Creative writing requires curiosity, presence, and technique. Writers not only need to study craft, they also need to know how to take care of their creative spirit.
The Story Course teaches you how to override your resistance and begin writing in a new way, with curiosity, compassion and courage. Craft-based exercises will show you how to access your creative energy at any time.
Are you ready to make a promise to your writing? If so, this program is for you.
The Story Workshop is a real-time, online writing workshop with deadlines, instruction, community, accountability, support, and feedback. The program is open to writers of all genres, and is perfect for short story writers. The form is similar to a traditional college writing workshop, but with refreshing distinctions.
You’ll be one of six writers in a class with one devoted teacher who will help you refine your writing by guiding your critique and facilitating the discussion each week.
The Story Intensive is a four-month program that provides the feedback, deadlines and accountability that our signature program, The Story Course, can’t offer because it’s self-paced. In The Story Intensive, you’ll be guided and nurtured through The Story Course, lesson by lesson.
The Story Intensive is an unusual writing program because it brings a philosophy of kindness and trust into a serious curriculum. If you want to finish what you start and learn how to bring joy into your creative process, this might be the writing program you’ve been looking for.
“For those asking about writing, motivation, blocks: check out Story is a State of Mind. Smart, encouraging, practical.”
— Margaret Atwood
“I am so glad I pressed that button that registered me for this class. Why postpone joy? We deserve it, yes?”
— Karen Florek
Making writing a daily practice is easier than you think. Especially when you can have an irresistible writing prompt delivered straight to your inbox every day. Daily Prompts are meant to help you make writing a daily practice. It’s amazing how ten minutes a day can add up!
When you subscribe to our Daily Prompts you’ll also receive our Story Dares, two Saturdays a month. Story Dares are suitable for beginners and seasoned writers alike.
Once a week for four weeks, over the course of ninety minutes, I lead you in a series of writing prompts and exercises, together with other writers. The exercises are simple, beautiful, ordinary: all writers are welcome, regardless of genre or experience.
These sessions are powerful. Even though we’re all writing remotely, the connection you will feel with the other writers is real and valuable.
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Sarah is the author of Radiant Shimmering Light, This Cake Is for the Party, and the founder of the Sarah Selecky Writing School, est. 2011, which is now a creative community for more than 18,000 writers from around the world. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook, the Humber School for Writers and The Banff Centre, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with an MFA in Creative Writing.
This Cake was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book in Canada and the Caribbean, and it was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Kirkus Reviews calls Radiant Shimmering Light “A killer satire . . . [and] a funny, tender, gimlet-eyed dive into the cult of self-improvement.” The novel has been optioned for television and published in countries around the world.
Sarah is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, and currently lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she writes, runs a school, and mentors other writers in her online and in-person classes.
Sarah Selecky Writing School is an online creative writing school that approaches writing as an art, and also as a contemplative practice. We believe that skill comes from study, that inspiration comes from love, and that both are necessary.
The school started in 2011 with one downloadable course called Story Is a State of Mind, which has now evolved into a larger community—Sarah Selecky Writing School. That first program is now called The Story Course. Writers can advance their study by taking two more writing programs that are guided by that same foundation course: The Story Intensive and The Story Workshop.
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