Writers Who Read
#8

4 March 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?

  • Introducing
    Rachel Cusk:

    8 novels

    Saving Agnes (1993)
    The Temporary (1995)
    The Country Life (1997)
    The Lucky Ones (2003)
    In the Fold (2005)
    Arlington Park (2006)
    The Bradshaw Variations (2009)

    2002

    A Life's Work:
    On Becoming a Mother

  •   
  •   
  • 2009

    The Last Supper:
    A Summer in Italy

     

    2012

    Aftermath:
    On Marriage
    and
    Separation

     

    . . 3 years . .

“If you want people to like you, don't write.”
- Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk on auto-fiction:

"The idea of fiction or non-fiction to me has become so meaningless, saying, is this ‘true’?
I’m surprised people care. I definitely don’t.”

“I don't think character exists anymore.”
- Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk on Outline Trilogy

“The form of these novels is sort of a novel turned inside out, like you can turn a jumper inside out”

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
  • Cologne, Germany

    Hotel Im Wasserturm

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Igreja de São Domingo

Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist by Artemisia Gentileschi ca. 1610-1615

Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist by Artemisia Gentileschi ca. 1610-1615

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Female Persuasion - Stats

  • Marketing: Literary
  • Genre: Realistic, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 60,981
  • Print Pages: 240

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: 1st person (Faye)

  • Publish date: June 5, 2018
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Trilogy: Outline (2015), Transit (2017), Kudos (2018)
  • Awards: New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018
  • Rachel Cusk @ Lighthouse Denver Lit Fest, June 10-14

Arch Plot Structure

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

April 3: There There - Tommy Orange (USA, 2018)


*** GEEK ALERT ***

Gary will present Literary Data Science @ Analyze Boulder Meetup
This Wednesday, 6pm @ Galvanize Boulder (1023 Walnut)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!