Write with One Story

Online Class
Write with One Story
January 26th - February 1st, 2017

Price: $60
Members: $50

Start your New Year by getting new work on the page! Join One Story Publisher Maribeth Batcha and the entire One Story editorial team for this seven-day online generative writing class designed for writers of all skill levels.

Each day, Maribeth will introduce you to a One Story editor who will lead you through a writing exercise designed to help you create a new scene, character, or sketch. Maribeth will do the exercises along with you. She’ll join you on the class discussion boards, where you can talk about the exercises, meet the editors who created the assignments, and become part of an active writing community. Sharing work is optional.

The class is designed to be done on your own time and at your own pace. Participating editors are Will Allison, Karen Friedman, Patrick Ryan, Ann Napolitano, and Hannah Tinti. Each editor will be available to answer questions for one day during the class. The schedule will be released prior to the start of class. Class materials will be accessible online until February 18th, 2017.


Maribeth Batcha, Co-Founder & Publisher
Maribeth Batcha is the publisher and co-founder of One Story. She has worked in magazine circulation for over 25 years for titles including Diabetes Self-Management, Lingua Franca, University Business, The New York Review of Books, Working Mother, and The Progressive. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and needs to find more time to write.

Will Allison, Contributing Editor
One Story Contributing Editor Will Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left, a San Francisco Chronicle notable book, and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, One Story, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Before joining One Story in 2011, Will served as executive editor of Story, editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, and as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Columbia University and elsewhere. As a freelance editor specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction, he works one-on-one with a wide range of new and established authors. For more information please visit

Karen Friedman, Contributing Editor
Karen Friedman has been a contributing editor at One Story since 2010. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey with her family.

Ann Napolitano, Associate Editor
Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach and the associate editor at One Story. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. For more information please visit

Patrick Ryan, Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Ryan is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, as well as the novel-in-stories Send Me and three novels for young adults. His work has been included in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, Crazyhorse, Tales of Two Cities, and elsewhere. The former associate editor of Granta, he is editor-in-chief of both One Story and One Teen Story. For more information, please visit

Hannah Tinti, Co-Founder & Executive Editor
Hannah Tinti is co-founder and executive editor of One Story. She is also the award-winning author of three works of fiction: Animal Crackers, The Good Thief, and a forthcoming novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, due out on March 28th. For more information, please visit

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through January 25th.
How does the class work?
Writing exercises will be posted at midnight Eastern time. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the editors. Editors will be available on the discussion board during the days that they are conducting their writing exercises. Maribeth will be on hand all five days to talk about the exercises.
Is participation on the discussion board required?
No, it’s optional; participants are welcome to jump into the conversation or sit back and observe.
Is there homework?
Yes. The class is built around generative writing exercises. These will not be evaluated by the instructors, but participants are welcome to share their work on the discussion board.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about forty-five minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion board.
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 February 18th. Please note, however, that the instructors will be present on the discussion board only on the days their lessons go live, and Maribeth will be on the board January 26th - February 1st.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access the full range of class materials.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Tuesday, January 24th, three days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.

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