Writers Who Read
#24

4 October 2020

The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood

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: Margaret Atwood

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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?

The Testaments - Stats

  • Marketing: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Dystopian Science Fiction, Political Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Future Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 109,131
  • Print Pages: 381
  • Reading Level: 7th grade

  • POV: Aunt Lydia, 369A, 369B, Symposium secretary

  • Publish date: September 10, 2019
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday
  • Sold By: Penguin / Random House
  • Audio book actors: Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia on TV), Bryce Dallas Howard (Witness 369A), Mae Whitman (Witness 369B), Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, Margaret Atwood

  • Prizes: 2019 Booker Prize

Sentiment Analysis - 3 POVs Extracted

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

November 1: Weather (USA, 2020) - Jenny Offill
December 6: The Nickel Boys (USA, 2019) - Colson Whitehead




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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Happy
Sleuthing!