Writers Who Read
#29

7 March 2021

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: Charles Yu

  • Short Stories
  • Problems for Self-Study, Third Class Superhero

  • Previous Novel
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (2010)

  • TV writing
  • HBO's Westworld (1st season)

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

2nd Person Present Tense:

CAVEAT SCRIPTOR
. . . very, very few authors have succeeded

Honorable Mentions

Frames of Reference

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Interior Chinatown - Stats

  • Marketing: Historical Chinese Fiction, Historical Fantasy Fiction, Historical Asian Fiction
  • Genre: Fantasy Present-Day Arch-Plot Screenplay-Form
  • Word count: 39,662
  • Print Pages: 289
  • Reading Level: 7th grade

  • POV: 2nd Person, Present !!!

  • Publish date: January 28, 2020
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Random House
  • Audio book narration: Joel de la Fuente

  • Prizes: 2020 National Book Award - Fiction
  • NYT Best-seller
  •  

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 4: Apeirogon - Colum McCann (Ireland, 2020)
May 2: The Lying Life of Adults - Elena Ferrante
(Italy, trans. 2020 by Ann Goldstein)
June 6: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (USA, 2020)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!