two chapters where the dog transitions the plot from the intellectualizations of the class to the real threat posed by the “sniper.”

JOHN: 5 out of 5_edited-1

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