Write with One Story II

August 10th–17th

Price: $90

Patron Price: $75

Registration Closed

Start something new this summer! In our August installment of Write with One Story, seven of our authors will lead generative fiction exercises designed for writers of all skill levels.

Each day, a different One Story contributor will present a fiction writing exercise designed to help you create a new scene, character, or sketch. Students will have an opportunity to share their work with a supportive community of writers on our message boards. The instructors will also be on hand to chat with the students about their exercise and about writing in general. Participating authors are Aamina Ahmad, Yohanca Delgado, Brad Felver, Stephen Fishbach, Josh Riedel, Shannon Sanders, and Chris Vanjonack.

This class is open for a month, and is designed to be completed at your own pace throughout the time it’s open, but note that each author 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). Please read the FAQ below the instructor bios for important information about the class.

About Aamina Ahmad:

Aamina Ahmad (OS #259, “The Red One Who Rocks”) is the author of the novel The Return of Faraz Ali (Riverhead). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her short fiction has appeared in One StoryThe Southern ReviewEcotone, and elsewhere; she is also the author of a play, The Dishonored. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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 Yohanca.com and on @yodelnyc on social media.

About Brad Felver:

Brad Felver (OS #218, “Queen Elizabeth”) is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His debut collection of stories, The Dogs of Detroit, won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Library Journal and the Washington Independent Review of Books. His fiction and essays have appeared widely in magazines such as One Story, New England Review, Colorado Review, Story, Hunger Mountain, and many others. His honors include the O. Henry Award, the Zone 3 Fiction Prize, a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He lives in Ohio with his wife and two sons.

About Stephen Fishbach:

Stephen Fishbach is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of “To Sharks” (OS #273). In addition to working on his fiction, Stephen is a TV executive who has worked with companies like MTV, BET, and Logo TV to help create socially responsible programming, somewhere between airings of Spring Break and The Challenge. In 2009 and 2015, he was on the TV show Survivor. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Find him at stephenfishbach.com

About Josh Riedel:

Josh Riedel (OS #261, “Midnight Sessions”) was the first employee at Instagram, where he worked for several years before earning his MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Passages North, and Sycamore Review. His first novel, Please Report Your Bug Here, will be published in January 2023 by Henry Holt. He lives in West Marin, California.

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 Chris Vanjonack:

Chris Vanjonack (OS #249, “Phases”) is an L.A.-based writer, teacher, and recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of the 2020 AWP Intro Journals Award, and his fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in One StoryBarrelhouseElectric LiteratureNinth LetterDIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @chrisvanjonack and read his work at chrisvanjonack.com.


When can I register for this class?

Registration is open now through August 9th, 2022.

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 September 13th, 2022. 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 September 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 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, August 8th, 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 now through August 3rd, 2022. 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.

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 maribeth@one-story.com.

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