Sarah Selecky


Tuscany Writing Retreat: April 2020

Join me for a week of deep writing in the heart of Tuscany. On this retreat, we will write what we wish we could read, even if we’ve never seen it written before. It would be an honour to be your guide in this master class for writers of all genres. [Read More]


Registration for the 2020 Story Intensive is now open!

The Story Intensive is a four-month online writing program that guides writers through my signature program, the Story Course. The focus is on short fiction, but the techniques you’ll learn will help you write in any genre—and produce work you can be proud of. [Read More]

Recent Posts

How to write a book.

We’re building a shed this fall. The first thing we did was measure the space and pour a concrete pad on the ground for the foundation. We drilled the wood frame into the concrete. We used hurricane clips for the walls and trusses — steel clamps that hold the building in place even in high… [Read More]

The magical powers of a bookseller.

Last month I spent some time on Cortes Island — a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. At the Hollyhock Centre, I let an incredible group of twenty writers loose in the wild every day for a week. I asked them to come back from the forest with craft lessons from… [Read More]

What Personality Type Is Your Character?

Try using personality types as a kind of scaffolding when you set characters in scene. Put them together and see how they are different, and where they are similar. When I was exploring Eleven and Lilian’s characters in my novel Radiant Shimmering Light, I made notes on their Myers-Briggs personality types. Lilian is an INFP,… [Read More]

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