S278. Workshop Pedagogy and the Fiction of George Saunders

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Five writers, all seasoned fiction workshop leaders, will discuss craft via the fiction of George Saunders. Saunders’s texts bridge several fiction-writing divides. His bestselling work is nevertheless informed by language-centered aesthetics; as well, Saunders blends the historical and documentary with exaggeration, hyperreality, and magic. Panelists will tease out how Saunders does what he does and what we can learn from this work, offering also GS-inspired exercises for fiction classrooms.


Ted Pelton has authored five books, numerous articles and reviews, and over fifty published stories, including in BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, and Gargoyle. An NEA fellowship recipient and for fifteen years the director of Starcherone Books, he currently chairs the English department at Tennessee Tech University.

Alissa Nutting is author of the novels Made for Love and Tampa, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and the Indiana Review. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Grinnell College.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is author Guess and Check, Violent Outbursts, Haywire (winner of an Asian American Writers award), Tetched, and Roughhouse. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the West Side YMCA in New York. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Christina Milletti publishes her fiction and articles widely. Her first collection The Religious & Other Fictions was followed by recently completed Choke Box, part of which appeared in Buffalo Noir & Year’s Best Mystery Stories. Marble House has awarded her a residency for a new book Girling Seasons.

Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the novels Please Don't Come Back from the Moon, My American Unhappiness, and Summerlong. The recipient of a Guggenheim and two NEA fellowships, he teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside