Critical reading is tonight

Our critical reading workshop happens tonight! We’ll be discussing the merits of Deborah Eisenberg’s Some Other, Better Otto at the Columbus Capital Club at 7PM.

Some questions for you to mull over before the meet up:

  1. This is another story that isn’t really driven by a central plot–what was the driving force behind the story? Did you find that force to be compelling? If you had casually picked up this story, would you have finished it?
  2. Persnickety Otto is arguably one of the driving forces–in what ways is Otto developed? How is he made believable?
  3. This story incorporates a lot of characters. Some might say too many. What little tricks does the narrator use to keep them all straight for the reader? Did you find these to be effective? Do these secondary characters feel real? Or do they feel more like set pieces for Otto to interact with?
  4. In discussions of writing, much is made on the balance between “showing vs. telling”–do you feel like the story manages this balance well?
  5. Would you reread this story again? If so, why? What about it captured you?

That’s it for questions. Bring your thoughts on this piece and your own questions to tonight’s meeting.

Each month, the reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend. The Capital Club is located on the lobby floor of the Doubletree Suites Hotel on South Front Street. Get more details in this ancient blog post.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at nick@columbuscoop.org. See you there!

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