If you don’t read One Story magazine, you should. They publish some of the best short fiction I’ve read in a long time. Also, their cute little monthly publication is not much bigger than a greeting card, though it’s thicker. You can easily sneak it into the office without anyone knowing, and then it’s ready for your pleasure during your breaks or noon hour, or when the boss isn’t looking.
They actually have two publications, one boasting beautiful writing by adult writers, and the other for teen writers––One Story Teen.And I promise you, you won’t regret the subscriptions. They always publish something with such a unique voice, you seriously forget you’re reading. It’s like chatting with an interesting neighbor.
They also offer classes, and I can tell you from experience that these learning opportunities are well worth the money. I took one for help bringing the power out in my short stories, and I wanted to increase my skills as an editor. By editing a story line by line and paragraph by paragraph, as well as by the whole piece, and comparing my observations with the editors of One Story, I learned a lot. Just in one class. It was pretty affordable too.Last, I want to mention something else One Story does for writers. They put out conferences, and one that sounds exceptionally great is coming soon. Unfortunately I won’t be there, but I thought I’d pass along the information for those of you who can squeeze it into your schedule.
They are already accepting applications for their 2017 Summer Writers Conference. It will take place from July 23th through the 28th at the historic Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.I can’t tell you how much I’d love to be there, not just for the conference, but to actually step inside that building. I get tingles on my arms just thinking about it. You can find out more information at their website, www.one-story.com, but I can already tell you that One Story editors Will Allison and Patrick Ryan will be leading new writers into new ways of thinking. You couldn’t ask for better teachers.
You’ll enjoy heavy-duty workshops and attend craft lectures given by established writers and One Story editors. What’s more, they’ll have panel discussions with agents, editors, and other professionals in the evenings. Sounds great, right?Yeah, and the only catch is this: you have to apply before the deadline––May 10th, 2017.
Don’t miss it, and have fun!
Oh, and just so you know, I'm not associated withOne Story other than being a huge.