stories from the road

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a few months ago, i was feeling antsy for a road trip and figured the next best thing would be to go on one via literature. i put out a question on twitter asking for ‘road’ book recommendations. there were many great suggestions, and it kickstarted a search for all different kinds of road stories, from less-often explored perspectives: contemporary road stories, hybrid road stories, queer road stories, bipoc road stories. i was thrilled to find an extraordinary, exciting, and diverse body of work, that got me excited about the possibilities of the road all over again.

in this 6-week workshop students will attempt to identify and reimagine the possibilities of ‘the road’ in fiction. how can road stories be explored in new and unexpected ways? how does ‘the road’ function as a metaphor? how can elements of road stories be applied in all kinds of different narratives? in addition to reading a bunch of different road narratives, we will also workshop your own ‘stories from the road.’ each student will receive 2 fully workshopped stories, which includes written feedback from yours truly (david byron queen), and comprehensive class discussions.

Each class will also be conducted alongside a “virtual” road trip—various scenic drives around the usa—that will play in the background on zoom while we talk. Hopefully the next best thing to being in a car driving somewhere together.

books we will look at: 

the last days of california by mary miller

the last great road bum by hector tobar 

sing unburied sing by jesmyn ward

nevada by imogen binnie

teenager by bud smith

blue highways by william least heat-moon

fair play by tove jansson

lost children archive by valerie luiselli

& more!

online // zoom

tuesdays 7-9 pm est 

september 20 - october 25

instructor: david byron queen

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