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Writers Who Read: Matrix by Lauren Groff

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Writers Who Read: Matrix by Lauren Groff


October's meeting IN PERSON at the Louisville CO Public Library 2nd floor Board Room & ONLINE (see link when you register) is Matrix, by Lauren Groff (USA, 2021) - Sunday, 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here:



Based on the true story of seventeen-year-old Marie de France, who was banished from Eleanor of Aquitaine's court and sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey. She wrote down her divine visions as poetry, none of which survives. Winner of the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates prize.

We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within the past 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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