ONE STORY publishes one great short story at a time. We bring people together through reading, writing, and learning about short fiction.
When I first started writing, I didn’t know how to tell a story. I had a lot of ideas, some descriptions, and strings of scenes that didn’t make sense together. It wasn’t until I started studying and working with editors that I began to understand structure—how to bring shape and form to the page and use it to guide a reader through my fiction from start to finish. It was like someone had handed me an X-ray machine. Suddenly I could see the backbone running through all of my favorite books and stories. So that’s how they did it, I thought. That’s how they made me feel this way.
Learning this technique changed the way I wrote. Now, I’d like to share it with you—while also having some fun. So let’s write a short story together! Through videos, PowerPoint presentations, online lectures, and message board discussions, I’ll lead you sentence by sentence, explaining each step along the way. At the end of the week, you’ll have a story with strong bones, ready to go wherever you want to take it.
This online class meets on your schedule. Each day, the next class will be automatically uploaded. You can log in any time to access the materials, watch my online video lecture, read advice on craft and form, and take the next step in our guided writing exercise. (You’ll be writing 5 sentences a day.) Have a question? Jump into the discussion boards and I’ll post an answer to the group. You’ll also be able to share your work with fellow students and connect with writers across the globe. If you fall behind—no worries!—all the class materials will be left up for an additional month for you to catch up.
Write a Short Story with Hannah Tinti will take place June 9-15. The last day for sign-up will be June 8th.
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 with Netflix. 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 hannahtinti.com.
When can I register for this class?
Registration will open in April and close June 8, 2022
How does the class work?
Lessons will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. The class also includes discussion boards where participants can interact with one another and with the instructor.
I write creative nonfiction. Is this class right for me?
One Story classes and exercises are designed with fiction writers in mind. This class is geared specificially toward short story writers, but the lessons on structure can be applied to other formats.
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 optional daily writing prompts. These will not be evaluated by the instructor.
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.
How many students are in the class?
One Story online classes are large and tend to range from 100-250 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 July 15th. Please note, however, that Hannah will only be present for the duration of the class (June 9-15th). Class material will not be available to students after July 13th. 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 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 June 7th, two days before the first lesson, 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. The window to request a scholarship is open now through June 1st. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form.
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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