Summer Lecture Series

July 24th-30th

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 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 Jennifer Baker, Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Yohanca Delgado, Jenzo DuQue, Lincoln Michel, Susan Perabo, and Jeanne Thornton

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 on Zoom.

Monday, July 24th: Jennifer Baker

Tuesday, July 25th: Jeanne Thornton

Wednesday, July 26th: Lincoln Michel

Thursday, July 27th: Yohanca Delgado

Friday, July 28th: Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Saturday, July 29th: Susan Perabo

Sunday, July 30th: Jenzo DuQue

About Jennifer Baker:

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of 20 years, the creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, a faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University and a writing consultant at Baruch College. Formerly a contributing editor to Electric Literature, she received a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay “What We Aren’t (or the Ongoing Divide)” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and the author of the forthcoming YA novel Forgive Me Not (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2023). She has volunteered with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books and I, Too Arts Collective, and spoken widely on topics of inclusion, the craft of writing/editing, podcasting, and the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is: (Photo: Gabby Deimeke)

About Jeanne Thornton:

Jeanne Thornton is the author of Summer Fun, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, as well as The Dream of Doctor Bantam and The Black Emerald. She is the coeditor, with Tara Madison Avery, of We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, and the copublisher of Instar Books. Her writing has appeared in n+1, WIRED, Harper’s Bazaar, The Evergreen Review, and other places. She lives in Brooklyn.

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 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 of The Brooklyn Review. Jenzo has been awarded fellowships with Shenandoah, PERIPLUS Collective, and The Aspen Institute. His writing has been published widely, as well as anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2021 and Best Microfiction 2022. Born in Chicago, he lives in Brooklyn. Read more at!


When can I register for this class?

Registration is open now through July 17th, 2024 (but note that you must register before the series ends on July 30th for access to the live lectures.

How does the class work?

The video lectures will take place according to the above schedule. On Monday, July 17th, Lecture Series 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 live.

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 12th. 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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