Online Fiction Workshop with Laura Spence-Ash 2023

Wednesdays, September 13th-October 18th, Zoom

Meeting Time: 7-9:15PM ET

Price: $400

Patron Price*: $350

In this workshop with author Laura Spence-Ash (Beyond That, the Sea), each participant will workshop a short story or a novel excerpt. Workshop discussions will focus on the elements of craft—including structure, character, point-of-view, and dialogue—and provide each writer with revision ideas that will help move their work to the next level. Craft exercises and close readings of published fiction will be incorporated as well. The six-week class will meet on Zoom from 7-9:15 PM ET on Wednesday evenings from September 13th through October 18th. Tuition includes a 30-minute independent meeting with the instructor.

Laura Spence-Ash

Laura Spence-Ash’s debut novel, Beyond That, the Sea, was published by Celadon Books in March 2023. The novel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was named a GMA Buzz Pick, and was an Indie Next pick for April 2023. Her short fiction has appeared in One StoryNew England ReviewCrazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her critical essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She was the founding editor of CRAFT, and she received her MFA in fiction from Rutgers–Newark. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

How to Apply

This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Wednesday, August 2nd 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) via Submittable. PLEASE NOTE: The story or excerpt that you submit with your application will be the story/excerpt you’ll be workshopping if accepted. No short story excerpts, please.

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 complete the application.

Please note that to be eligible for the Patron rate, applicants must be an active Patron of One Story as of August 2nd. 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 by late August.


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 September 5th. Partial refunds (50%) are granted if the class is dropped within one week of the class start date (September 6th through 12th). 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

We are unable to offer scholarships for our workshops.

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