The Workshop for Writers
Join One Story at The Center for Fiction!
July 13th - 18th, 2014
“I’ve been to other workshops, but the information I was given makes me feel like I’m “officially in the club”. No one had ever explained the slush pile or how to get out of it. Everyone was so generous with information. I feel really pumped and excited for new stories and to revise older ones.” — Jess Pane, Summer Workshop Participant 2013

This summer One Story will be offering its annual intimate week-long writing workshop for emerging writers hosted by the Center For Fiction.

Each day will begin with a three-hour intensive writing workshop of no more than 10 students. Afternoons will focus on site-specific writing exercises in Manhattan led by Editor-in-Chief Hannah Tinti, and informative craft lectures from established authors, exploring fiction’s most important elements. Evenings will feature panel discussions with agents, editors, and other industry professionals. Over the course of the week, students will work towards completing a publishable manuscript while creating new work, as well as long-lasting ties with the New York literary community.

“I feel much more confident about pursuing a writing career after the workshop. The thing I wasn’t necessarily expecting was the thing that I’ve come to appreciate the most: an overwhelming feeling of community and camaraderie, and I absolutely believe the relationships developed at the workshop will carry on long into our careers.” — Eric Fershtman, Summer Workshop Participant 2010
“It was obvious from the beginning that this was a workshop designed by people who care about the future of fiction and who invest in that future.” — Sarah Broderick, Summer Workshop Participant 2010

Application Guidelines

The One Story Workshop for Writers is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older.

Applications are open through May 5, 2014. We will be admitting students on a rolling basis so apply today. There is a $20 application fee.

Applications to the Workshop for Writers are now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered.

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 be double-spaced in no smaller than 12-point type. We prefer that portfolios be submitted as PDF or RTF documents.

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

We are seeking applicants who are excited about a career in fiction writing and ready for a fun and productive week.

Fees and Lodging

Application Fee: $20

Workshop Fee: $1400 (Member Rate: $1300)

The cost of the workshop includes:
  • Workshops, craft lectures, and panels
  • Lunch daily
  • Welcome reception
  • Evening wine and cheese receptions
  • Final reading and dinner

Housing is not provided for the Summer Workshop. New York offers many housing opportunities in all price ranges. We will assist accepted students in finding housing that fits their budget and needs.

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