Writers Who Read
#13

3 November 2019

American Spy
by Lauren Wilkinson

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: Lauren Wilkinson

  • - Born in 1984
    - Studied writing at Columbia with Paul Beatty
    - Has taught at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology
    - A 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer's Fellow

  • Statue of Yennenga in Ouagadougou

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?

American Spy - Stats


Marketing: African American Historical Fiction, African American Literary Fiction
Genres: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Spy Fiction
Genre: Realistic, Recent Past, Arch-Plot Long-Form
Word count: 103,268
Print Pages: 292

Tense: 1st Person: Past
POV: Marie (addressing sons)

Publish date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Random House
Sold By: Random House
Noteable: Barak Obama's 2019 Reading List

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

December 1: The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea (USA, 2018)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
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Happy
Sleuthing!