Reading From A Viking on the Subway

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A Viking on the Subway by William J. Torgerson

A Viking on the Subway

by William J. Torgerson

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Horseshoe

Midwestern Gothic Horseshoe novel in stories

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.

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Love on the Big Screen

John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Sixteen Candles

a coming of age novel in the spirit of Say Anything and High Fidelity

  •  Everything Zuke knows he gets from the movies, most of them late-eighties romantic comedies.
  • You can read the first chapter of Love on the Big Screen as a (downloadable pdf).
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Short Story “Twilight” in

Suicidally Beautiful

Flushing Queens golf sports New York

  •  $5  “Twilight,” is a short story inspired by the twilight rate at a golf course I worked at in Queens. It appears in a sports anthology entitled Suicidally Beautiful. 

For the Love of Books

book club, good books, great reads, Kathy Patrick

a documentary film about Kathy Patrick and the Pulpwood Queens

If you’ve got questions, comments, or just want to say hello, I encourage you to write me at <William.Torgerson@gmail.com>.

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A Viking on the Subway

urban fantasy, Vikings, science fiction, epic fantasy, thriller, mystery, suspense, Central Park, Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Chinatown, ghosts, New York City

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Horseshoe

Midwestern Gothic Horseshoe novel in stories

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

 

 

Love on the Big Screen

John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Sixteen Candles

a coming of age novel in the spirit of Say Anything and High Fidelity

  •  Everything Zuke knows he gets from the movies, most of them late-eighties romantic comedies.
  • You can read the first chapter of Love on the Big Screen as a (downloadable pdf).
  • Listen to a sample from the audio book.
  • Read a sample and purchase from Amazon.

 

Short Story “Twilight” in

Suicidally Beautiful

Flushing Queens golf sports New York

  •  $5  “Twilight,” is a short story inspired by the twilight rate at a golf course I worked at in Queens. It appears in a sports anthology entitled Suicidally Beautiful. 

For the Love of Books

book club, good books, great reads, Kathy Patrick

a documentary film about Kathy Patrick and the Pulpwood Queens

If you’ve got questions, comments, or just want to say hello, I encourage you to write me at <William.Torgerson@gmail.com>.

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Welcome to Torg Stories

We at Torg Stories are excited to announce that our film On the French Broad River has been accepted to the Queens World Film Festival in New York City.

The film will screen on Sunday morning March 19th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Zukor Theater at Astoria Kaufman Studios. Click here for more information about the festival.

trailer features music from Jeremy Vogt and Erika and Shawn Wellman

The seventy-five minute documentary On the French Broad River follows the journey of we four Torgs as we raft 147 miles from Rosman, North Carolina, through class III and IV whitewater rapids, all the way to Douglass Lake in Tennessee. With environmental themes related to water quality and best management practices within watersheds, this film is about the river, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it. Utilizing interviews with those connected to the environmental organizations RiverLink and MountainTrue as well as with experts in the fields of biology, wildlife conservation, and geology, this is an educational and heartwarming film for the whole family.

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Charlotte, Bill, Izzy and Megan Torgerson on their Star Inflatables raft

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 first documentary film for consideration at several film festivals.

Cherokee McGhee Press has published two of my novels. The first, Love on the Big Screen, tells the story of a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies. In writing that book, I drew upon my early dating experiences, my time riding the bench of a small-college basketball team, and my devotion to 80s films such as Say Anything and Sixteen Candles.   My adaptation of that novel won the Grand Prize of the Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition.

80s Movies music John Cusack John Hughes Say Anything Olivet Nazarene lovea scene from the novel by artist Keegan Laycock

Horseshoe is my most recent novel and is set in a fictionalized version of my hometown, Winamac, Indiana. It’s a place where everyone knows everybody else’s business.  Writer Bryan Fuhurness endorsed the novel by writing, “What Sherwood Anderson would have written if he had a sense of humor.”

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I ask my students to write a hybrid research paper we call a Scholarly Personal Narrative. I think of Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man and Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking as examples of this sort of text that combines a personal story with scholarly research.  The students also create short documentary films, follow Tweets in their area of interest, and compose ePortfolios as their final writing project.

In order to consider my professional life, I use a metaphor gifted to me by a former professor: Writing Floats on a Sea of Conversation. Given that, I invite you to respond to anything you find here as the first lines of what could be a rewarding conversation.  You can get in touch with me via Twitter @BillTorg or write me an email at William.Torgerson@gmail.com