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 2021 program 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.
Consultations & Mentorship
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.
“I am so glad I pressed that button that registered me for this class. Why postpone joy? We deserve it, yes?”
— Karen Florek
“Good is not how skillfully you do something you were taught, but rather discovering something in you that is totally new, unexpected, surprising, and satisfyingly right.” — Rachel Rosenthal Trying to be good only gets in the way. If we want to be surprised in our writing, we are better off just playing. Play is integral… [Read More]
Many years ago, I was trying really, really hard to write my second book. My first book had taken me 10 years to write, and then, unexpectedly, it was accepted by a publisher and selected for a prestigious literary prize. This experience changed the course of my professional life and career. I worked really hard… [Read More]
If you feel safe in the area that you are working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you are capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching… [Read More]