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.

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. 

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Specific In-A-Year programs can be found below.

For 2021-20, we are offering two online options.

Advanced Memoir Workshop
Novel In a Year: First Draft with Rebecca Makkai

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.

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Novel in a Year: First Draft with Abby Geni

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 Abby Geni will help you draft and learn about narrative craft and structure. 

Abby’s next cohort will begin in January 2021.

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Novel in a Year: First Draft with Michael Zapata ONLINE

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.

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Essay Collection in a Year with Megan Stielstra ONLINE

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.

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Novel in a Year: Speculative Fiction

For writers who want to create their own world and rules, the Speculative Fiction program taught by Jac Jemc will focus on genres such as science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, and more.

Jac’s next cohort will begin August 2020.

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Novel in a Year: Young Adult/Middle Grade

Author James Klise leads a YA/Middle Grade-targeted course for those writers who want a strong focus on writing smart novels for a younger audience.

James’ next cohort will begin January 2021.

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Novel in a Year: Revise and Launch

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.

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Memoir in a Year

For the nonfiction writers, Memoir In A Year taught by Nadine Kenney Johnstone will help and support you during the long road from plotting to composition to revision and beyond.

Nadine’s next cohort will begin fall of 2020.

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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