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A Model for Creative Writers
"Readers Responding Creative Writing and YA Literature" English Journal
This article explores ways in which creative writers can craft better, more engaging Young Adult fiction. The author proposes the use of the YA short story collection Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults, edited by Donald Gallo, featuring Cormier's "In the Heat", featured below, as the ideal teaching tool for YA creative writing, since it presents a broad, high-quality survey of the genre. The author calls Cormier's piece "the most sophisticated of the stories." Nilsen also draws attention to Cormier's use of metaphors for both somber and playful effects.
"In the Heat" in Sixteen Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults
In this YA short story, "In the Heat", from the collection Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults, edited by Donald Gallo, the narrator and his 15-year-old son, Richy, go to his wife's funeral. The narrator struggles to cope with his wife's death, especially unexpected reminders of her. While driving to and from the funeral, the narrator also recounts memories of his parents and, at the end, feels the need to revisit his childhood neighborhood. Richy copes rather well to his mother's death and shares with his father how he remembers his mother, not in the hospital or the coffin, but lying in the sun and dancing with his father.
Using Mentor Texts to Learn from the Best and Improve Student's Writing. In this article by Sean Thompson and Deborah K. Reed, in The Iowa Reading Research Center (2019 Jan. 22) the authors argue for the use of mentor texts as a developmentally appropriate and time-honored way to develop a craft of writing.
The Making of an Artist. In this article by the Italian Renaissance Learning Resources (n.d.), the authors, in "Training and Practice," discuss ways in which students acquired levels of proficiency in painting and sculpture, through copying the works of the masters.