Writers Who Read
#22

2 August 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: Nell Freudenberger

  • The It Girl of 2003 - bidding war for 1st novel, The Dissident
  • She ended up declining a $500,000 two-book deal for $100,000 from Ecco Press.

  • - - Pantster - -

  • Lost and Wanted -- sold in 2013
  • Threw away entire draft (protagonist was a writer)
  • Turned Helen into a Physicist after 2+ years of research
  • Finished 2018; Published in 2019

  • "It's always worked better when an idea seems like something that I couldn't do."
    - Freudenberger on writing as a physicist
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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?

Lost and Wanted - Stats

  • Marketing: Friendship Fiction, Ghost Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Modern-Day Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 112,242
  • Print Pages: 316
  • Reading Level: 7th grade

  • POV: Helen

  • Publish date: April 2, 2019
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Sold By: Random House (mass market)
  • Audio book narrated by: Narrated By: Ann Marie Lee

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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

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!