Writers Who Read
#1

1 August 2018

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I want to learn?

  • Next Month's Reading & Study


Why We're Here

We Writers want to improve our craft

by Reading like a Writer

through Literary Forensics training

we learn from each other

Roundtable Rules

Always refer back to the book

We practice active listening & serendipity

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but not every conclusion

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Angie Thomas

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Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I feel?

What in the book elicited that feeling?

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but every conclusion should be questioned

We practice serendipity
- nothing is too crazy

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect
  • Word

  • Sentence

  • Paragraph

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

The Hate U Give - Stats

  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Realistic Present-Day, Archplot, Long-Form Drama
  • Word count: 113,815
  • Print Pages: 447
  • Tense: Present
  • POV: First Person Singular (Starr)

  • Publish date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Seller: HarperCollins Publishers
  • NYT best-seller: 73 weeks
  • Units sold: 500,000+
  • Collector's Edition: August 4, 2018
  • Movie Release: October 8, 2018
  • 7 possible Plot Types:
    • Overcoming the Monster
    • Rags to Riches
    • The Quest
    • Voyage and Return
    • Comedy
    • Tragedy
    • Rebirth

  • 4 possible Story Types:
    • Milieu
    • Idea
    • Character
    • Event

Word Cloud

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

September 5: Less - Andrew Sean Greer (USA, 2017)
October 3: Mrs. Fletcher - Tom Perotta (USA, 2017)
November 7: Origin - Dan Brown (USA, 2017)
?? 2019 ??




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!