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Writing the New Western 6 Week Zoom Workshop, Starts August 1st, 2021
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$395.00

Writing the New Western 6 Week Zoom Workshop, Starts August 1st, 2021


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Class Starts Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Sundays, 2:00PM CST - 4:00PM CST).

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Led by David Byron Queen, whose work has appeared in VICE, Split Lip Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. David has an MFA from the University of Montana, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow. He lives in New York and runs the indie publishing company word west.

In an interview in The Nation, author Hernan Diaz stated that “[the western] is so ideologically charged and neglected that it’s ripe for subversion. Its scaffolding is there, ready to be hijacked and repurposed.”

Where are the “westerns” of today? Who are the writers writing about the west?

In this course, we will explore some of the finest contemporary fiction about “the west” as an idea, as a construct. We will focus on writers who, as Hernan Diaz put it, have “hijacked and repurposed” the western, and have mined and twisted its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns to unearth a vibrant new vision.

Along with reading work by authors such as Tommy Orange, Hernan Diaz, Percival Everett, Annie Proulx, and C Pam Zhang, writers will submit their own “westerns” for workshop. David will provide links and PDFs for all of the readings. The first class meeting will be mostly introductory, but you can plan to discuss an excerpt from the opening of How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang as well as read “Driving Montana” together in the first class meeting. David will send out a welcome email ahead of time with a syllabus and links to all the readings.

In this generative 6-week workshop, you will:

  • Take away written feedback on your stories.
  • Have a stronger understanding of the contemporary western.
  • Develop and practice writing techniques pulled from the western genre.
  • Have stronger confidence in your writing and analyzing the writing of your peers.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

  • Stronger sense of storytelling.
  • Stronger sense of reading and analyzing how stories work.
  • Stronger sense of giving helpful feedback to peers/writers.
  • And a clearer sense of the type of fiction you want to write.

ASSIGNED READING:

  • "Driving Montana" by Richard Hugo
  • Novel Excerpt: How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
  • "The State" by Tommy Orange
  • "The Half-Skinned Steer" by Annie Proulx
  • "Little Faith" by Percival Everett
  • Novel Excerpt: In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm, Shop Pay, or Lay-Buy to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: David Byron Queen

  • Class Starts Sunday, August 1st, 2021

  • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Sundays from 2:00PM - 4:00PM CST.

Instructor David Byron Queen was raised in Ohio. He has an MFA from the University of Montana, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow. His work has appeared in VICE, Split Lip Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. In 2021 he was awarded a writing residency at the Gulkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn, Iceland. He lives in New York and runs the indie publishing company word west.

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