Writers Who Read
#10

1 May 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?

“How much is being a good person or bad person tied to luck?”

“Too much luck has a bad effect on empathy.”
- Tana French

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

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

The Witch Elm - Stats

  • Marketing: Murder Thrillers, Suspense Thrillers, Literary Fiction
  • Marketing (UK): Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Thrillers
  • Genre: Realistic, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 220,351
  • Print Pages: 528

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: First Person: Toby

  • Publish date: October 9, 2018
  • Publisher: Viking, Penguin/Random House
  • Awards: New York Times Notable Book of 2018

    Dublin Murder Squad Series

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

September 8: Newcomer - Keigo Higashino
(Japan, trans. 2018 by Giles Murray)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Beware of Tsundoku!

(n.) buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands

Happy
Sleuthing!