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

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


Unlike MFA programs, our In A Year program does not focus on one particular method or workshop style, does not grade writing, and provides vital guidance within the publishing world. The once-a-month meetings provide those with full-time jobs, families, and responsibilities the flexibility to attend classes and meet their own goals.
Whether you are ready to take your novel idea to the next level or you’re already writing but need support and accountability, Six-Month Spark is designed to get you writing and keep you writing! We’ll turn those sparks of inspiration into scenes, chapters, and drafts to prepare you for success in the long marathon that is finishing your novel.
This Intensive Coaching Cohort (ICC) is specifically designed for writers who are actively putting words on the page (or want to be), and have the time and desire to spend six months writing, revising, and getting personalized feedback and plans for their work-in-progress. Students will join a small creative cohort of 6 students who share a commitment to the process.
Once you’ve “graduated” from an In A Year program, you have access to an exclusive, invite-only program called The Long Haul which helps you stay accountable in a lower-stakes environment. With fewer hours each meeting, and no mandatory workshopping, The Long Haul is specifically designed for graduates who are continuing with their works-in-progress. Many books take multiple years to bring to the finish line, and this class will provide structure and strategies to help you stay the course.


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.

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.


Each year we offer between up to 10 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.

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

For The Long Haul, In-A-Year graduates will receive an invite from the StoryStudio account when the next session opens for registration.

For the Six-Month Spark, this class is offered twice a year. Check our Class Catalog to see if the class is open for registration.

Our Intensive Coaching Cohorts are new in 2024, and are currently on a first come, first served basis.

Advanced Memoir Workshop