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October's book is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (2019) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.
A beloved classic novel; then a wildly successful television series based on that novel; and now a sequel to the original novel that takes everything into account. Did Margaret Atwood avoid the George R R Martin / Game of Thrones conundrum, where the TV show (has to date) outstripped the novelist's ability to bind it all together? Read Atwood's 2019 Booker Prize-winning sequel to The Handmaid's Tale and find out for yourself. Spoiler Alert: of course she did. Blessed be the fruit, motherf**kers!
We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for 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
- Language, Tense, 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 entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/