Writers Who Read
#6

2 January 2019

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?

“Migration is a basic condition of humanity”
- Mohsin Hamid

 

“The book is really a novel about losing things; about breakups . . . with places, with people, and eventually our own lives.”
- Mohsin Hamid

CHAPTER 3

"Nadia and Saeed were, back then, always in possession of their phones. In their phones were antennas, and these antennas sniffed out an invisible world, as if by magic, a world that was all around them, and also nowhere, transporting them to places distant and near, and to places that had never been and would never be."

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

Annotated by Mohsin Hamid

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Exit West - Stats

  • Marketing: Migrant Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Political, Cultural Heritage
  • Genre: Magical-Realism, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 47,297
  • Print Pages: 226

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: 3rd Person Omniscient

  • Publish date: March 7, 2017
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold by: Penguin Group

  • Prizes: Man Booker Finalist
  • Best of 2017: New York Times Best 10 Books, San Fran Chronicle, People, Entertainment, GQ, Time, O, LA Times




  • Study Sources

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: Next Up

The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer (USA, 2018)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!