one volunteer pretend that he or
she is the
author of a story or book that a reading group has just finished.
class members can be literary
critics who question the author
various aspects of the work.
questions include "Why did you
"Did you consider any other ending for your story?"
"Did you ever know anyone like the main character?"
"Why did you choose that setting?"
"What part of the story was the most fun to write?"
"Who was your own favorite character?"
the question and answer session,
give the author their own assessments of the story.
explain how they felt while reading it, citing parts they enjoyed or
can relate how the author's style enhanced or weakened the plot and
activity can be an informal, spur-of-the-moment experience or planned
can jot down their questions beforehand and the"pretend" author can
research the real author's life and other works in case some questions
involve those areas.
an upbeat ending, the "author" can autograph each critic's question