Applications to the workshop are now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered.

Can Factory

Summer Writers Conference
Join One Story in Brooklyn
July 24th - 29th, 2016

This summer, One Story will offer our annual, intimate, week-long writing conference for emerging writers, hosted in our home, the historic Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

Each day will begin with a three-hour intensive writing workshop of about 10 students, led by One Story authors/editors Will Allison and Patrick Ryan. Afternoons will focus on writing exercises and craft lectures led by established writers and editors, exploring fiction’s most important elements. Evenings will feature panel discussions with agents, editors, and industry professionals. Over the course of the week, students will work toward completing a publishable manuscript, create new work, and build long-lasting ties with the New York literary community.

“Attending the One Story workshop is, so far, the single best thing I have done for myself as a writer.”
— Kimberly Kalaja, Summer Workshop Participant, 2014
“Participation in this workshop was a game changer for me. Thank you, One Story!”
— Jennifer Kircher Carr, Summer Workshop, 2015
“I learned so much this week, and it was good for me in so many ways. My only regret is that I didn’t take it earlier.”
— Tara Lindis, Summer Workshop, 2014
“The intimate size of the group and the talented One Story folks made for a magical week! This course had the smartest, most thoughtful group of readers I’ve ever had in a workshop.”
— Ellen Weeren, Summer Workshop 2014
“I’ve been to other workshops, but the information I was given here at One Story makes me feel like I’m ‘officially in the club.’ No one had ever explained the slush pile or how to get out of it. Everyone was so generous with information. I feel really pumped and excited for new stories and to revise older ones.”
— Jess Pane, Summer Workshop, 2013


Will Allison Will Allison: Former executive editor of Story and former editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. Since 2011, he has served as a contributing editor and workshop teacher for One Story. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey. For more information, please visit

Patrick Ryan Patrick Ryan: Patrick Ryan is the author of the short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts and the novels Send Me, Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Crazyhorse, One Story, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. From 2009 to 2013, he was the associate editor of Granta. He is a teacher at One Story and The CUNY Writers’ Institute, and he is the editor of One Teen Story. For more information, please visit

Sample Conference Schedule

10:00am - 10:30am
Coffee & Tea will be served

10:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop with One Story Editors & Authors Patrick Ryan and Will Allison
Every morning, you will read and constructively talk about one another’s work, while Patrick Ryan and Will Allison lead the discussion and teach you how to make good writing great.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Choose your lunch from a menu with a variety of options each morning. Last year, the workshop was catered by Runner & Stone, a local Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant.

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Craft lecture with Guest Author/Editor
Afternoon craft lectures will be given by guest authors and editors. An example from last year’s Conference: “Pay Attention to Your Obsessions” This craft lecture with author and One Story Editor Ann Napolitano explores ways to use your own personal interests to unlock and uncover hidden themes and possibilities in your work. Starting with a generative writing exercise, Ann teaches you how to notice and nurture the subjects, objects, and relationships that spark your imagination, and discusses ways to use these critical eccentricities to enhance the stories you’re trying to tell.

4:30pm - 6:30pm
Break/Student Free Time
There’s plenty to explore in Brooklyn! During the break, you are encouraged to visit some of the local coffee shops, bookstores, bars, and museums outlined in a guide provided (and made) by One Story staff. This is also a good time to catch up on some reading or take a walk in nearby Prospect Park.

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Agent panel
This evening will offer you the opportunity to meet with some of New York’s finest agents. Past guests have included Sarah Burnes, Claudia Ballard, Samantha Shea and Jim Rutman. Agents will answer your questions about getting an agent and offer their own stories and advice from the frontlines of the industry. One Story’s Hannah Tinti will moderate.

8:00pm - 9:00pm
Cheese and wine reception
After the panel, you’ll have a chance to talk one-on-one with these agents over a glass of wine, and ask more in-depth questions on the authors and books they represent.

Application Guidelines:

The One Story Workshop for Writers is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is April 11th, 2016. There is a $20 application fee. All submissions must be sent through One Story’s Submission Manager. Choose the genre “Workshop for Writers 2016” when submitting your application. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 26th, 2016.

We are seeking applicants who are excited about a career in fiction writing and ready for a fun and productive week. Applicants will be chosen based on the strength of their portfolio and their personal statement.

The Portfolio: Your submitted portfolio should contain up to 20 pages of fiction that you would like to workshop during the week. Submissions should follow this format:

The Personal Statement: On the submission form in the “comments” box, please include a 150-300 word personal statement explaining why you would like to attend the program and where you are in your writing career. Applications without a personal statement will not be considered.

Applications to the workshop are now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered.

Fees and Lodging:

Application Fee: $20

Workshop Fee: $1,400 (Member Rate: $1,300)

The cost of the workshop includes:

Housing is not provided for the Summer Workshop. New York offers many housing opportunities in all price ranges. We will assist accepted students in finding housing that fits their budget and needs.

A Note for Commuters: If you’re thinking of commuting, please know that each day follows the same basic schedule outlined above. There is usually a break between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. All events will take place in or around The Can Factory in Park Slope/Gowanus.

If you have any questions, please contact .