In February, we’re going to look at setting in Tara Ison’s novel “Rockaway.” We’ll look at whether and how the location and setting compliments or contrasts the story’s plot and creates the mood of the book. What details paint the atmosphere? In providing a home for the story to unfold, does the setting itself almost […]
writers book club
Jason Mott’s “The Returned” has been praised for it’s simple, elegant prose. A great story idea told in elegant prose is worth the read. And if it’s worth the read then we better dissect it to see how he achieved what he did. Join me and the rest of the Writer’s Book Club on January […]
In our September book club, we’ll tackle the issue of backstory by reading The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, a novel that takes place in two different time periods. As the mystery of the current time period (1955) plays out, World War II 1943 and ’44 play out as events during the war […]
Join us for a discussion about suspense in Dan Wells’ The Hollow City. March 21, 2013 at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 pm. We’ll talk about the unreliable narrator and how his delusions have just enough reality to pull you through the book.
Last month we worked on structure using Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheets. This month we’ll be building on that using Stephanie Meyer’s novel The Host. We’re going to focus on movement from high level structure down to scene level movement. I’ll analyze one of her scenes using the Medicine Wheel tools from Elizabeth Ayres. She uses […]
During Writer’s Book Club, we used the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet from his bestselling book, Save the Cat, and analyzed The Hunger Games’s beats. We discussed and located plot points such as the theme, the catalyst, the debate, the fun and games, the B-story, the darkest moment, and a 5-point finale. The Hunger Games flawlessly […]