Will Allison

Online Class
Write a Great Beginning
with Will Allison
April 2nd - 7th, 2020

Price: $75
Members* and previous Write a Great Beginning Students: $60

In Write a Great Beginning with Will Allison, you’ll spend six days learning how to craft a story opening that will make readers eager to turn the page.

Three days will be devoted to lessons, and three days will be devoted to writing. On the lesson days, you will learn from other writers’ work. On the writing days, you’ll work on your own fiction:

This class is designed for writers of all experience levels who want to write better beginnings. Though the class focuses on short stories, most of the content also applies to novels. Lessons will include tips, examples, daily assignments, and discussion threads designed to deepen your understanding of what makes an effective beginning. You will also have the chance to participate in a vibrant online writing community and to share your work with the rest of the class on our discussion board.

About Will Allison:
Before joining One Story as a contributing editor in 2011, Will Allison served as executive editor of Story and editor-at-large of Zoetrope: All-Story. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, and elsewhere. He is the author of two novels, What You Have Left, named a notable book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, One Story, Zoetrope: All-Story, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. As a freelance editor specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction, he works one-on-one with both new and established authors. For more info, please visit

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through April 1st.
How does the class work?
Three days will be devoted to lessons and lesson-based assignments, and three days will be devoted to generative writing exercises. Each day’s material will be posted at 1am Eastern Time. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with Will.
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.
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. Each day includes a lesson-based assignment or a generative writing exercise. These will not be evaluated by the instructor, 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 assignments or 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 you to proceed at your own pace, on your own schedule, so if you miss a day or three, no problem. All class materials will be accessible online until May 7th. Please note, however, that Will will be available on the discussion board only from April 2nd to April 7th.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Monday, March 30th, three days before the first lesson, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform.

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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