The Story Intensive
I made the Story Intensive for smart, creative people who love to read widely and want to write and publish exciting new work. Registration for the January 2022 session is open now.
Support your writing life for the long term. Log in for support, community, conversation, and learning. Enjoy daily writing prompts and monthly calls, attend events, and more.
When you feel stuck in your writing, sometimes you just want to talk directly to someone who can help you get unstuck.
Why choose our school?
We welcome people of all identities, races, abilities, and interests. We share an inclusive, generous, and heart-centered point of view, and are committed to cultivating a culture of empathy and insight.
We believe in the transformative power of creativity and that writing is a contemplative practice.
Skilled and Supportive Teachers
Our teachers are knowledgeable and skilled in teaching the nuances of craft. They’re not just successful writers, they’re also past students. They have been where you are and can help guide you through our programs.
You can enjoy our programs from home, or wherever feels most comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you’re left on your own. In our discussion forums and small classrooms, you can get the support and engagement you need.
You want to feel more connected to your writing, get out of your own way, and find joy in the writing process.
You love the flexibility of a self-paced program, and you are ready to commit to a personal writing practice.
You want to learn craft, style, and technique, and improve your writing so it will stand out when it’s on an editor’s desk.
Christina Crook launched her new book, Good Burdens, here at Skybarn the night before we recorded the conversation I’m sharing today. (We got to be in person, even though her launch with Toronto’s Type Books was virtual!) That night, I joined Christina on Zoom with David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog, to discuss what she means by a “good burden” and why it’s crucial for a life that includes joy and success. Our… [Read More]
Many books influenced me when I was writing Radiant Shimmering Light, but a handful of them were strong teachers and mentors. Whenever I had a big question about craft, character, setting, or structure, I would go to these books directly for advice. I would read with a question in mind, sometimes not even formed in words. The books I read for help answered me with clarity by showing me how something tricky could be done… [Read More]
We learn how to write by listening, connecting, and responding to what we read. Every time I read something, I learn about my own writing. Studying improvisation helps me understand this connectivity (I recommend reading The Art of Is, by violinist Stephen Nachmanovitch). What a musician does by listening and playing an instrument together with someone else is not that different from what a writer does when they pay attention to what they read, and… [Read More]