Writers Who Read
#2

5 September 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?

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?

Less - Stats

  • Marketing: Literary, Satire, Humorous, Gay Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Present-Day, Archplot, Long-Form Comedy
  • Word count: 72,697
  • Print Pages: 273
  • Tense: Present
  • POV: Narrator: 1st & 3rd

  • Publish date: July 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Lee Boudreaux Books
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
  • Seller: Hachette Book Group
  • Awards: Pulitzer Prize 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

Ulysses (Odysseus the Cunning) - Homer

  • King of Ithaca
  • Father: Laërtes (or maybe bought from Sisyphus)
  • Grandfather: Hermes
  • Wife: Penelope
  • Son: Telemachus

  • 1. Tries to avoid the Trojan War
  • - Feigning madness: yokes an ox & ass behind a plow
  • - Sanity revealed when he avoids killing his son

  • 2. 20-year Odyssey
  • - Trojan War: 10 years
  • - Trying to get home: 10 years
  • - Kalypso captivates him for 7 years
  • - Avoids Sirens' song, navigates between Scylla and Charybdis
  • - Fools Cyclops, pretending his name is 'Nobody'
  • - Hermes gives Ulysses drug 'Moly' to counteract Circe's magic

  • 3. Upon return:
  • - Not recognizable at first: known only by his dog, Argos
  • - Then the housekeeper recognizes him by scar on foot
  • - Bends the bow of Apollo, knows wife's bed's construction

Ulysses - James Joyce (1922)

  • Leopold Bloom wanders around Dublin in a single day, June 16, 1904

  • - Stephen Dedalus = Telemachus = James Joyce
  • - Leopold Bloom = Ulysses
  • - Molly Bloom (Marion Tweedy) = Penelope
  • - Molly's lover: Blazes Boylan






  • In 3 Parts
  • - Telemachia (Episodes 1-3)
  • - Odyssey (Episodes 4-15)
  • - Nostos (Episodes 16-18)

The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata (1962)

  • Twin sisters Chieko and Naeko, separated at birth
  • Themes: old versus new/young, the souring illusions of love

Guliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (1726)

  • Voyage to Lilliput (midgets); Voyage to Brobdingnag (giants)
  • Brobdingnag is 6,000 wide; sits between Japan and California

Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne (1873)

  • Englishman Phileas Fogg and French valet, Passepartout, vie for £20,000 prize
  • Misses by a day, but Aouda wants to marry penniless Fogg anyway, for love
  • Because of International Dateline, they recover a day and win the prize

Contour Map - Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours

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

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
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Happy
Sleuthing!