Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the upcoming books What He's Poised to Do: Stories and Celebrity Chekhov, has just launched a very clever and fun blog named Letters with Character: Letters Written to Fictional Characters by Actual People. It is an interactive literary environment in which Greenman encourages people to submit letters to their favorite literary characters. In essence it is also a wonderful and fun learning tool—a perfectly engaging creative writing prompt for your students. Student's letters to a fictional character can be funny, sad, demanding, fanciful, declarative, or trivial. They can be about a novel, a short story, or a children’s book, works both literary or popular. There is only one requirement: the letters must be written by a real person and must also address an unreal one.
The best, most interesting, strangest, and most moving letters will be collected on the blog. Visit the site to see a selection of those that have already been written, including a critique of Shakespeare's Goneril, a moving consideration of middle age addressed to a García Márquez heroine, and a hilarious query to Richard Scarry's Lowly Worm.
Students may submit their letters to fictional characters to LettersWithCharacter@gmail.com.