We all have our own stories to tell. They belong to us but share equal worth. This summer, the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will offer a chance to tell your road trip stories in a two-part workshop facilitated by Nathaniel Winship, beginning on June 28.

Download the American Road Trips book list

In the automobile age, travel across all or part of the U.S.A. has been accessible to almost all Americans. Many remember a family car trip as how they spent a childhood vacation or two. For others, it has been a more self-conscious effort to discover America, and thereby something of their own identity. For many, mobility, up, down, or sideways, has been a simple fact of life.

This workshop will invite you to write your own narrative, in photographs, poetry, or prose, about a road trip you have taken in your past, here and now, or perhaps in your imagination.

An introduction and discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 pm at the Cook Memorial Library. At this first meeting, participants can choose to borrow a book about an American road trip from those on display, or provide books from their own libraries, or ask about others. Everyone will have most of the summer to read the chosen book and write a brief review or book report to bring to a follow up meeting on August 30, also at the Cook Memorial Library.

The main goal of this workshop is to write or portray your own narrative (in any medium) of an American road trip. Participants will be asked to share their experiences in the final workshop on August 30. Depending on results and group’s preference, a collection of participants’ works may be compiled into a small published volume.

Nathaniel Winship has a special interest in American road trips, and has a collection of books as well as his own writings. He is owner/operator of Tanna Farm in Whittier with his wife Hope.

American Road Trips – a summer-long exploration
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