The Workshop for Writers
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July 19th - 24th, 2015

“Attending the One Story workshop is, so far, the single best thing I have done for myself as a writer.”
— Kimberly Kalaja, Summer Workshop Participant, 2014

This summer, One Story will offer its annual, intimate, week-long writing workshop for emerging writers, hosted at the home of One Story, the historic Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

Each day will begin with a three-hour intensive writing workshop of about 10 students, led by One Story authors/editors Will Allison and Patrick Ryan. Afternoons will focus on writing exercises and craft lectures led by One Story Editor-in-Chief Hannah Tinti and other established writers, exploring fiction’s most important elements. Evenings will feature panel discussions with agents, editors, and industry professionals. Over the course of the week, students will work toward completing a publishable manuscript, create new work, and build long-lasting ties with the New York literary community.

“I learned so much this week, and it was good for me in so many ways. My only regret is that I didn’t take it earlier.”
— Tara Lindis, Summer Workshop, 2014
“The intimate size of the group and the talented One Story folks made for a magical week! This course had the smartest, most thoughtful group of readers I’ve ever had in a workshop.”
— Ellen Weeren, Summer Workshop 2014
“I’ve been to other workshops, but the information I was given here at One Story 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, 2013


Will Allison

Will Allison: Former executive editor of Story and former editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, 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

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan: Patrick Ryan is the author of the story collection Send Me and the novels Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His newest story collection will be published in early 2016 by Random House. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, One Story, Tin House, The Iowa Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. From 2009 to 2013, he was the associate editor of Granta, where he commissioned, edited, and published work that went on to appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Non-Required Reading, The PEN O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize anthology. He is a teacher at One Story, editor-in-chief of One Teen Story, and lives in New York City.

Application Guidelines:

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

The deadline to apply for the workshop is April 3rd, 2015. There is a $20 application fee. All submissions must be sent through One Story’s submission manager. Choose the genre “Workshop for Writers 2015” when submitting your application. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 17th, 2015.

We are seeking applicants who are excited about a career in fiction writing and ready for a fun and productive week. 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 program and where you are in your writing career. Applications without a personal statement will not be considered.

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

Fees and Lodging:

Application Fee: $20

Workshop Fee: $1,400 (Member Rate: $1,300)

The cost of the workshop includes:

  • Workshops, craft lectures, and panels
  • Coffee, tea, and 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.

If you have any questions, please contact .

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