Candice May

Candice May lives on a gulf island in British Columbia, Canada. Her short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, December, The Porter House Review, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. In 2020 she was a finalist for the SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction and was nominated for Sundress Publications’ ‘Best of the Net’. She is currently writing a collection of short stories. Find her at: candicemay.ca.


Iam thrilled to be a part of this remarkable cohort of teachers at the Sarah Selecky Writing School. This is a space where I rediscovered and developed my writing voice, artistic confidence, and the courage to truly embrace the statement: “I am a writer.” While I always knew deep down that I was born to write, it was the supportive environment of this school that helped nurture the consistency, sustainability, and outright joy that I’ve found in my writing practice.

As a teacher, I consider myself an ally to writers in all stages of their practice. Whether you are just starting out, on a quest to reclaim your inner writer, or already have a dedicated writing practice, this is the place to find kindred spirits on the writing path. The exercises and assignments, lessons and structure, supportive feedback and genuine camaraderie all help to generate an enjoyable and fulfilling relationship with writing.

I have learned that having a writing community is invaluable. We don’t have to write alone. When we get stuck, feel daunted, or procrastinate, we can turn to our writing group for guidance and inspiration. Here, you will meet other writers who are encouraging and brave. Your writing will be treated with upmost respect. And we will dive deep into all aspects of craft—expert lessons on how to write better drafts.

I understand the motivation that brings writers to their work. There is often an irresistible urge to write, a gnawing at the soul. Together, we will practice accessing this part of ourselves so we can write from the most authentic place. There is plenty of un-learning and loosening up. Practice and play. We will discover our voice again and again, or for the first time.

Like a good piece of fiction or a riveting memoir, you will find yourself swept up on a journey of self-discovery and change. In the process, you will come to know yourself—and your writing—all the more deeply. This is magical, life-affirming stuff. I so look forward to meeting you and your writing!