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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

One Story Book Class:
Learning from
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
with One Story co-founder Hannah Tinti
June 9th - 11th, 2017

Price: $50
Members: $40
(Price includes a signed hardcover edition of the book,
shipping within the USA, and a three-day online book class.)

One Story’s Book Class is a private online book club—with perks!—for both readers and writers. Sign up today and you’ll receive a signed hardcover edition of Hannah Tinti’s new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Book and shipping are included in the price of the class. You’ll also get access to a special, three-day online course, where you’ll interact directly with Hannah and hear about the inspiration for the book, as she shares her creative process of writing and editing. We hope you’ll join us for an exciting weekend online with a vibrant community of fellow readers and writers from around the world.

About the Book:

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past—a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks. Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.

“The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.”
— Ann Patchett
“With life-or-death struggles in dramatic settings...and starring a fiercely loving, reluctant criminal and a girl of grit and wonder, Tinti has forged a breathtaking novel of violence and tenderness.”
— starred review, Booklist

About Hannah Tinti:

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 The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.

Questions about this class can be sent to .

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through June 8th. Please register before May 23rd if you would like to receive a copy of Hannah’s book prior to the class’s start date. We will ship books out until registration closes on June 8th.
How does the class work?
New lessons will be posted at 1am ET. There will be discussion boards dedicated to discussing writing projects and sharing writing exercises with other students. There will also be a discussion board for talking directly to Hannah.
Is participation on the discussion board required?
No, it’s optional; participants are welcome to jump into the conversation or sit back and observe.
Do I need to read the book to take part in the class?
No. Though reading the book will help you get more out of the class. Hannah will also be giving “closer looks” to sections of the novel, discuss how she wrote them, and will include excerpts for the group to read and discuss.
Is there homework?
There will be optional writing exercises included for people interested in taking part. These will not be evaluated by Hannah, but participants are welcome to share their work on the discussion board if they choose to.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about 30-60 minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the optional 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 July 1st. Please note, however, that Hannah will only be available during the dates of the class.
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 June 6th, three days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.