Writers Who Read
#39

6 March 2022

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: Jean Hanff Korelitz

  • Novels (8) include:
  • - A Jury of Her Peers (1996)
  • - The Sabbathday River (1999)
  • - The White Rose (2006)
  • - Admission (2009); movie (2013)
  • - You Should Have Known (2014); The Undoing (2020) HBO adaptation
  • - The Devil and Webster (2017)
  • - The Latecomer (2022)

  • Other books
  • The Properties of Breath (1989) poetry
  • Interference Powder (2003) middle grade reader
  • The Dead, 1904 (with Paul Muldoon) (2016) immersive theater adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead"

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 Plot - Stats

  • Marketing: Heist Thrillers, Domestic Thrillers
  • Genre: Present-Day Realistic Long-Form Fiction
  • Print Pages: 317
  • Word count: 94,637; Avg. wds/sent.: 13.55
  • Reading Level: Grade 8; Lexical Density: 46.43
  • Flesch Reading Ease: 71.34

  • POV: Jake/Samantha; Person: 3rd; Tense: Past

  • Publish date: May 11, 2021
  • Publisher: Celadon Books
  • Sold By: Macmillan
  • Audio book narr.: Kirby Heyborne (10:43)

  • Praise: The Tonight Show Summer Reads Winner; A New York Times Notable Book of 2021; "Insanely Readable" - Stephen King
  • Limited Series Adaptation (Hulu): w/ Mahershala Ali

Plagiarism

Fair Use

Appropriation

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 3: The Promise - Damon Galgut (S. Africa, 2021)
May 1: Intimacies - Katie Kitamura (USA, 2021)
June 5: Crossroads - Jonathan Franzen (USA, 2021)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Remember:
Nobody else gets to live your life

And:
Anyone can be a writer!

Happy
Sleuthing!