Hannah Tinti

Online Class
Write a Short Story
with Hannah Tinti

June 10th - 16th
Price: $90
Members and previous Write a Short Story students*: $75

Write a Short Story is back! Now a yearly event with mix of new students and returnees, this seven day online course takes you step by step through writing a short story, in just five sentences a day.

When I first started writing, I didn’t know how to tell a story. I had a lot of ideas, some descriptions, and strings of scenes that didn’t make sense together. It wasn’t until I started studying and working with editors that I began to understand structure—how to bring shape and form to the page and use it to guide a reader through my fiction from start to finish. It was like someone had handed me an X-ray machine. Suddenly I could see the backbone running through all of my favorite books and stories. So that’s how they did it, I thought. That’s how they made me feel this way.

Learning this technique changed the way I wrote. Now, I’d like to share it with you—while also having some fun. So let’s write a short story together! Through videos, PowerPoint presentations, online lectures, and message board discussions, I’ll lead you sentence by sentence, explaining each step along the way. At the end of the week, you’ll have a story with strong bones, ready to go wherever you want to take it.

This online class meets on your schedule. Each day, the next class will be automatically uploaded. You can log in any time to access the materials, watch my online video lecture, read advice on craft and form, and take the next step in our guided writing exercise. (You’ll be writing five sentences a day.) Have a question? Jump into the discussion boards and I’ll post an answer to the group. You’ll also be able to share your work with fellow students and connect with writers across the globe. If you fall behind—no worries!—all the class materials will be left up for an additional month for you to catch up.

Write a Short Story with Hannah Tinti will take place June 10th - 16th. The last day for sign-up will be Wednesday, June 9th.

About Hannah Tinti:
Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. She is also the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller, a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and has been optioned for television. She co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy and has taught writing at New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia University’s MFA program, CUNY, and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. For more information visit

What former students say about Write a Short Story:

“The best explanation of the short story form I have ever had. After only one week, using the tools Hannah shared, I have strong bones for an acceptable, well-organized short story.”

“This class was exactly what I needed to get started with writing again.”

“Hannah really opened my eyes to a whole new way of writing a short story.”

“Hannah’s distillation of the story process was clear and effective, but more importantly, charming, engaging, and immensely memorable. In a week, I created a functional rough draft of one story and the framework for two more because the exercises were so helpful and accessible.”

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through June 9th.
How does the class work?
Lessons will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. Classes consist of video lectures, presentations, and writing activities. The class also includes discussion boards where participants can interact with one another and with Hannah.
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. Each day you will write five sentences in response to a prompt. 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 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 July 14th. Please note, however, that Hannah will be present on the discussion boards only from June 10th - 16th.
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 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, June 8th, 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 May 31st. 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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