Writers Who Read
#34

3 October 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: Maggie O'Farrell


  • Born: N. Ireland; Educated: Cambridge; Lives: Edinburgh,
    with novelist husband William Sutcliffe & their 3 children

  • First aware of Hamnet through her high school English teacher, Mr. Henderson

  • Started writing Hamnet ten years ago; procrastinated by writing two novels and a memoir
  • - Instructions for a Heatwave (2013)
  • - This Must Be the Place (2016)
  • - I Am, I Am, I Am (memoir, 2017)

  • Couldn't write death scene until her son was 12 years old. Written in a garden shed.

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?

Hamnet - Stats

  • Marketing: Historical Literary Fiction, Romance Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Historical Archplot Long-Form
  • Print Pages: 320
  • Word count: 108,033; Avg. wds/sent.: 13.96
  • Reading Level: Grade 7; Lexical Density: 43.45
  • Flesch Reading Ease: 79.73

  • POV: Multiple

  • Publish date: July 21, 2020
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Audio book narr.: Ell Potter (12 hrs 42 mins)

  • Awards: 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award; 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Recognition: A Best Book of 2020: NY Times

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 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!