Letters from Sarah Selecky

Sonia Ruyts

Sonia Ruyts is a former pastry chef and yarn shop owner who has returned to her first love: writing. She writes creative nonfiction and essays, as well as short and long fiction. Sonia explores themes of identity, loss, and transformation in her writing and is currently at work on her first novel. You can find her creative nonfiction in VIDA, The Maine Review, peculiar, and elsewhere. Sonia lives with her wife and two children—and their ever-expanding collection of pets—in the Pacific Northwest. You can find her at soniaruyts.com.

There’s this little voice inside of you telling you to write. Sometimes it’s a whisper, sometimes it’s a roar. Most of the time it’s simply there, humming along beneath the activities of the day, background noise, something you can choose to focus on or ignore. Something is calling you in this season to tune into that voice. That tug is there in the pit of your stomach reminding you that you have something to say. You may not know what it is yet, or how it will take shape. That’s okay. What’s important is that you get quiet and listen, feel that pull. That’s when the magic happens.

It took me a long time to understand that the deep yearning I had to write could not be satisfied by other creative pursuits. In 2017 I was on the precipice of a breakup with my creativity altogether when I was gifted the opportunity to go on a creative retreat. It was on that solo trip that I heard my inner writer’s voice clearly for the first time in years. I understood that all I had to do was listen. Listen and take the next step forward in the direction that honored what I heard. This listening rebuilt my trust in my own intuition, and allowed me to begin writing regularly again.

I took the Story Intensive during one of the most challenging seasons of my life, alongside running a business and parenting two young children. There were so many reasons not to take the Intensive, but I knew it was the next step toward living the life I was craving. I worked on the class materials and wrote in the margins of my life and when it was all over I knew that things would never be the same. If you’ve been feeling the yearning to get back to writing, or to move it front and center in your life, it’s time.

As an instructor, I aim to create a safe, encouraging space for writers of all backgrounds to explore their untold stories. We need your words out in the world! Having a supportive community as a writer is also key, and I will do all I can to help foster connection among the writers in my cohort. Being a witness to a writer’s unfolding is a true honor and one I don’t take lightly.