Finding Creativity with Hannah Tinti and Friends 2024

Finding Creativity with Hannah Tinti and Friends 2024

February 22nd - 26th

Class Type: Lecture Series

Price: $75

Patron Price: $60

Registration Closed
I loved this offering. There was so much to learn and it genuinely helped me reset and catapult my imagination and creative practice. Finding Creativity 2022 Student

In this class, One Story co-founder Hannah Tinti will delve into the creative process with a group of special guests. The class will feature inspiring, generative exercises and in-depth conversations about the best ways to overcome roadblocks and get sparks flying on the page. Tinti and her guests will give tips on their own unique approaches for stirring the imagination, sharing their personal stories of trial, error, and success. Three sessions will be live conversations. There will also be daily discussion boards for students to connect with other writers from around the globe about the best ways to keep the creative flame alive.

Past guests have included Jami Attenberg, Alexander Chee, Min Jin Lee, Kelly Link, Ruth Ozeki, and Dani Shapiro. Hannah’s 2024 guests will be: Jennifer Egan, Tania James and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.  

Live Lecture Schedule

All times in ET. Zoom links will be made available to class participants. Recordings will be available at the conclusion of each lecture.

Friday, February 23th, 3pm-3:45pm: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh & Hannah Tinti

Saturday, February 24th, 3pm-3:45pm: Jennifer Egan & Hannah Tinti

Sunday, February 25th, 3pm-3:45pm: Tania James & Hannah Tinti

About Jennifer Egan:

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection.  Her 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was chosen as New York City’s One Book One New York read.  Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.  Her new novel, The Candy House, a companion to A Visit From the Goon Squad, was named one of the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2022 and one of President Obama’s favorite reads of the year. She recently completed a term as President of PEN America and is currently Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Also a journalist, her year-long reporting on street homelessness and supportive housing in New York City was published in The New Yorker in September, 2023. Photo: Pieter M. van Hattem

About Tania James:

Tania James is the author of four works of fiction, all published by Knopf: The Tusk That Did the Damage, which was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Financial Times Oppenheimer Award; Aerogrammes and Other Stories, named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and The San Francisco Chronicle; and the novel Atlas of Unknowns, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Her short stories have appeared in Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing; Granta; The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; and One Story, among other places, and featured on Symphony Space Selected Shorts. She has received fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, Ragdale, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fulbright Program. An associate professor of English in the MFA program at George Mason University, her new novel, Loot, was published by Knopf Doubleday in June 2023 and longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction. Photo: Elliott O’Donovan.

About Saïd Sayrafiezadeh:

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of, most recently, the story collection, American Estrangement, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. His memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times, and his story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers’ fiction fellowship. He leads the Creative Nonfiction track in Hunter’s MFA program, and teaches undergraduate writing at NYU, where he received an outstanding teaching award. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

About Hannah Tinti:

Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. She is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and is in development for television. She co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy and has taught writing at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia University’s MFA program, CUNY, and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.  For more information please visit


When can I register for this class?

Registration opens soon, and will remain open through February 21st, 2024.

How does the class work?

Lessons will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. There will be three live conversations between Hannah and the guest speakers. A schedule of these will be released prior to the class start date. Recordings will be made available for those who are unable to attend live or would like to revisit the conversation. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the instructors.

I write creative nonfiction. Is this class right for me?

One Story classes and exercises are designed with fiction writers in mind, but this course will also touch on other forms of creative expression, including non-fiction, memoir, and visual art.

Is participation on the discussion board required?

No, it’s optional; participants are welcome to jump into the conversation or sit back and observe.

Is there homework?

There will be some optional journaling and writing exercises to spark your creative process. These will not be evaluated by the instructor or guests.

How much time will the class take?

Plan to spend about 45 minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion boards. The conversations on creativity will be approximately 45 minutes each, and can be watched live or viewed at a later time.

How many students are in the class?

One Story online classes are large and tend to range from 75 to 200 students.

What if I want to take the class, but the dates don’t work for me?

All class materials will be accessible online until March 27th, 2043. Please note, however, that Hannah will only be present for the duration of the class (February 22nd-26th). Class material will not be available to students after March 27th. We are unable to offer extensions.

Can I take the class on my phone?

Yes, the class can be taken on a phone, but we recommend a computer or tablet to get the most out of the experience.

Can I save the material for later use?

There will be downloadable writing exercises, but otherwise class content and videos will be accessible only through the learning platform. To prevent distribution of the material without our knowledge, students are not permitted to copy/paste the lessons but are of course welcome to take notes.

What if I can’t wait to get started?

The discussion boards will open on Tuesday, February 20th, two days before the first exercise is assigned, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform.

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. To apply,  go here. The window to request a scholarship is open through February 14th.

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 questions about the refund policy, or if you are unable to take the class after you have registered, please contact

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