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 and Advanced Writing Workshops 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.
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.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT OUR ADVANCED PROGRAMS? EVERYTHING.
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.
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.
Specific In-A-Year programs can be found below.
For 2021-20, we are offering two online options.
First Draft is for students who are ready to propel a novel draft forward. Whether you’re on page 1 or page 201, this year-long course with Rebecca Makkai will help you draft and learn about narrative craft and structure.
Rebecca’s next cohort will begin in August 2020. Applications open through July 20.More Details
This online First Draft is for students who are ready to propel a novel draft forward. Whether you’re on page 1 or page 201, this year-long online course with Michael Zapata will help you draft and learn about narrative craft and structure.
Michael’s next cohort will begin in August 2020. Applications open through July 20.More details
For essay writers who want to put together a book-length collection, Megan Stielstra’s online cohort will examine the essay and essay collection as a contribution to a greater cultural dialogue, digging into a myriad of forms including memoir, criticism, investigation, reflection, and the delicious and often messy ways that writers have blurred the lines between.
Megan’s next cohort will begin August 2020. Applications open through July 20.MORE DETAILS
Revise and Launch offers students the tools and skills to polish up their full manuscripts, learn about the revision and publication process, and prepare to send their work out into the world. You’ll also get a full-manuscript critique from Abby Geni at the end of the course.
Abby’s next cohort will begin January 2021.more details