Write with One Story 2024

January 17th-22nd

Class Type: Asynchronous

Price: $75

Patron Price*: $55

Registration Closed
The encouraging environment of this class—from the instructors and One Story staff members to the participants—put me in the right mindset to start the year off writing each morning. I'm grateful for the writing habit this community helped to foster! Write with One Story 2022 Student

Start your New Year by getting new work on the page! Join One Story Publisher Maribeth Batcha and One Story authors and editors for this online generative fiction writing class designed for writers of all skill levels.

Each day, Maribeth will introduce you to a One Story author or editor who will lead you through a fiction writing exercise designed to help you create a new scene, character, or sketch. This instructor will be on hand to chat with students about the exercise and about writing in general on the class message boards. This year’s instructors are Libby Flores, Manuel Gonzales, Gwen E. Kirby, Shannon Sanders, and Hannah Tinti.

Maribeth will do the exercises along with you and discuss the process. You’ll also have the opportunity to become part of an active writing community on our discussion board, where you can share work with your fellow writers and talk to the instructors about the exercises.

The class is designed to be done on your own time and at your own pace, but note that each editor will be available to answer questions for only one day during the class period (the schedule will be released on the welcome day of class). Class materials will be accessible online until 11:59pm UTC February 20th, 2024 (6:59pm ET).

About Libby Flores:

Libby Flores’ writing has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewPloughsharesTin House/The Open BarAmerican Short FictionGagosian QuarterlyMc Sweeney’sThe Guardian, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Libby is a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Currently, she is the Associate Publisher at BOMB Magazine. Libby holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She lives in Brooklyn, but will always be a Texan. She is represented by Sarah Bowlin at Aevitas Creative Management. libbyflores.com

About Manuel Gonzales:

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the collection, The Miniature Wife and other stories, as well as the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! He currently serves as the fiction editor for The Bennington Review and as a contributing editor for American Short Fiction and One Story magazine. He lives in New England where he teaches literature and creative writing at Bennington College and serves as a faculty member for the Bennington Writing Seminars.

About Gwen E. Kirby:

Gwen E. Kirby is the author of the debut collection Shit Cassandra Saw. She has an MFA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Her stories appear in One Story, Tin House, Guernica, Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. Currently, she is the associate director of programs and finance for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference at the University of the South, where she also teaches creative writing.

About Shannon Sanders:

Shannon Sanders is the author of the linked short story collection Company. Her short fiction has appeared in One StoryThe Sewanee ReviewThe Virginia Quarterly ReviewTriQuarterlyJoyland, and elsewhere, and has received a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She lives near Washington, DC with her husband and three sons.

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 hannahtinti.com.


When can I register for this class?

Registration will open shortly and remain open through January 16th, 2024.

How does the class work?

Writing exercises will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the instructors. Each instructor will be available to interact with students on the discussion board for a 24-hour period after their exercise is released.

I write poetry and/or creative nonfiction. Is this class right for me?

While some of the techniques can be applied to other kinds of writing, this class, as with all One Story classes, is designed with fiction writers in mind.

Is participation on the discussion boards required?

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

Is there homework?

Yes. The class is built around generative writing exercises. Sharing these is optional.

Will instructors provide feedback on my exercises?

No. Exercises will not be evaluated by the instructors.  Students are welcome to share their work with each other for student feedback on the designated discussion boards.

How much time will the class take?

Plan to spend about one hour 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 11:59pm UTC February 20th, 2024. Please note, however, that the instructors will only be present for a 24-hour window when their lesson is being taught. Class material will not be available to students after February 20th. 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 lives on 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 Monday, January 19th, 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. The window to request a scholarship is open through January 10th. 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.

Refund Policy: This 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 maribeth@one-story.com.

If you have any questions, please contact edu.support@one-story.com.