Writers Who Read
#20

7 June 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?

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Today's author:
David John Cornwell


  • MI-5 agent (1958-1960)
    MI-6 agent (1960-1964)
  • First novel published in 1961
    Has written 25 novels
    -- 10 became movies
    -- 6 TV adaptations

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?

Agent Running in the Field - Stats


  • Marketing: International Mystery & Crime, Espionage Thrillers
  • Genre: Realistic, Modern-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 84,982
  • Print Pages: 288
  • Reading Level: 7th-8th grade

  • POV: Nat
  • Tense: Present

  • Publish date: October 22, 2019
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Sold By: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

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

July 5: Bangkok Wakes to Rain (USA, 2019) - Pitchaya Sudbanthad
August 2: Lost and Wanted (USA, 2019) - Nell Freudenberger
September 6: Olive, Again (USA, 2019) - Elizabeth Strout
October 4: The Testaments (Canada, 2019) - Margaret Atwood
November 1: Weather (USA, 2020) - Jenny Offill
December 6: The Nickel Boys (USA, 2019) - Colson Whitehead


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!