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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

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WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante


May's book is The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Italy; translated 2020 by Ann Goldstein) - Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.

Few writers can get inside the head of an adolescent girl like Elena Ferrante can. Fewer still can eloquently express the rage of being a woman, especially being a young woman in 1990s Naples. When Giovanna overhears her father disparaging her appearance, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her parents, her extended family, and her entire world. A powerful coming-of-age novel written by an author whose own mysterious existence colors her every sentence.

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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