Rules for Writing

To start off classes this semester, I had the students sit in groups of five. This meant 5 tables of 5 students each. I asked the students to list each member of their group on the board as well as a detail that might help us to get to know them. After they finished doing […]

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Reading From A Viking on the Subway

Click on Media Player Below to Listen to First Three Chapters you can also listen on Stitcher or on iTunes $7.99 Paperback 99 Cent eBook! Kobo Nook Goodreads Book Giveaway A Viking on the Subway by William J. Torgerson Giveaway ends January 28, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win ———- Horseshoe a Midwestern […]

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Goodreads Giveaway

A Viking on the Subway $7.99 Paperback 99 Cent eBook! Kobo Nook ———- Horseshoe a Midwestern Gothic Novel With stories including ones about runaway coffins, a midnight knocker, church healing services, and adulterous relationships, Horseshoe is a float down the river past themes exploring sin, guilt, faith, doubt, and redemption. Amazon Barnes and Noble   […]

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Introductory Letter to Online Writing Students

Dear Writers Enrolled in Online Composition With Professor Torgerson, Welcome to the class! I use a metaphor gifted to me by a former professor named Sam to think about my writing and teaching life. It goes, “Writing Floats on a Sea of Conversation.” I didn’t know what the heck Sam was talking about back when […]

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Welcome to Torg Stories

Seven years ago I made the switch from high school English teacher and basketball coach to writer and professor.  Since that time, I’ve been blessed to have been hired to teach First Year Writing courses at St. John’s University in New York. I write novels, scripts, publish a podcast, and have just sent out my […]

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Are you on Goodreads? Click on Add Book?

Click the “Add Book” button below or read reviews.   Goodreads reviews for Love on the Big Screen Reviews from Goodreads.com

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Even Better Than Clark Griswold: Mr. Christmas!

Mr. Christmas was one of my favorite short films of the year. It’s now available for free online, and in this episode of the Torg Stories podcast, I chat with Hollywood screenwriter and director Nick Palmer. I open the podcast with Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” for a reason. You can click on one of […]

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Welcome to Torg Stories

Seven years ago I made the switch from high school English teacher and basketball coach to writer and professor.  Since that time, I’ve been blessed to have been hired to teach First Year Writing courses at St. John’s University in New York. I write novels, scripts, publish a podcast, and have just sent out my […]

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Let’s Take a Field Trip: College Students in the Local Bookstore

After a few semesters of not taking my students across the street from St. John’s University to the bookstore, I’m back at it again. In preparation for the activity (what a job I have!) I went over for an hour and browsed for myself. I had ideas of what we’d do but going into the […]

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So Much Will Be Forgotten

I’ve been struck by how much of what my daughters do and say will be forgotten. I saw this documentary two nights ago called Stories We Tell. Director Sarah Polley interviews as many people as she can about her mother, and eventually Sarah finds out who her father is for sure and the story is […]

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