Craft Lecture Bundle

July 18th-24th

Price: $75

Patron Price: $65

Registration Closed

Each year, we invite writers and industry professionals to give a series of lectures at our Summer Writers’ Conference. Usually, these are only available to Summer Conference students. This year, we’re once again expanding our audience to include non-conference participants with our Craft Lecture Bundle. 

Bundle buyers will be invited to attend seven days of virtual lectures on the craft of fiction live on Zoom, where they can participate in writing exercises and ask the lecturers questions. They will also have access to a video library with recordings of the lectures for one year after the conference ends. This year features:

  • Susanna Daniel on beginnings
  • Susan Perabo on dialogue
  • Lena Valencia on the literary magazine submission process
  • Ayşe Papatya Bucak on context-building
  • Pitchaya Sudbanthad on place
  • Lillian Li on set pieces
  • Jai Chakrabarti on time

Don’t miss this chance to learn about the craft of fiction from this esteemed group of writers!


All craft lectures are live and will be held from 2:45-4pm ET.

Monday, July 18th: Susanna Daniel

Tuesday, July 19th: Susan Perabo

Wednesday, July 20th: Lena Valencia

Thursday, July 21st: Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Friday, July 22nd: Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Saturday, July 23rd: Lillian Li

Sunday, July 24th: Jai Chakrabarti

Please note that lecture topics are subject to change.

About Ayşe Papatya Bucak:

Ayşe Papatya Bucak is the author of The Trojan War Museum and Other Stories which was awarded the Spotlight Award by the Story Prize. Her writing has been published in a variety of journals including One Story, Bomb, The Iowa Review, Guernica, and Witness. Two of the stories from The Trojan War Museum were reprinted in the O. Henry and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and the collection was short-listed for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for a Debut Short Story Collection. She is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University and has received support from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

About Jai Chakrabarti:

Jai Chakrabarti is the author of the novel A Play for the End of the World, which won the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction, was the Association of Jewish Libraries Honor Book, was short-listed for the Tagore Prize, and was long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of the story collection A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness, one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2023. His short fiction has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize.

About Susanna Daniel:

Author Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010, and her second novel, Sea Creatures, was the Target Book Club Pick for September 2014.

Susanna is a co-founder of the Madison Writers’ Studio, which offers live and virtual workshops for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, with a focus on encouragement, accountability, and deadlines. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Writers’ Workshop and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the UW Institute for Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in Newsweek, Slate, One Story, Epoch, and elsewhere.

About Lillian Li:

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, which was an NPR Best Book of 2018, and a finalist for the Women’s Prize. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, and Travel & Leisure.

About Susan Perabo:

Susan Perabo’s most recent books are The Fall of Lisa Bellow (2017) and Why They Run the Way They Do (2016), both from Simon & Schuster. Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, and her work has appeared in places likeOne Story, Glimmer Train, Story, The New York Times, andThe Sun. She is a professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

About Pitchaya Sudbanthad:

Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, selected as a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and MacDowell, and currently splits time between Bangkok and Brooklyn.

About Lena Valencia:

Lena Valencia’s fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Epiphany, Electric Literature, the anthology Tiny Nightmares, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation grant and holds an MFA in fiction from The New School. She has taught writing classes at Sackett Street, Catapult, the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and One Story. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is the managing editor and director of educational programming at One Story and the co-host of the reading series Ditmas Lit. Mystery Lights, her debut short story collection, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2024. For more information please visit


When can I register for this class?

Registration is open now through July 17th.

How does the class work?

The video lectures will take place according to the above schedule. On Tuesday, July 12th, Bundle buyers will receive an invitation to a classroom on Thinkific, our online learning partner, which will contain links to the live Zoom events, handouts (when relevant), and will serve as a video library once the craft lectures have completed. 

Will I be able to interact with the lecturers?

Yes, you will be permitted to ask questions in zoom chat during the Q&A, and to share your work in generative exercises during the sessions if the lecturer sets aside time for sharing work.

Is there homework?

Some lecturers will provide reading to do in advance of their talk. This will be made available on the Thinkific portal.

How much time will the class take?

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

What if I want to watch the lectures, but the dates and times don’t work for me?

Recordings of the lectures will be made available for one year after the conference concludes.

Can I take the class on my phone?

Yes, the class can be taken on a phone. You will need to have the Zoom app installed to watch the lectures.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships for this class?

Yes. We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships that cover 50% of tuition. The window to request a scholarship is open now through July 11th. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form.

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.

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