Side-by-side photo of author George Saunders by Chloe Aftel and of editor Deborah Treisman.
Photo of George Saunders by Chloe Aftel.

The Writer and the Editor

with George Saunders & Deborah Treisman
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Applications and nominations are no longer being accepted.

The relationship of a writer and an editor is fascinating and mysterious, and has similarities to the relationship of a student and a teacher. In this master class, writer George Saunders and editor Deborah Treisman will describe their collaboration through various drafts of Saunders’ short story “Ghoul” before it was published in The New Yorker.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

George Saunders is the author of eleven books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English, and was a finalist for the Golden Man Booker, in which one Booker winner was selected to represent each decade, from the fifty years since the Prize’s inception. The audiobook for Lincoln in the Bardo, which featured a cast of 166 actors, was the 2018 Audie Award for best audiobook. His work has been appearing in The New Yorker since 1992.
He was born in Amarillo, Texas, and raised in Oak Forest, Illinois. He has a degree in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines and has worked as a geophysical prospector in Indonesia, a roofer in Chicago, a doorman in Beverly Hills, and a technical writer in Rochester, New York. He has taught, since 1997, in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.

Deborah Treisman has been Fiction Editor at The New Yorker since 2002, and is the host of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast.

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