2024 Lecture Series

February-November 2024

Price: $75

Patron Price: $65

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Hone your craft in 2024 with six lectures from One Story authors on the craft of fiction. With live Zoom lectures from Fatima Kola, Michael Kardos, Anya Johanna DeNiro, Jackie Thomas-Kennedy, Gina Chung, and Alice McDermott.

Lectures are an hour and fifteen minutes each and take place live on Zoom where students can watch the lecture and join the discussion. Can’t attend live? Students will receive access to the recording for one year after the purchase date of the lecture series.

About Our Next Lecture

Join us for the third lecture in our 2024 Lecture Series on Saturday, June 15, from 4-5:15pm ET with Anya Johanna DeNiro, author of OS #22 “Child Assassin” and OTS #49 “Love All, Trust Few, Harm None.” Anya will be lecturing about speculative fiction.

The Unsettling Craft of Speculative Fiction Writing speculative fiction–which encompasses everything from science fiction, fairy tales, magic realism, surrealism, and more–creates a unique relationship between reader and writer. In this lecture we will look at how this mode of writing upends stability and a sense of fixed identity. We will look at the stories of writers like Kelly Link, Ursula LeGuin, and Rivers Solomon to understand the techniques of speculative fiction, and how writers can create whole worlds in just a few sentences. We will also practice our own craft in creating places that act as characters in their own right, and then exploring how to write “the alien”–and how that alienation intersects with building believable (or unbelievable) characters.

To sign up to receive access to only this lecture (as opposed to all six), please visit this page.

About Anya Johanna DeNiro:

Anya Johanna DeNiro is a writer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. Her most recent book is the novel OKPsyche from Small Beer Press. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Catapult, Santa Monica Review, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. Her work has been on the Honor Roll for the Otherwise Award (for explorations of gender in speculative fiction), a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and shortlisted for the O. Henry Award.

Schedule & Lecturer Bios

All lectures will be held from 4-5:15pm ET.

Saturday, February 17: Fatima Kola

Kingdom of the Sick In this lecture we will explore how, as a matter of craft, writers have rendered physical pain and illness on the page. Virginia Woolf spoke of illness as language-defying — if so, how can writers of prose render the experience of being ill using language, and how can they access the interior mind of the sick person? We will look at examples of successful prose, and talk about how we might replicate, in our own work, the strange and lonely experience of being ill.

Saturday, April 20: Michael Kardos

How Do I End This Thing?Every story is different—that’s the beauty of stories—and yet they all share one feature: at some point, they end. Ideally, our stories end with that coveted trifecta of unexpectedness, inevitability, and resonance. But how do we do it? In this lecture, we’ll explore strategies other authors have used to bring their stories to a satisfying, compelling finish (as well as pitfalls to avoid), and see how we can apply these lessons to our own work.

Saturday, June 15: Anya Johanna DeNiro

Saturday, September 21: Jackie Thomas-Kennedy

Saturday, October 26: Gina Chung

Saturday, November 16: Alice McDermott

About Fatima Kola:

Fatima Kola was published in One Story in 2015. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, and from 2019 to 2021 was a Stegner Fellow. She was a 2015 shortlistee for the Caine Prize for African Writing, a Miles Morland Foundation Grant holder in 2017, and a resident at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris in 2023. She served as the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize for three years, and along with One Story, her short fiction has been published by Granta, New Contrast, The Guardian, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Fatima is currently a writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches writing about illness, and is completing her first novel about haunted bodies, loneliness, and the river Thames.

About Anya Johanna DeNiro:

Anya Johanna DeNiro is a writer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. Her most recent book is the novel OKPsyche from Small Beer Press. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Catapult, Santa Monica Review, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. Her work has been on the Honor Roll for the Otherwise Award (for explorations of gender in speculative fiction), a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and shortlisted for the O. Henry Award.

About Jackie Thomas-Kennedy:

Jackie Thomas-Kennedy (OS 276, “Extinction”) was awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in 2014. She is the winner of the 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, and her story “Sledding” is a 2023 Narrative Story of the Week. Her work has been recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts, and her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, One Story, Electric Literature, Lenny Letter, Narrative, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. Her reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Harvard Review, Star Tribune, The Millions, and on the Ploughshares blog. She has been a MacDowell fellow twice and is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Ucross, and Saltonstall. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her debut novel, The Thirteenth Wife, will be published by Riverhead in spring 2025.

About Gina Chung:

Gina Chung is a Korean American writer from New Jersey currently living in New York City. She is the author of the novel Sea Change, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a 2023 B&N Discover Pick, and a New York Times Most Anticipated Book, and the short story collection Green Frog (out March 12, 2024 from Vintage in the U.S. and June 6, 2024 from Picador in the U.K.). A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, she is a 2021-2022 Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellow and holds an MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work appears or is forthcoming in One Story, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Catapult, Electric Literature, and Gulf Coast, among others.

About Alice McDermott:

Alice McDermott is the author of nine novels, all published by FSG, including Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award, and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This, which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She lives outside Washington, DC.

How It Works

When you register, you’ll be enrolled in a portal on Thinkific, our online learning platform, which will give you access to Zoom links for the upcoming lecture along with any reading you’ll need to complete in advance of the class. This is also where the videos will be uploaded after the lectures take place.

FAQ

When can I register for this class?

Registration will open soon and remain open through November 15, 2024.

Will I be able to interact with the lecturers?

Yes. Students will be able to ask questions and chat with lecturers during the live lectures. There will be no instructor engagement once the lecture concludes.

How much time will the class take?

Each lecture runs between one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.

Can I take the class on my phone?

Yes, the class can be taken on a phone.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships for this class?

If the cost of the class is a significant burden, please email edu.support@one-story.com

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 patron discount, you must be a member of our patron circle at the time of registration. Patrons commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in our non-profit organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers or supporters 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 this class, refunds are no longer available after 2/17/24.  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.