Writing Circle

Thank you for your interest in the Writing Circle. Applications are now closed and will re-open in Fall 2022. Read below to find out more information about this program. 

The One Story Writing Circle is a year-long education program and accountability group, hosted and moderated by One Story.

When you join the One Story Writing Circle, you join a small cohort of fiction writers looking to devote a year to improving their craft and process. Circle members will receive access to all of One Story’s online craft classes for the 2022 calendar year (a total of 9 courses plus access to online craft lectures at our Summer Writers’ Conference). In addition, they will attend monthly online meetings designed to help them set goals and create and maintain their writing practice, surrounded by a supportive community of writers from across the country and the world. As with One Story’s other online course offerings, the Writing Circle is geared toward fiction writers.

At these online meetings, facilitated by One Story staff, Circle members will set personal writing objectives, both creative and professional. Each meeting will also feature motivational essays, writing prompts, and resources aimed at helping writers achieve their targets. One Story will track individual and group goals so we can celebrate our progress together each month, and will host quarterly readings with Circle members who want to share their work with the group. At the December 2022 meeting, Circle members will celebrate and take stock of all they have accomplished during the year.

While there will be space for writers to share questions and ideas with each other, there will be no individual evaluations or reviews. The One Story Writing Circle is not a place for criticism or critique. It is a supportive space to help you reach your writing goals.

The Writing Circle will launch on January 13th, 2022 and will be limited to 30 students. Writers can be at any level, but to ensure a consistent and committed community, all applications must be received by December 19th, 2021 and writers must commit to the full year. Applications will consist only of a statement of intent.

We are seeking writers:

  • with a clear project in mind
  • with a need for community
  • who are excited to be a part of a group environment and ready to get to work

The One Story Writing Circle costs $595 for One Story members and $650 for non-members, roughly the price of one in-person writing workshop.

What you get:

  • A year’s worth of One Story online classes (9 courses on topics such as historical fiction, creativity, building short story collections, interactive fiction and more, plus access to all craft lectures at our summer conference, a $700 value)
  • Exclusive access to monthly One Story Writing Circle meetings, featuring goal setting, essays on writing, accountability check-ins, readings, and a discussion board to share your progress with fellow members
  • A small writing community built solely for support and encouragement
  • Extended access to One Story online class material: all Writing Circle members will have unlimited access to 2022 course material for the duration of 2022 (regular students only receive access for 5 weeks after the class’s start date)

How to Apply:

We are seeking applicants who are ready to spend 2022 committed to their writing goals and who are in need of a community to motivate them. Applicants will be chosen based on their interest in and commitment to the class as demonstrated in their application. There is no writing sample required for this class. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm ET on December 19th, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance the week of January 3rd, 2022.

Application Instructions:

In 400 words or less, please describe your current writing project and your writing goals for 2022. Share how being a part of a community like the Writing Circle would help you further your goals. You will also be asked to describe any experience you’ve had with a writing community, and to upload a current CV. Please note that we are seeking applicants who are looking for a writing community and who can share their progress with the group once a month.

There is a $10 application fee, which will be deducted from tuition upon acceptance.

Applications to the One Story Writing Circle will be taken via Submittable.


Will the One Story Writing Circle provide critiques or feedback on my writing?

No. The Writing Circle provides educational programming and a cheering squad to help you reach your writing goals, but will not be providing critiques or individual feedback on your writing.

When can I apply for the One Story Writing Circle?

The application period is open now through December 19th, 2021.

What are the application requirements?

We are seeking writers at all stages in their careers who are ready to commit to their writing goals.

How do the monthly meetings work?

After the first meeting, which will open on January 13th, 2022, Writing Circle members will meet according to a set schedule, which will be made available to them at that first meeting. Each meeting will include craft essays, and resources for writers, and the occasional writing or discussion prompt. The meetings also will include a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the month’s moderator. The meetings are text-based and will be active for four days per month to give all members a chance to participate on their own schedule. Meetings will also occasionally include remote student readings on Zoom.

How many members are in the Writing Circle?
The Writing Circle will be capped at 30 members.
Is participation on the Writing Circle discussion board required?

Yes. In addition to helping writers create a sustainable writing practice, we hope to build a community of writers who can support you and your work long after the class is over. It is for this reason that we are seeking applicants who can commit to participating in class discussions.

Is there homework?

Yes. Circle members will be expected to track their goal progress and share updates on that progress with the group. Moderators will review methods for tracking goal progress at the beginning of class.

How much time will the meetings take?

Plan to spend at least an hour per month reviewing the monthly lessons and resources, plus however much time you’d like on the discussion board.

Can I take it on my phone?
Yes, though we recommend using a tablet or a computer for easier access to class materials.
Can I participate in the monthly meetings if I’m not a member of the Writing Circle?

No. At this time these monthly meetings are only offered to Writing Circle members. You are still welcome to register for our other online course offerings.

Discounts & Policies

Our online 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.

Patron Discount: In order to qualify for our member discount, you must either be an active Patron or register for a Patron membership by the application deadline for this opportunity. Please note that the discount is for our Patrons only. 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 Patron, you can do so here.

Refund Policy: One Story class payment is non-refundable after the class’s start date. For questions about the refund policy, or if you are unable to take the class after you have registered, please contact maribeth@one-story.com.

If you have any questions, please contact edu.support@one-story.com.

The Writing Circle has been a stabilizing force and source of joy throughout this year. Writing Circle Member