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Embracing “Plausible Magic” In Your Fiction with David Queen

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


This class will be taught online via Zoom.

Plausible magic is a technique that suggests an unbelievable—and often surreal—scenario can arise from “believable” character action and reasonable narrative means. Plausible magic is ordinary life rendered strange through the strength of the author’s vision. In this course, students will read and discuss the wonderfully bizarre stories of Alexandra Kleeman, Donald Antrim, Camille Bordas, Joy Williams, and more. They will also take turns bringing in their own “plausibly magical” stories each week to workshop—work that embraces the idiosyncratic weirdnesses in their authorial vision, and, on the page, makes the ordinary seem fresh and new.

David Queen grew up in Ohio, before moving to New York, where he worked as a journalist, an advertising copywriter, and in reality television. His copy and ad work have been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC News, Lucky Peach, Gizmodo, and on Good Morning America. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in VICE, Paste, The Rumpus, Hobart, McSweeney’s, Pithead Chapel, New South, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. He has a BA from The New School, a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Film & Television, and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, and runs the publishing company ‘word west’ (www.wordwest.co).


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April 23
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States