Fiction | Workshop

Advanced Fiction: Raising the Stakes

In this advanced fiction workshop, best suited to writers with ample workshop experience, we’ll focus on developing compelling, vivid characters by exploring the individual challenges they face. We’ll discover how the characters we deem the most worthy of our empathy are often the ones the world resists the most, and how turmoil in our fiction isn’t something we should fear, but rather whole-heartedly embrace. We’ll do this by not only looking at our own writing, but also at the work of respected and established writers.

In this six-week workshop, each student will workshop twice, and will meet with the instructor once for an individual conference.

*no class February 20th

Grant Ginder

Grant Ginder is the author of four novels, including The People We Hate at the Wedding and Honestly, We Meant Well. His writing has appeared in Lithub, The Harvard Advocate, FailBetter, Bodega, and 7x7. He is a graduate of the MFA program at New York University, where he currently teaches rhetoric and composition.


"A sensitively observed story about storytelling."


"Ginder’s writing is colorful, direct, and imaginative . . . At times, it is also achingly poignant . . . DRIVER'S EDUCATION is a stirring, memorable trip."


Lively, funny, gritty, and achingly real, Ginder’s sophomore effort should appeal to fans of Junot Diaz and Michael Chabon.

BOOKLIST starred review

"With Driver's Education, Grant Ginder has come home with more than just the great pleasures—the sites, stops, journeys and stories—of an ideal road trip. He's also given us an exquisite portrait of the mysteries, accusations, and bonds that link every father and son. And he's also given us another sort of education: it's a novel that reminds you how beautiful and moving a story, when told by an expert, can be. The novel gives all the pleasures and reminds us of the real highway we spend our lives on, that wherever we travel begins and ends at the same destination. It's an extraordinary book."


"DRIVER'S EDUCATION is the kind of book that will make other young writers crumple their manuscripts and unplug their computers. With a sniper's eye, Grant Ginder takes the whole of American Life in his crosshairs. A meticulously-observed family story; a social fiction that involves everything from reality TV to truth-telling in the Internet age; funny and sad, smart and exciting, DRIVER'S EDUCATION is a great book.

Darin Strauss author of HALF A LIFE and CHANG AND ENG