Writers Who Read
#33

5 September 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: Douglas Stuart


  • Born and raised in Glasgow

  • After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London,
    he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design

  • His writing has appeared in the New Yorker and on LitHub

  • Shuggie Bain is Stuart's first novel

  • Writing teleplay for Shuggie
  • Second novel, Young Mungo will be published in 2022

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?

Shuggie Bain - Stats

  • Marketing: Coming of Age Fiction, Family Life Fiction, Literary Fiction, TV Movie & Game Tie-In Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Recent-Past Archplot Long-Form
  • Word count: 155,280; avg. wds/sent.: 12.48
  • Print Pages: 448
  • Reading Level: Grade 7; Lexical Density: 49.01

  • POV: multiple

  • Publish date: February 11, 2020
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Sold By: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
  • Audio book narr.: Angus King (17 hrs, 30 mins)

  • Awards: 2020 Booker Prize; Finalist, 2020 National Book Award
  • Recognition: A Best Book of 2020: NY Times
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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

October 3: Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell (UK, 2020)
November 7: Inside Story - Martin Amis (UK, 2020)
December 5: Deacon King Kong - James McBride (USA, 2020)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!