Lauren Groff, photo by Kristin Kozelsky
Lauren Groff, photo by Kristin Kozelsky
  • January 13-17, 2020
  • Mixed, $600
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In this course for fiction writers, students will workshop through an upside-down version of the standard workshop model, generating writing while also testing out ways to subvert archetypes, modes of telling, and easy narrative canards. In advance of the class, writers will share a stand-alone piece of fiction they’ve written that they believe does not work (max. 10,000 words). The instructor will train the class as a whole in an alternate workshop model where the goal is not to pass judgment on the work, but instead to ask thoughtful, neutral, nonjudgmental questions during class in order to reconcile the writer with their own written piece. Everyone will also have a chance to disseminate a short piece of fiction (published by another writer) that they find subversive (fewer than 1,000 words) and lead a discussion of that text. Participants will engage in a series of playful exercises designed to shake up what they think they know about fiction writing. After each session, the instructor will meet briefly with students whose work was discussed that day.


This class is now FULL and we are no longer accepting applications.

  • This is a mixed levels workshop.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Lauren Groff is the author of five books, notably the novel Fates and Furies and the story collection Florida, which were both finalists for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and five editions of The Best American Short Stories anthology. She has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and was named one of Granta‘s “Best of Young American Novelists.” She lives in Gainesville, Florida.