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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Apeirogon by Colum McCann


April's book is Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Ireland; 2020) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.

Rami Elhanan, a real-life Israeli father, and Bassam Aramin, a real-life Palestinian father, both lost children to bombs and bullets in the never-ending West Bank conflict. Irish author Colum McCann appropriates Scheherazade's nifty trick to tell their stories: that of two fathers on opposite sides of a war who become friends and who now inspire other Combatants for Peace to do the same. The characters are real; the events are mostly real; but the real artifice is in those 1001 shards. Magical.

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:

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