Lauren Groff, photo by Kristin Kozelsky
Lauren Groff, photo by Kristin Kozelsky
  • January 13-17, 2020
  • Mixed, $600
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In this class for fiction writers, we’ll be workshopping through a subversion 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 with me a stand-alone piece of fiction they’ve written that they believe does not work (max. 10,000 words). I will train the class as a whole in an alternate workshop model, in which the goal is not to pass judgment on the work, but instead to ask thoughtful, neutral, nonjudgmental questions during class, designed to reconcile the writer with the written piece. Everyone will also have the chance to disseminate a short piece of fiction, published by another writer, that they find subversive (less than 1,000 words), and will lead a discussion of that text. We will engage in a series of playful exercises designed to get you to shake up what you think you know about fiction writing. After each session, I’ll meet briefly with the students whose work we talked about that day.


This class is now FULL. Apply to be an alternate. We have reserved two spots for workshop financial aid applicants. Apply for WFA.

  • 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, and five editions of The Best American Short Stories anthology. She has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and was named one of Granta Magazine’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” She lives in Gainesville, Florida.