Advanced Fiction Workshop with Matthew Lansburgh

Mondays, July 22nd-August 26th, 2024

Meeting Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm ET

Location: Online (Zoom)

Price: $450

Patron Price*: $425

This advanced fiction workshop will include two components: (i) a craft component in which we will study several published stories to glean craft lessons you can apply to your own work, and (ii) a workshop component in which we will read one story from each student and analyze the craft decisions at play in that submission. Our goal in the workshop portion of the course will be to give each student specific suggestions for how to improve their submission in revision. During our six weeks together, we will talk about what makes a great opening; how to use voice, mystery, and details to keep your readers engaged; how to make sure the way you reveal information builds momentum, rather than slowing down the pace of your story; and how to create complex, three-dimensional characters. Specific craft topics to be examined will include: point of view, narrative distance, use of time, narrative arc, character development, use of compelling details, world building, voice, and dialogue.

This class is limited to 10 students and is designed for writers with workshop experience. Tuition includes a 30-minute meeting with the instructor.

Matthew Lansburgh

Matthew Lansburgh’s collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as One StoryVirginia Quarterly ReviewNew England Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and has been shortlisted in the Best American Short Stories series. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Matthew has served on the admissions committee of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference since 2019.

How to Apply

This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. Applications will open on Monday, April 15th, 2024. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Monday, June 3rd at 11:59pm ET. Please send in your application, which should consist of a personal statement and a manuscript (either a short story or novel excerpt of 5000 words or less) of what you would like to workshop, via Submittable.

We are seeking writers who are looking to hone their craft and are excited to learn from each other and the instructor in an intimate and supportive environment. Workshop participants will be selected based on the strength of their writing sample and personal statement.

Complete application guidelines are available on the application. Please note that you will need to create a Submittable account to apply.

There is a non-refundable $10 application fee.

Please note that to be eligible for the Patron rate, applicants must be an active Patron of One Story as of June 3rd. Patrons commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in the organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers are patrons. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a patrons, you can do so here.

Applicants will be notified of their status in late June.


Our classes are designed to be safe spaces for all who participate. One Story will not tolerate hate speech, bullying, or harassment directed toward instructors or fellow students, and reserves the right to remove participants who engage in such behavior from our classes.

Full refunds are available up through July 15th. Partial refunds (50%) are granted if the class is dropped within one week of the class start date (July 16th through 21st). Payment is non-refundable on or after the class’s start date. For questions about the refund policy, or to receive a refund, please contact

Application fee waivers are available. If you require one, please contact We are unable to offer scholarships for our advanced fiction workshops.

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