Sarah Selecky


Late Registration for the Story Intensive closes on July 1st!

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. The Story Intensive is set up the way I used to teach it in my living room, with a devoted teacher and six to eight classmates. It provides feedback, deadlines, and accountability.

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Recent Posts


You’ve written a piece that feels tight, polished, and ready. You’ve revised it so many times. There aren’t any typos or POV slips — it’s clean. Your writing group loves it. You’ve been sending it out. But for some reason, it keeps getting rejected. What are you missing? Well, maybe nothing. Stories get rejected way… [Read More]


Sometimes we mediate our scenes by explaining what they mean for our characters, instead of letting the details do the work on their own. Mediating is similar to abstraction — it’s another way writers use language to try to control how a story will be received and understood, instead of letting readers come to their… [Read More]


When you find yourself writing about intellectualized concepts rather than concrete details that can be felt in the human body, you’re moving into abstraction. This can be seductive for smart writers, because using your intellect and language this way feels clever, and it can be fun to write. It’s also a way for a writer… [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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