Our In-a-Year program is designed for serious writers looking for long-term support as they write their book. The program is 11 months, but the results can be felt for much longer. (While some books below are the ones the authors worked on as students, others came from subsequent projects.) Over the years, after “graduating” from the program, our students have found success at multiple levels of the publishing industry, including publication at stellar small presses and big-five houses. We’re proud to promote and praise our published In-a-Year alumni.

Margaret Davis Ghielmetti

Memoir in a Year
Nadine Kenney Johnstone: 2017-2018

Brave(ish): A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist
She Writes Press, 2020.

Sahar Mustafah

Novel in a Year
Rebecca Makkai: 2015-2016

The Beauty of Your Face
W.W. Norton, 2020

Amelia Brunskill

Novel in a Year
Rebecca Makkai: 2013

The Window
Delacorte Press, 2018

Ross A Slotten

Memoir in a Year
Nadine Kenney Johnstone: 2015-2016

Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey Through the AIDS Crisis
University of Chicago Press, 2020

Andy Boyle

Novel in a Year
Rebecca Makkai: 2017-2018

Big Problems: A Former Fat Guy’s Look At Why We’re Getting Fatter and What You Can Do to Fix It
TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, 2020

Jen Collins Moore

Novel in a Year // Revise & Launch
Abby Geni (2018 // 2019)

Murder in the Piazza
Level Best Books, 2020

Melanie Weiss

Novel in a Year
Abby Geni: 2016

Spoken
Rosehip Publishing, 2018

Lisa Sukenic

Novel in a Year: Young Adult + Middle Grade
James Klise: 2019

Miles from Motown
Fitzroy Books, 2021

Raymond Wlodkowski

Memoir in a Year
Nadine Kenney Johnstone: 2014-2015

Living a Motivated Life: A Memoir and Activities
Brill | Sense, 2018

Anne Laughlin

Novel in a Year
Rebecca Makkai: 2013

Money Creek
Bold Strokes Books, 2020

Kim Oclon

Novel in a Year: Young Adult + Middle Grade
James Klise: 2017-2018

Man Up
Trism Books, 2020

Lauren Emily Whalen

Novel in a Year
Rebecca Makkai: 2015

Satellite
World Castle Publishing, 2017

Len Joy

Revise and Launch
Abby Geni: 2017-2018

Everyone Dies Famous
BQB Publishing, 2020

Margot McMahon

Memoir in a Year
Nadine Kenney Johnstone: 2017-2018

The Fifth Season: The Chicago Tree Project
Lambert, 2019