Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Photo Credit: Graham Morrison

Online Class
A Writer’s Sense of Place
with Kali Fajardo-Anstine

August 19th - 23rd
Price: $75
Members: $65

This five day course is designed for any writer concerned with place and immersive settings in fiction. Many of the great writers of our time are place-based writers: Alice Munro and rural Ontario, Edward P. Jones and Washington D.C., Sandra Cisneros and Chicago. This course focuses on strengthening a writer’s ability to utilize setting in ways that push, expand, and further the idea of place and a sense of home in fiction. This class consists of readings, mini lessons, video lectures, story exercises, research tips, and generative writing prompts. The goal of this five day session is to provide students with the tools needed to create a fully realized and immersive fictional world, one layer at a time.

About Kali Fajardo-Anstine:
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of the widely acclaimed Sabrina & Corina (One World, 2019), a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her first novel, Woman of Light, will be published in 2022. She is from Denver, Colorado.

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through August 18th, 2021.
How does the class work?
Lessons will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. Classes consist of video lectures, text-based lessons, and writing activities. The class also includes discussion boards where participants can interact with one another and with Kali.
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. There are generative writing exercises and some optional reading assignments. These will not be evaluated by the instructor, but participants are welcome to share their work with other students on the discussion board.
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?
The class is designed for participants to proceed at their own pace, on their own schedule, so if you miss a day or three, no problem. All class materials will be accessible online until September 22nd, 2021. Please note, however, that Kali will be present on the discussion boards only from August 19th - 23rd.
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 handouts of course takeaways and 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 Tuesday, August 17th, two days before the class begins, 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 15th. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form.

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.

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.

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