V.V. Ganeshananthan’s debut novel, Love Marriage, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008. She is a graduate of Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, and Ploughshares, among others. The National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Phillips Exeter Academy have awarded her fellowships. She is the Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.
Workshop: The Researched Imagination
Whether you’re writing what you know or exploring what you don’t, if you want to write fiction, you can learn something from reporters. Journalists go out into the world and observe it closely—interviewing people, hunting down information, producing work on deadline, and subjecting themselves to rigorous editing for length and clarity. How can we use these strategies and other journalistic techniques for fiction writing?
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