Write with One Story

Online Class
Write with One Story
January 24th - 30th, 2019

Price: $65
Members* : $50

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

Each day, Maribeth will introduce you to a One Story editor who will lead you through a writing exercise designed to help you create a new scene, character, or sketch. The editor 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 editors are Ann Napolitano, Patrick Ryan, Hannah Tinti, and Lena Valencia. For those of you who participated in this class in 2017 and 2018, 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 with the editors. Sharing work is optional.

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 28th, 2018.


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.

Ann Napolitano, Associate Editor
Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach and the associate editor at One Story. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. For more information please visit

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 or is forthcoming 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 23rd.
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 editors. Each editor will be available to interact with on the discussion board at a designated timeslot during the day that they are conducting their writing exercise. On the fifth day you’ll have a chance to revise something you worked on in class. Maribeth will be on hand all six days 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 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 28th. 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 24th through 30th.
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 Tuesday, January 22nd, three 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.

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