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Writing Circle

One Story Writing Circle

Application Fee: $10
Price: $525
Member Price*: $475


The One Story Writing Circle is a year-long education program and accountability group, hosted and moderated by One Story.

When you join the One Story Writing Circle, you join a small cohort of fiction writers looking to devote a year to improving their craft and process. Circle members will receive access to all of One Story’s online classes for the 2020 calendar year (a total of 7 courses). In addition, they will have access to monthly online meetings designed to help them set goals and create and maintain their writing practice, surrounded by a supportive community of writers from across the country and the world. As with One Story’s other online course offerings, the Writing Circle is geared toward fiction writers.

At these online meetings, facilitated by One Story staff, Circle members will set personal writing objectives, both creative and professional. Each meeting will also feature motivational essays, writing prompts, and resources aimed at helping writers achieve their targets, such as word counts, revision pages or submission numbers. One Story will track individual and group goals so we can celebrate our progress together each month. At the December 2020 meeting, Circle members will celebrate and take stock of all they have accomplished during the year.

While there will be space for writers to share questions and ideas with each other, there will be no individual evaluations or reviews. The One Story Writing Circle is not a place for criticism or critique. It is a supportive space to help you reach your writing goals.

The Writing Circle will launch on January 14th, 2020 and will be limited to 25 students. Writers can be at any level, but to ensure a consistent and committed community, all applications must be received by January 6th, 2020 and writers must commit to the full year. Applications will consist only of a statement of intent. We are seeking writers who are excited to be a part of a group environment and ready to get to work.

The One Story Writing Circle costs $475 for One Story members and $525 for non-members, roughly the price of one in-person writing workshop.

What you get:

How to Apply:
We are seeking applicants who are ready to spend 2020 committed to their writing goals. Applicants will be chosen based on their interest in and commitment to the class as demonstrated in their Personal Statement. There is no writing sample required for this class. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on January 6th. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than January 10th.

Application Instructions:
Applications to the One Story Writing Circle will be taken via Submission Manager. If you already have a One Story account, you can login and choose the “Writing Circle” genre. Please leave the “Comments” box blank and upload your personal statement.

Your Personal Statement:
Please upload a 150 - 300 word personal statement in a PDF, RTF, or TXT file. Your personal statement should be a brief overview of your current writing project and your writing goals for 2020. Please include your name and email address on the top left-hand corner of the personal statement.

There is a $10 application fee, which will be deducted from tuition upon acceptance.

FAQ
Will the One Story Writing Circle provide critiques or feedback on my writing?
No. The Writing Circle provides educational programming and a cheering squad to help you reach your writing goals, but will not be providing critiques or individual feedback on your writing.
When can I apply for the One Story Writing Circle?
The application period is open now through January 6th.
What are the application requirements?
We are seeking writers at all stages in their careers who are ready to commit to their writing goals.
How do the monthly meetings work?
After the first meeting, which will take place on January 14th, 2020, Writing Circle members will meet according to a set schedule, which will be made available to them at that first meeting. Each meeting will include craft essays, writing prompts, and resources for writers. The meetings also will include a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with the month’s moderator. Meetings will be active for three days per month to give all members a chance to participate on their own schedule.
How many members are in the Writing Circle?
The Writing Circle will be capped at 25 members.
Is participation on the Writing Circle discussion board required?
Participation on the discussion board is strongly encouraged. In addition to helping writers create a sustainable writing practice, we hope to build a community of writers who can support you and your work long after the class is over. It is for this reason that we are seeking applicants who can commit to participating in class discussions.
Is there homework?
Yes. Circle members will be expected to track their goal progress and share updates on that progress with the group. Moderators will review methods for tracking goal progress at the beginning of class.
How much time will the meetings take?
Plan to spend at least an hour per month reviewing the monthly lessons and resources, plus however much time you’d like on the discussion board.
Can I take it on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access all class materials.
Can I participate in the monthly meetings if I’m not a member of the Writing Circle?
No. At this time these monthly meetings are only offered to Writing Circle members. You are still welcome to register for our other online course offerings.

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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