Sarah Selecky


September Retreat & Workshop in Northern California

Feel the joy of flow, and write from a more receptive state of mind. Learn how to courageously write alongside your inner critic. Use your curiosity to dissolve your resistance. Suitable for beginning or advanced writers, this retreat offers a way for participants to finally enjoy writing. Fiction, nonfiction, short stories, essays, novels, memoirs — any kind of writing will benefit from this practical and powerful approach.

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Recent Posts

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]

Writing from a state of calm.

I’ve known Suzanne Andrew for more than a decade. I know her to be a prolific journalist who has always impressed me with her productivity and high standards. When I asked her to write a piece for my site this summer, it was a pleasure and a surprise to learn about the stall she felt… [Read More]

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— Margaret Atwood

The Story Course
Registration is always ongoing

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.

“I am so glad I pressed that button that registered me for this class. Why postpone joy? We deserve it, yes?”

— Karen Florek

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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 2019 semester is now open.


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