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Write with One Story

Online Class
Write with One Story
January 21st - 27th, 2020

Price: $70
Members*: $60

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. The last day of class will be a chance for you to revise your work. Participating writers and editors are Lisa Ko, Lillian Li, Patrick Ryan, Hannah Tinti, and Lena Valencia. 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 February 27th, 2020.


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.

Lisa Ko, Author
Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, which 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 and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. The Leavers was named a best book of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Los Angeles Times, Electric Literature, and others. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, the New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was born and lives in New York City.

Lillian Li, Author
Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, which was an NPR Best Book of 2018, and longlisted for the Women’s Prize. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

Patrick Ryan, Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Ryan is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, as well as the novel-in-stories Send Me and three novels for young adults. His work has been included in the Best American Short Stories, Tin House, Crazyhorse, Tales of Two Cities and elsewhere. The former associate editor of Granta, he is editor-in-chief of both One Story and One Teen Story. For more information, please visit

Hannah Tinti, Co-Founder & Executive Editor
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. For more information, please visit

Lena Valencia, Managing Editor
Lena Valencia has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and served as a bookseller and events coordinator at The powerHouse Arena. Her writing has appeared in CRAFT, Joyland, BOMB, the Masters Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Fiction from The New School, and teaches at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Catapult.

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through January 21st, 2020.
How does the class work?
Writing exercises will be posted at 1am Eastern time. 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 at a designated timeslot during the day that 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 27th, 2020. Please note, however, that the instructors will be present on the discussion board from on the day their lesson goes live, and Maribeth will only be on the board January 21st through 27th.
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, January 20th, two days before the first exercise is assigned, 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.

If you have any questions, please contact lena.