Write with One Story

Online Class
Write with One Story

January 20th - 26th
Price: $90
Members*: $75

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 fiction 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 fiction 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, Jenzo DuQue, Manuel Gonzales, Patrick Ryan, Hannah Tinti, and Jenn Alandy Trahan. 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 work 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 23rd, 2022.

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through January 19th, 2022.
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.
I write creative nonfiction. Is this class right for me?
While some of the techniques can be applied to creative nonfiction pieces, this class, as with all One Story classes, is designed with fiction writers in mind.
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 45 minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion boards.
How many students are in the class?
One Story online classes are large and tend to range from 100-250 students.
What if I want to take the class, but the dates don’t work for me?
All class materials will be accessible online until February 23rd, 2022. Please note, however, that the instructors will only be present for a 24-hour window when their lesson is being taught. Class material will not be available to students after February 23rd. We are unable to offer extensions.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Yes, the class can be taken on a phone, 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 downloadable writing exercises, but otherwise class content lives on the learning platform. To prevent distribution of the material without our knowledge, students are not permitted to copy/paste the lessons but are of course welcome to take notes.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion boards will open on Tuesday, January 18th, two days before the first exercise is assigned, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform.
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. The window to request a scholarship is open now through January 11th, 2022. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form.

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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