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Will Allison

Online Class
Become Your Own Best Editor: Learning from Laura Spence-Ash’s “The Remains” with Will Allison

April 24th - 30th, 2019
Price: $90
Members* and previous BYOBE students: $75

Contributing Editor Will Allison’s popular course offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at One Story’s editorial process. Daily online lessons will guide you through a case study of an author’s first published story, “The Remains” by Laura Spence-Ash. You’ll follow the story from submission to publication—studying actual marked-up drafts and extensive author-editor correspondence.

The seven-day course includes daily online lessons, assignments, and a discussion board where you can share ideas and manuscripts with other writers who are committed to becoming better editors of their own work. Learn to bring the same sharp editorial eye to your own writing that One Story editors bring to each issue.

Note: In the past, we offered a section of this course featuring a different story, “Claire, The Whole World” by Jonathan Durbin. The format of both courses is the same, but the content is different, so if you found the other section helpful, we recommend this one too!

About Will Allison:
Former executive editor of Story and former editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. He has taught at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, Butler University, Indiana University–Purdue University, and elsewhere. Since 2011, he has served as a contributing editor and workshop teacher for One Story. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey, and is the recipient of a 2019 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, please visit

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through April 23rd.
How does the class work?
Daily lessons will be posted at 1am ET. The class also includes discussion boards where participants can interact with one another, with Will, and, for one day, with Laura Spence-Ash.
Is there homework?
The class includes reading assignments (i.e., drafts of “The Remains”) and optional discussion questions. There are no homework assignments to be handed in.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about 45 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 May 30th. Please note, however, that the instructor will be present on the discussion board from April 24th - 30th only.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access all class materials.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Monday, April 22nd, two days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.

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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