Writers Who Read
#43

2 October 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?

Meet today's author: Lauren Groff



  • Education: Bachelors: Amherst College; MFA: University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • 2017 Granta Magazine a Best Young American Novelist
  • 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction

  • 4 Novels: The Monsters of Templeton (2008), Arcadia (2012), Fates and Furies (2015)

  • 2 Short Story Collections: Delicate Edible Birds (2009), Florida (2018)



  • Lauren Groff reads 300 books per year

“Reading is also writing. Reading with intention—with attention, with love, and with a seeking nature—is as important to writing as actually putting the words down too.”
- Lauren Groff

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?

Matrix - Stats & Background

  • Marketing: Medieval Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Literature & Fiction
  • Genre: Historical Archplot Longform
  • Print Pages: 272; Word count: 76,213
  • Reading Grade: 10th; Avg. wds/sent.: 20.7
  • Lexical Density: 46.81; Flesch Reading Ease: 69.08

  • POV: Marie de France; Person: 3rd; Tense: Present

  • Publish date: September 7, 2021
  • Paperback: September 6, 2022
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin | Random House | Bertelsmann
  • Audio book narr.: Adjoa Andoh (8 hours 51 minutes)
  • Prizes: 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize; Finalist 2021 National Book Award
  • Writing Matrix
  • Inspired by 1) the movie The Women (George Cukor, 1939), which fails the Bechdel Test
  • 2) Dr. Katie Bugyis lecture @ Notre Dame's Medieval Institute
  • 3) Marie de France

  • Groff wrote 8 complete throwout, restart drafts

  • Matrix Threads
  • - Feminine Power
  • - Female Mystics
  • - Utopias
  • - Labyrinths (structure came later)
  • - Connecticut Abbey
  • - Climate Change (metaphor of re-surfacing buildings)
  • - Female artists

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 6: When We Cease to Understand the World - Benjamin Labatut, trans. Adrian Nathan West (Spain, 2021)
December 4: The Netanyahus - Joshua Cohen (USA, 2022)
January 8: TBD - Note the date
February 5: TBD
March 5: TBD
April 2: TBD
May 7: TBD
June 4: TBD


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!