18 episodes

Gary Alan McBride founded the Boulder, Colorado-based Writers Who Read novel study group in May of 2018. Since then he and other local writers have been analyzing 10 novels per year within 12-18 months of their publication. WwR is focused 100% on today's fiction, mostly in advance of academic scholarship, so we live on the cutting edge of contemporary analysis. And that's how we like it. Our goal is to read like a writer and not wait for someone else to tell us what to think.
That means we read with intent--to become better at noticing what the author is doing to manage our emotions and manipulate our point of view. And so it doesn't matter whether what we read is critically acclaimed or academically vetted, because we can learn the same lessons from bad writing as from highly polished prose. We use our own reactions to the text to discover where to dig, and we use Literary Forensics techniques to sift through the layers. Our goal is to uncover the author's intent and to identify the tools they used to create their story so we can use them in our own writing.
On our monthly podcast Gary is joined by Whitney Pinion, Mira Landry, and sometimes others guest readers. We discuss our own textual discoveries as well as insights gleaned from our group discussion, because as much as we can learn on our own, we can learn so much more about how to read and write when we listen to others' viewpoints.
And that's where you come in, dear listener. We invite you to join us each month, 10 months a year, for a new episode when we discuss the latest literary techniques and publishing trends so that you can try out these techniques for yourself and maybe add your voice to ours.
We are Writers Who Read.

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Writers Who Read Gary Alan McBride

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Gary Alan McBride founded the Boulder, Colorado-based Writers Who Read novel study group in May of 2018. Since then he and other local writers have been analyzing 10 novels per year within 12-18 months of their publication. WwR is focused 100% on today's fiction, mostly in advance of academic scholarship, so we live on the cutting edge of contemporary analysis. And that's how we like it. Our goal is to read like a writer and not wait for someone else to tell us what to think.
That means we read with intent--to become better at noticing what the author is doing to manage our emotions and manipulate our point of view. And so it doesn't matter whether what we read is critically acclaimed or academically vetted, because we can learn the same lessons from bad writing as from highly polished prose. We use our own reactions to the text to discover where to dig, and we use Literary Forensics techniques to sift through the layers. Our goal is to uncover the author's intent and to identify the tools they used to create their story so we can use them in our own writing.
On our monthly podcast Gary is joined by Whitney Pinion, Mira Landry, and sometimes others guest readers. We discuss our own textual discoveries as well as insights gleaned from our group discussion, because as much as we can learn on our own, we can learn so much more about how to read and write when we listen to others' viewpoints.
And that's where you come in, dear listener. We invite you to join us each month, 10 months a year, for a new episode when we discuss the latest literary techniques and publishing trends so that you can try out these techniques for yourself and maybe add your voice to ours.
We are Writers Who Read.

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    2024 Quills Writers Conference

    2024 Quills Writers Conference

    Here’s a brief update on another Rocky Mountain regional writer’s conference that we've been spotlighting once a month this spring and summer. For July we're covering the 2024 Quills Writers Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, which takes place August 8-11. Mira Landry and Gary McBride recently talked with the conference executive sponsor Rachael Bush.
    More info at: https://LeagueOfUtahWriters.com

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    • 11 min
    59: Romantic Comedy - Curtis Sittenfeld

    59: Romantic Comedy - Curtis Sittenfeld

    Author Chelsea Pennington joins Whitney Pinion, Mira Landry, and Gary McBride to talk about Romantic Comedy by Eleanor Catton, which is Writers Who Read book number 59. Discussion slides for this novel and all novels discussed are available at WritersWhoRead.com. More information about Literary Forensics is available here and here.
    In every episode we analyze and discuss one novel that has been published within the past 18-24 months. We do this because we are writers who read with intent–we read to study content and form and to uncover techniques that we can apply to our own writing.We read like writers, turning our favorite authors into our writing teachers.
    We do this through Literary Forensics, a set of tools that allow us to look beyond the surface of plot points, down into the tapestry of themes, contexts, and symbols that hold the very intentions of the author.
    We uncover why they wrote this novel and how they did it.
    If you'd like to join our LIVE! meetings in person, find upcoming novel titles and event registration information here and be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.
    Writers Who Read has been meeting in Boulder, Colorado, since 2018, and we are affiliated with the Boulder Writers Alliance.

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    • 45 min
    Next Up: Romantic Comedy - Curtis Sittenfeld

    Next Up: Romantic Comedy - Curtis Sittenfeld

    Gary, Whitney, and Mira analyze another recently-published novel on the next episode of Writers Who Read. Next up: Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld.
    The first half of this novel is an intense week at a sketch comedy show that looks a lot like Saturday Night Live. When staff writer Sally Milz meets that week's guest host, aging pop icon Noah Brewster, she falls for him. Hard. But rules are rules, the show's class structure is highly stratified, and besides, Sally doesn't think she's a catch. Sittenfeld has researched the hell out of SNL, creating a realistic backdrop that enhances the drama.

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    • 2 min
    2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference

    2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference

    Here’s a brief update on another Front Range and Rocky Mountain regional writer’s conference that we've been spotlighting once a month this spring and summer. For June we're covering the 2024 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in Aurora, CO, which takes place September 27-29. Mira Landry and Gary McBride recently talked with the conference co-chairs of RMFW, Connie Connolly and Kate Jonuska.
    More info at: https://RMFW.org

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    • 13 min
    58: Birnam Wood - Eleanor Catton

    58: Birnam Wood - Eleanor Catton

    Whitney Pinion and Mira Landry join Gary McBride to talk about Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton, which is Writers Who Read book number 58. Discussion slides for this novel and all novels discussed are available at WritersWhoRead.com. More information about Literary Forensics is available here and here.
    In every episode we analyze and discuss one novel that has been published within the past 18-24 months. We do this because we are writers who read with intent–we read to study content and form and to uncover techniques that we can apply to our own writing.We read like writers, turning our favorite authors into our writing teachers.
    We do this through Literary Forensics, a set of tools that allow us to look beyond the surface of plot points, down into the tapestry of themes, contexts, and symbols that hold the very intentions of the author.
    We uncover why they wrote this novel and how they did it.
    If you'd like to join our LIVE! meetings in person, find upcoming novel titles and event registration information here and be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.
    Writers Who Read has been meeting in Boulder, Colorado, since 2018, and we are affiliated with the Boulder Writers Alliance.

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    • 43 min
    Next Up: Birnam Wood - Eleanor Catton

    Next Up: Birnam Wood - Eleanor Catton

    Gary, Whitney, and Mira analyze another recently-published novel on the next episode of Writers Who Read. Next up: Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton.
    Eco-ravaging for profit and the technology of the surveillance state are a few of the mechanisms that keep the ultra-rich in control. A multi-billionaire buys a plot of land in New Zealand and builds a bunker so he can survive the end times, which he has brought on himself. How much power does a fledgling group of environmentalists have against this combination of wealth and influence, especially when the billionaire himself starts funding their work?

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Andrea 1227 ,

Always look forward to these podcasts

Gary, Whitney and Mira’s discussions always make me want to go back and reread the book they are reviewing. So much information and new angles to consider!

Skunk at the Garden Party ,

Literary Forensics

Loved the inaugural podcast! Another insightful discussion; I always come away with a greater appreciation for these books. An excellent forum for aspiring authors to study the craft. Keep ‘em coming!

Save Science ,

Episode One complete and hoping for many more

Gary, Mira, and Whitney delivered a great podcast. Good style, excellent content, and well reasoned thoughts for us writers to consider. Waiting for the next show.

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