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Mondays, 7-9:30pm ET, July 22nd-August 26th, 2024, Zoom
Application Deadline: Monday, June 3rd

Price: $450

Patron Price: $425

Application Fee: $10

This advanced fiction workshop will include two components: (i) a craft component in which we will study several published stories to glean craft lessons you can apply to your own work, and (ii) a workshop component in which we will read one story from each student and analyze the craft decisions at play in that submission. Our goal in the workshop portion of the course will be to give each student specific suggestions for how to improve their submission in revision. During our six weeks together, we will talk about what makes a great opening; how to use voice, mystery, and details to keep your readers engaged; how to make sure the way you reveal information builds momentum, rather than slowing down the pace of your story; and how to create complex, three-dimensional characters. Specific craft topics to be examined will include: point of view, narrative distance, use of time, narrative arc, character development, use of compelling details, world building, voice, and dialogue.

This class is designed for writers with workshop experience. Tuition includes a 30-minute meeting with the instructor.


Matthew Lansburgh’s collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as One Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and has been shortlisted in the Best American Short Stories series. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Matthew has served on the admissions committee of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference since 2019.

 This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. Applications will open on Monday, April 15th, 2024. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Monday, June 3rd at 11:59pm ET. Please send in your application, which should consist of a personal statement and a manuscript (either a short story or novel excerpt of 5000 words or less) of what you would like to workshop, via Submittable. If selected, what you submit as part of this application will be what the class workshops. 

We are seeking writers who are looking to hone their craft and are excited to learn from each other and the instructor in an intimate and supportive environment. Workshop participants will be selected based on the strength of their writing sample and personal statement.

Complete application guidelines are available on the application. Please note that you will need to create a Submittable account to apply. 

There is a non-refundable $10 application fee. Fee waivers are available by emailing

Please note that to be eligible for the Patron rate, applicants must be an active Patron of One Story as of June 3rd. Patrons 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 patrons. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a patrons, you can do so here.

Applicants will be notified of their status in late June.

Detailed application guidelines follow in this application.

   For more information on the workshop policies, please visit our website.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 11th, 11:59pm ET

One Story is seeking a paid apprentice to join our team from September 2024 to May 2025. The apprentice will have a chance to learn about all aspects of a literary organization, including the editorial process, grant writing, and online educational programming.

This is an entry-level position for those looking for a career in publishing with a focus not just on editorial work, but also on future leadership roles in nonprofit management and online education. 

We are specifically seeking applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the publishing industry who are recent college graduates or in their final year of college (class of 2024 or 2025) and not enrolled in a graduate program. Candidates should be creative, eager to work with a small, dedicated team, and have a demonstrated interest in the literary community and publishing world. 

We will provide an opportunity to gain valuable skills and forge connections with peers and potential employers in the industry. In addition to experience gained from day-to-day tasks, the apprentice will receive specialized training in marketable skill sets such as design and production, project management, social media and marketing, proofreading and copyediting, online pedagogy best practices, and others. The goal is to leave their time with One Story with industry connections and a diverse and varied set of skills that will make their resumes stand out to future employers. 

The apprentice will spend three months working alongside a core member of One Story’s staff before rotating to the next. This way, they will have an opportunity to gain insight into how each facet of our organization operates. 
This is a hybrid position. Candidates must reside within commuting distance of our office in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

For a complete job description, please visit our website.

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