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Writers Who Read LIVE!: Mr. Texas - Lawrence Wright

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Writers Who Read LIVE!: Mr. Texas - Lawrence Wright


June's meeting--IN PERSON at the Boulder Library Main Branch 2nd floor Flatirons Meeting Room & ONLINE (see link when you register)--is Mr. Texas by Lawrence Wright (USA, 2023) on Sunday starting at 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here.

What could be a juicier target to lampoon than the Texas statehouse? Power hungry pols, feasting on their Good Old Boy network, lick their chops when an actual working rancher, Sonny Lamb, joins their ranks. Blessed with equal parts idealism and naivete, Sonny is the creation of reporter cum author Lawrence Wright, who certainly knows his way around Texas politics. Come for the yuks, but leave with Wright's astute insights into the reasons why things are the way they are.

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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