Writers Who Read
#21

5 July 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?

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

Why was this book written?

Who is the protagonist?

Do you believe in spirits?

What's up with the color blue?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Bangkok Wakes to Rain - Stats

  • Marketing: Historical Asian Fiction, Asian American Literature & Fiction
  • Genre: Magical-Realistic, Historical / Modern-Day / Future, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 100,680
  • Print Pages: 368
  • Reading Level: 8th grade
  • POV: Multiple
  • Tense: past; 3rd person singular
    past; 3rd person plural (Outpour, Uprising, Netherworld)

  • Publish date: February 19, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Audio book narrator: Euan Morton


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A short, incomplete history of Thailand

  • 1238-1438: Sukhothai Kingdom
    Thai alphabet created

  • 1351-1767: Ayutthaya Kingdom
    Theravada Buddhism made official religion

  • 1782-1932: Rattanakosin (Krungthep) Kingdom
    กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตน์ราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
    1850s: Third Cholera Pandemic
    1851-1868: Rama IV: King Mongkut (Anna and the King)
    1855: Bowring Trade Treaty

  • 1932-present: Constitutional Monarchy / Military Rule
    Military Coups: 13 successful, 9 unsuccessful

  • 14 Oct 1973: Pro-democracy demonstrations: 77 dead
  • 6 Oct 1976: Thammasat University massacre: 100+ dead
  • 18 May 1992 (Bloody May): 200,000 protestors; 56 dead

  • 1997: Asian financial crisis

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

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!