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Lena Valencia

In-Person Generative Fiction Class
at the One Story Office
With Managing Editor Lena Valencia

Thursdays, June 6th - July 11th, 2019
(no class on July 4th)
Application Fee: $10
Price: $425
Member Price*: $400


Sometimes the hardest part about sitting down to write can be the sitting down part. With all the obligations and distractions of everyday life, finding the time to focus on your own work is a challenge in itself.

This ten-person generative class is designed for writers who are looking to restore that time. Over five weeks in our office in Brooklyn, One Story Managing Editor Lena Valencia will help writers create new work through a series of prompts, lectures, and discussions. In addition to the in-class exercises, Valencia will provide writers with tips for maintaining a sustainable writing practice. Each two-hour session will focus on a different narrative form or craft element. The goal is to leave the class with a notebook full of fresh starts and prompts that you can use well into the future. The class will meet weekly on Thursday nights from 7pm - 9pm. There will be no class on July 4th.

Because the writing that takes place in class will be in draft form, there will be no workshop element or instructor feedback, though students will be encouraged to read their work aloud. There will also be no homework, though optional reading will be assigned. This generative class is geared toward fiction writers; however there will be a handful of creative nonfiction exercises included, as well.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to jumpstart your creative process with an intimate group of motivated writers!

Instructor:
Lena Valencia is the managing editor of One Story. She’s taught at The New School, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and Catapult. Her writing has appeared in CRAFT, Joyland, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.

Application Guidelines:
This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Friday, May 24th at 11:59pm ET. There is a non-refundable $10 application fee.

To apply, go to our Submission Manager and select the “In-Person Workshop” genre.

Admissions to this class are rolling. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than May 28th. There is no writing sample required for this class. Applicants will be chosen based on their interest in and commitment to the class as demonstrated in their Personal Statement.

Application Instructions:
Please leave the “Comments” box blank.

Your Personal Statement:
Please upload a 150 - 300 word personal statement in a .pdf, .rtf, or .txt file. Your personal statement should outline where you are in your writing practice or career and what you hope to get out of the class. Please include your name and email address on the top left-hand corner of the personal statement.

Member Discount: In order to qualify for our member discount, you must be a member at the time of registration. Please note that the discount is for our members only. Members commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in the organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers are members. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member, 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.

If you have any questions, please contact lena.

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