Online Fiction Workshop with Shannon Sanders 2023

Wednesdays, May 17th-June 21st, Zoom

Meeting Time: 7-9:15pm ET

Price: $400

Patron Price*: $350

Applications are closed. Thanks to all who applied. In this six-week workshop with One Story author Shannon Sanders (Issue #263, “The Everest Society“), each participant will workshop a short story or novel excerpt and engage in craft exercises including close readings of published short fiction. Workshop discussions will focus on elements of fiction such as story structure, character development, exposition, and dialogue, giving each participant practical revision ideas that prepare them to submit their work for publication. The class will meet on Zoom from 7-9:15 PM each Wednesday night from May 17 through June 21. Tuition includes a 30-minute independent meeting with the instructor.

Shannon Sanders

Shannon Sanders is the author of the linked short story collection Company. Her short fiction has appeared in One StoryThe Sewanee ReviewThe Virginia Quarterly ReviewTriQuarterlyJoyland, and elsewhere, and has received a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She lives near Washington, DC with her husband and three sons.

How to Apply

This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Sunday, April 16th 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. 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.

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 April 16th. 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 no later than May 3rd.


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.

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We are unable to offer scholarships for our workshops.

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