Write with One Story

Online Class
Write with One Story
January 21st - 26th

Price: $75
Members*: $65

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

Each day, Maribeth will introduce you to a One Story author or editor who will lead you through a writing exercise designed to help you create a new scene, character, or sketch. This instructor will be on hand to chat with students about the exercise and about writing in general on the class message boards. Participating writers and editors are Will Allison, Karen Friedman, Manuel Gonzales, Lisa Ko, and Hannah Tinti. For those of you who participated in this class in prior years, note that we’ll be leading all new exercises this time around.

Maribeth will do the exercises along with you and discuss the process. You’ll also have the opportunity to become part of an active writing community on our discussion board, where you can share ideas with your fellow writers and talk to the instructors about the exercises.

The class is designed to be done on your own time and at your own pace, but note that each editor will be available to answer questions for only one day during the class period (the schedule will be released on the welcome day of class). Class materials will be accessible online until 11:59pm UTC February 24th, 2021.


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. In addition to circulation consulting, she currently does marketing and development copywriting for not-for-profits, including the 92nd Street Y and the National Academy Foundation. She has a BA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Will Allison, Contributing Editor
Former executive editor of Story and former editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, Will Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. He joined One Story in 2011 as a contributing editor and teacher. He lives with his family in New Jersey, where he works as an independent editor for hire. For more information please visit

Lisa Ko, Author
Lisa Ko’s first novel, The Leavers, was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.

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.

Manuel Gonzales, Contributing Editor
Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead, 2012), winner of the Sue Kaufmann Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! (Riverhead, 2016), winner of an Alex Award from the YALSA, and he remembers with great excitement, even fourteen years later, the day Hannah Tinti reached out to tell him the editors at One Story would like to publish his story. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at Bennington College and is a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Hannah Tinti, Co-Founder & Executive Editor
Hannah Tinti is 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 most recent novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller 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. Tinti is also the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, and the PEN/Magid Award for Excellence in Editing. For more information please visit

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through January 20th, 2021.
How does the class work?
Writing exercises will be posted nightly at 11:59pm UTC. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the instructors. Each instructor will be available to interact with on the discussion board for a 24-hour period when they are conducting their writing exercise. Maribeth will be on hand throughout the class 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 instructor, but participants are welcome to share their work with each other on the designated 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 24th, 2021. Please note, however, that the instructors will be present on the discussion board on the day their lesson goes live, and Maribeth will only be on the board January 21st through 26th.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Yes, the class can be taken on a mobile device, 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 some downloadable PDFs of exercises provided by the instructor, but otherwise class content lives on the learning platform. Students are not permitted to copy/paste the lessons to prevent distribution of the material without our knowledge, but are of course welcome to take notes.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Tuesday, January 19th, two days before the first exercise is assigned, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.
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. Please email Lena Valencia at lena for more information.

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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