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Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Memory and Myth"--the Hollyhock Institute Workshop, on the Left Coast, June 2014

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Memory & Myth: Transforming Personal History

Jun 1 - 6, 2014

Presented by: Peter Behrens
  • Writing
Shape personal history, family mythology, and memory into written memoir or fiction. Participants will focus on organizing, writing, revising, and polishing one memoir essay, short story, or key chapter. In the workshop process, directed by Peter Behrens, writers analyze, criticize, and respond to each other’s work in a helpful and energizing atmosphere. For some participants, the workshop experience will jump-start the longer journey of writing a book.
Peter Behrens’ novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2006, was a finalist for’s Best First Novel Award, and has been published in nine languages. In 2012 the New New York Times called Behrens’ second novel The O’Briens, ‘a major accomplishment”. Behrens’ stories and essays have appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Short Story, The Globe & Mail, Best Canadian Essays, Best Canadian Stories, Saturday Night,  Brick, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio in the US and Europe and CBC Radio in Canada. Behrens is the author of two collections of short stories, Night Driving and Travelling Light. A native of Montreal, he held the Wallace D Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. In 2013 Peter Behrens was a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He teaches at Colorado College and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and son.
TUITION: $565 CDN / 5 nights  (meals & accommodation extra)

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