Writers Who Read
#16

2 February 2020

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?

 

“It’s a novel about how we tell our story, and who else might be trying to tell our story, since our story is usually entangled with somebody else’s . . . ”
- Susan Choi

 

“. . . I wanted the characters to be in a place that isn't a cultural capital . . .
They're always yearning for
and aspiring to go
where the bright lights are.”
- Susan Choi

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?

Trust Exercise - Stats

  • Marketing: Contemporary Literary Fiction, Romance Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic, Present Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 92,492
  • Print Pages: 262
  • Reading Level: 8th-9th grade

  • POV:
    • Part 1 (Sarah): 3rd Person Omniscient
    • Part 2 (Karen): 1st Person; 3rd Person Close ("Karen")
    • Part 3: 3rd Person Close (Claire)

  • Publish date: April 9, 2019
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Sold By: Macmillan
  • Awards: 2019 National Book Award For Fiction

  • Named a Best Book of 2019 by: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Elle, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Bustle, Refinery29, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, The Millions, TIME

  • Barak Obama's 2019 Book List

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

March 1: The Lady In The Lake (USA, 2019) - Laura Lippman
April 5: Fleishman Is In Trouble (USA, 2019) - Taffy Brodesser-Akner
May 3: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
(Poland, 2009, translated 2019 by Antonia Lloyd-Jones) - Olga Tokarczuk
June 7: Agent Running in the Field (England, 2019) - John le Carré


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Deconstructing!