ADVANCED WRITING PROGRAMS

At StoryStudio, we’re here for writers at every step of the journey. Our advanced writing programs are designed especially for experienced writers seeking specialized, long-term support as they work on book-length projects and prepare pieces for publication.

Becoming an advanced writer takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and our “In A Year” programs are designed to help you cross the finish line… and get published.

With multiple year-long and monthly programs to choose from, you’ll find the right fit for you and your manuscript.


Our In-A-Year programs rotate yearly. Check each individual program page for start dates, application windows, and more details.

Novel in a Year: First Draft
Rebecca Makkai
Abby Geni
Michael Zapata

Novel in a Year: Revise and Launch
Abby Geni

Novel in a Year: Young Adult & Middle Grade
James Klise

Essay Collection in a Year
Megan Stielstra

Memoir in a Year
Gina Frangello

Short Story Collection in a Year
Cyn Vargas

Novel in a Year: Speculative Fiction
(On Pause)

Sahar Mustafah photo

Novel in a Year provided a constructive space to explore my first novel. It felt tailored especially for me: a post-MFA writer with a full-time job in need of a supportive community and structure… By the time we reached the full manuscript review, I’d already discovered the strengths and weaknesses in my work-in-progress.

– Sahar Mustafah, The Beauty of Your Face (2020)

[Nadine] and my fellow classmates held my feet to the fire and helped me shape my memoir into a book that was worthy of publication. I am grateful for the experience and would highly recommend Nadine, and the course at StoryStudio, to anyone interested in writing a memoir.

– Ross Slotten, Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey Through The AIDS Crisis (2020)

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT OUR ADVANCED PROGRAMS? EVERYTHING.

Teaching Artists
The instructors for our Advanced Courses are rockstars. They are dedicated members of the literary community who are actively publishing novels, memoirs, and collections.

Accountability
Though time and space can be in short supply, having a friendly and encouraging cohort will help you meet those word count goals and deadlines. It’s quite a motivator!

Cohort & Community
Who said you have to go it alone? Taking continuous classes with the same cohort of students will give you the chance build strong and lasting bonds, participate in the community, and be listed as a StoryStudio VIP student with “first chance” opportunities for future classes.

Meet Editors and Authors
In addition to your wonderful instructor, visiting authors and editors will come to class, providing invaluable advice and insights.

Manuscript Review
You’ll get clear and professional advice with a manuscript review; an author letter with ideas and suggestions and comments; and a private meeting.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Each year we offer between 4 to 6 Book-In-A-Year programs, and rotate our Advanced Workshops. If an application window has closed (or will be opening soon), we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter, as that will be the first place we announce submission guidelines and openings.

Sign Up Here

Specific In-A-Year programs can be found above. If the application window is closed, put your name on the waitlist to be notified when it opens back up.

Advanced Memoir Workshop
A few of our published In-A-Year alumni
Left to right: Sahar Mustafah, Madeline Reynolds, Lauren Emily Whalen, Madeline Murphy Rabb, Anne Laughlin, Blair Hurley, Amelia Brunskill