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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Red Pill by Hari Kunzru

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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Red Pill by Hari Kunzru

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February's book is Red Pill by Hari Kunzru (England; 2020) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.

Alluding to Neo's choice in The Matrix, Kunzru's unnamed protagonist has chosen the Blue Pill of liberal democracy, and he lives a comfortable life as a Romantic scholar with his wife and child. But what happens when he lands a fellowship in Berlin, in a place without privacy, and he sees the underside of everything upon which he has based his life? The Red Pill awaits for us all to swallow--a proposition so unlikely and so absurd that the rest of the world thinks him mad, until...

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/

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