Summer Lecture Series

Price: $65

Patron Price: $55

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 Summer Lecture Series. 

Lecture Series buyers will gain exclusive access to our library of recordings of craft lectures from our 2023 Summer Writers’ Conference through July 2024. This year features Jennifer Baker, Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Yohanca Delgado, Jenzo DuQue, Lincoln Michel, Susan Perabo, and Jeanne Thornton, plus an interview with author Tania James by One Story editor-in-chief Patrick Ryan.

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

Craft Lecture Topics

Voice as a Mode for Storytelling with Jennifer Baker

You Probably Think This Song Is About You: Techniques for Writing in Second Person with Jeanne Thornton

Worldbuilding in This World and Others with Lincoln Michel

Revision Is the Party with Yohanca Delgado

Mystery, Suspense, Tension: Surprise! with Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Hard Openings with Susan Perabo

Sustaining Creative Practice with Jenzo DuQue

About Jennifer Baker:

Jennifer Baker is an author/editor, the creator & host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and on faculty at Bay Path University’s MFA program in creative nonfiction. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA grant and Queens Council on the Arts grant in Nonfiction. She is the editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018) and the author of Forgive Me Not (2023), a finalist for the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an NYPL 2023 Best Book for Teens and 2023 Best of the Best by the BCALA. Her website is: (Photo: Gabby Deimeke)

About Jeanne Thornton:

Jeanne Thornton is the author of Summer Fun, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, A/S/L (forthcoming), The Dream of Doctor Bantam, and The Black Emerald. She’s the coeditor, with Tara Madison Avery, of We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, as well as the copublisher of Instar Books. Her work has appeared at n+1, Wired, Harper’s Bazaar, and other places. She lives in Brooklyn, and more information is available at

About Lincoln Michel:

Lincoln Michel’s debut novel, The Body Scout (Orbit), was named one of the ten best SFF books of 2021 by The New York Times and one of the fifty best science fiction novels of all time by Esquire. He is also the author of the story collection Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press) and his fiction can be found in The Paris Review, Granta, Lightspeed, NOON, One Story, and elsewhere. You can find him online at and his newsletter Counter Craft. (Photo: Adalena Kavanagh)

About Yohanca Delgado:

Yohanca Delgado is a 2021-2023 Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Her recent fiction appears in The Best American Short Stories 2022, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2022, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021, The Paris Review, One Story, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her recent essays appear in TIME, The Believer, and New York Times Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University and is a graduate of the 2019 Clarion workshop. You can find her online at and on @yodelnyc on social media.

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 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 Jenzo DuQue:

Jenzo DuQue is a Colombian American writer, editor, and teacher. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he served as an editor for The Brooklyn Review. Jenzo has been awarded fellowships with PERIPLUS Collective, Shenandoah, The Aspen Institute, and Yaddo. Jenzo’s work has been published widely, as well as anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2021 and in Best Microfiction 2022. His debut short story collection is forthcoming with Viking Books. Find him at or @papiwhathappen.


When can I register for this class?

Registration is open now through July 17th, 2024.

How does the class work?

Upon registration, Lecture Series buyers will receive an invitation to a classroom on Thinkific, our online learning partner, which will contain videos of the lectures along with links handouts (when relevant) and chat transcripts from the live lectures.

Will I be able to interact with the lecturers?

No, these are pre-recorded lectures.

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?

The window for requesting a scholarship to this class has closed. If the cost of the class is a significant burden, please email

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 7/24/23.  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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