Writers Who Read
#17

1 March 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?

Today's author: Laura Lippman


  • Former Baltimore Sun reporter

  • Daughter of a Baltimore Sun writer
    and a Baltimore Public school librarian

  • Author of 23 novels and 2 short story collections

  • Awards: has won the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Nero, Gumshoe and Shamus

  • Husband David Simon is a former reporter at the Baltimore Sun and creator of The Wire
  • Det. 'Bunk' Moreland - The Wire
  •  

“Everything is factual except for what isn’t.”
- Laura Lippman





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?

Lady in the Lake - Stats

  • Marketing: Historical Mysteries, Ghost Suspense
  • Genre: Realistic, 1960s, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 91,303
  • Print Pages: 352
  • Reading Level: 7th grade

  • POVs: Maddie (3rd person; past)
  • Cleo and 18 others: (1st person; present)

  • Publish date: July 23, 2019
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Sold By: Harper Collins
  • Awards previously won: Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Nero, Gumshoe, Macavity, Shamus, and Strand

  • Bawlmer, Baldamore (Baltimore)
  • Inspired by:
  • Helen Bentley – Maritime Reporter, Baltimore Sun

  • And two 1969 murders:
  • - 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz
  • (d. 1969) – Murdered in basement of aquarium pet store; sand was the clue to solving the crime

  • - Shirley Lee Widgeon Parker, a beautiful barmaid and former Urban League secretary
  • (d. April, 1969) – Found in Park’s Lake Fountain

  • Background
  • - Baltimore Sun
  • - Baltimore African-American

Also Inspired by:
Marjorie Morningstar
by Herman Wouk

 

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

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
Sleuthing!