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November's book is Weather by Jenny Offill (2020) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.
Like hundreds of Zen koans, this bite-sized novel by Jenny Offill unfolds through thought-provoking snippets. You could consume it in three hours, but why rush? Better to linger over Lizzie's found wisdom and sharp observations during these trying times of simultaneously-collapsing climate, government, and society. Maybe it's best to begin here: https://obligatorynoteofhope.com and ground yourself before you dive into Lizzie's catharsis. How did she learn so much about surviving the end times? She's a librarian. Of course.
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/