online event; open to the public and all mentees & mentors
At Friday Night Salons, a special guest artist shares their personal and professional journey and guides us through a series of inspirational writing prompts. Join us to kick off the new season with this spine-chilling Halloween Edition.
Author LaTanya McQueen will lead participants through a series of writing prompts based on her terrifying debut novel, When the Reckoning Comes. Her talk will focus on the trajectory of how McQueen came to write When the Reckoning Comes, including a discussion about what inspired the novel, what research she did, her overall writing process for completing the book, and her experiences getting it published.
LaTanya McQueen’s novel, ‘When the Reckoning Comes’ was published with Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins. She’s also the author of ‘And It Begins Like This,’ an essay collection published with Black Lawrence Press (listed by Electric Literature as one of the 46 books by women of color to read in 2018). She has recently started work on another book supported through a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She received my MFA from Emerson College, my PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Coe College.
When the Reckoning Comes is a haunting novel about a Black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.
“LaTanya McQueen’s When The Reckoning Comes is so deliciously uncomfortable there were moments where I had to put the book down, take a deep breath, and like Mira, its protagonist, urge myself to go further. This is a novel, like Octavia Butler’s Kindred, that reminds its readers that as long as people don’t acknowledge how much of the past still shapes the present, it will bring its whips, its hatchets, and fists to make us learn.”
—Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood