Will Allison

In-Person Workshop at the One Story Office
With Contributing Editor Will Allison

October 21st - November 18th, 2015
Application Fee: $10
Price: $490

Whether you’re struggling with a first draft or a tenth, One Story’s fall workshop will help you develop a clear plan for revising your manuscript. Along the way, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of fiction’s inner workings, become part of a close-knit literary community, and meet one-on-one with your instructor, bestselling author and One Story Contributing ​Editor Will Allison.​ The class will consist of 10 students and will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9:30pm at the One Story Inc. office in Gowanus, Brooklyn.


Former executive editor of Story and former editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, Will Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. Since 2011, he has served as a contributing editor and workshop teacher for One Story. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.willallison.com.

Application Guidelines:

This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is September 24th, 2015. There is a $10 application fee. All submissions must be sent through One Story’s Submission Manager. Choose the genre “In-Person Workshop Fall 2015 with Will Allison” when submitting your application. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 1st, 2015.

We are seeking applicants who are excited about a career in fiction writing and ready for a fun and productive workshop. Applicants will be chosen based on the strength of their portfolio and their personal statement.

The Portfolio: Your submitted portfolio should contain up to 20 pages of fiction that you would like to workshop during the week. Submissions should follow this format:

  • Word document (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Up to 20 pages
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 pt. font
  • 1 inch margins
  • Use asterisks to indicate space breaks
  • No header or footer
  • Include author name on first page
  • Include author address and email on first page
  • Please ID your work as a short story or novel excerpt
  • Please include a title for your work (even if it is “untitled”)

The Personal Statement: On the submission form in the “comments” box, please include a 150-300 word personal statement explaining why you would like to attend the ​workshop and where you are in your writing career. Applications without a personal statement will not be considered.


Application Fee: $10
Workshop Fee: $490

If you have any questions, please contact .

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