Writers Who Read
#12

6 October 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?

Today's author: Gail Honeyman

  • Born: Stirling, Scotland

  • Read French Literature @ Glasgow University

  • Decided at 40 to become a writer
  • Took FaberAcademy.co.uk - online writing course

  • Read newspaper article about lonliness among young adults

  • Entered first 3 chapters into Cambridge U. Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize contest
  • Didn't win, but one of the judges became her agent

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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

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Eleanor Oliphant - Stats

  • Marketing: Comedic Dramas & Plays, Women's Friendship Fiction, Single Women Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic, Present-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 109,091
  • Print Pages: 336

  • Tense: Past
  • POV: 1st Person (Eleanor)

  • Publish date: May 7, 2017
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Paperback: Penguin
  • Appropriated By: Reese's Book Club
  • Awards: 2017 Costa Debut Novel Award
    2018 British Book Awards: Book of the Year
    2018 US Audie Award for Fiction
  • Best-Seller: Still in The New York Times Top 10 (paperback trade)

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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

November 3: American Spy - Lauren Wilkinson (USA, 2019)
December 1: The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea (USA, 2018)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!