April's book is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (2019)
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library.
Fleishman is free! Separated now and able to hook up with anyone he chooses, at any time of the day or night. Fleishman is not free! His estranged wife has disappeared and now he's taking care of the kids every day, not just on the weekends. Fleishman is oblivious to his faults! Fleishman must face his faults! Who is Fleishman? Who is Libby, and what does she know about Fleishman or his marriage? Sharp gonzo prose written by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a "Michelangelo of magazine profiles."
Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Tense, Argot, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
How does 'literary forensics' work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/