Question: Is it a good idea to assign students to write letters to authors?
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of Literature and the Teaching of Writing.” DJ Dieterich and RH Behm. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1984), 201-218.
Summary: When used as a group assignment, writing letters to authors produces poor letters containing literal level responses and simplistic evaluations. RT Rapport, 1983, 205.