Privacy Policy

 
STATEMENT OF PRIVACY:

Sarah Selecky International Inc. is committed to protecting your privacy. This Statement of Privacy applies to Sarah Selecky International Inc.’s websites (“Selecky Websites”) and governs its personal data collection and usage; it does not apply to other online or offline sites, products or services.

COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sarah Selecky International Inc. collects personal information for the purpose of billing your online purchases. Sarah Selecky International Inc. does not collect any information about your computer hardware and software.

USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sarah Selecky International Inc. and its operational service partners collect and use your personal information to process your product or service orders and to deliver the products and services requested. We will also use your personal information to stay in touch, and let you know about future offerings, opportunities, and free resources available to you. Sarah Selecky International Inc. does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties, ever. We will only keep your personal information for so long as our customer relationship with you lasts or for the duration of time required to satisfy our legal obligations.

Sarah Selecky International Inc. may access and/or disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Sarah Selecky International Inc. or Selecky Websites; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Sarah Selecky International Inc., including its website; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Sarah Selecky International Inc. or the public.

Personal information collected on this site may be stored and processed in Canada, the United States and/or any other country in which Sarah Selecky International Inc. or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using this site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

CONTROL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sarah Selecky International Inc. offers its customers choices for the collection, use and sharing of personal information. You may withdraw your consent to our use of your personal information at any time, and may otherwise notify us of your preferences, by contacting us via support@sarahselecky.com. You may also stop the delivery of future promotional emails from Sarah Selecky International Inc. by unsubscribing at the bottom of any email you receive from us, or simply responding with your request to be removed. Upon your request, we will inform you about the personal information we hold concerning you. Concerns with our compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation may be raised with the appropriate Data Protection Authority: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm

SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sarah Selecky International Inc. is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card number) over the Internet, we use a secure payment gateway so your information is protected.


Terms & Conditions


Conditions of Use – Use of the Sarah Selecky International Inc. website constitutes agreement to our terms of use. We encourage you to review the following information carefully.

TRADEMARKS

Sarah Selecky International Inc., Story Is a State of Mind, Sarah Selecky Writing School, and other marks indicated on our site are trademarks owned exclusively by Sarah Selecky International Inc.. The use of these trademarks and trade dress is prohibited if used in connection with the sale of any product that is not Sarah Selecky International Inc.’s, in any manner that seeks to disparage or discredit Sarah Selecky International Inc. or in any manner that may cause confusion among our customers.

COPYRIGHT

All content on this website (which includes text, graphics, logos, icons, images, audio and video clips, digital downloads, and software) is the exclusive property of Sarah Selecky International Inc. Our content is protected by Canadian and international copyright laws and we reserve all rights contained therein.

PROTECTING YOUR ACCOUNT

Some portions of this website permit username and passwords to be used. You are responsible for protecting your unique username and password and you agree to be responsible for all activities performed under your user account.

LICENSE AND SITE ACCESS

Sarah Selecky International Inc. grants you (the user) a limited license to access and make personal use of this website. This license does not include the right to modify any material, or any portion thereof, without the express prior-written consent of Sarah Selecky International Inc.. This license excludes the download or collection of logos, product descriptions, pricing, text, graphics, audio and video clips, and/or copying account information. This website or any portion of this website may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express prior-written permission of Sarah Selecky International Inc. You are prohibited from using meta tags or any other hidden text utilizing Sarah Selecky International Inc.’s name or trademarks without the express prior-written consent of Sarah Selecky International Inc. Any unauthorized use of this website voids the limited license granted by Sarah Selecky International Inc.

CONTENT SUBMITTED BY SITE USERS

If you do post content to this site or otherwise submit material (including, but not limited to, comments, photographs and testimonials), you grant Sarah Selecky International Inc. and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. By your submission you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Sarah Selecky International Inc. and its affiliates for all claims resulting from content you supply. Sarah Selecky International Inc. reserves the right to remove any content at our sole discretion.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

This site is provided by Sarah Selecky International Inc. on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Sarah Selecky International Inc. makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, as to the operation of the site or the content contained therein. You expressly agree that your use of www.sarahselecky.com and www.sarahseleckywritingschool.com is at your own risk. Sarah Selecky International Inc. cannot warrant that this site, our servers, or email communications affiliated with the use of this website, are free from viruses. Sarah Selecky International Inc. will not be responsible for any damages of any kind resulting from use of this website, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.

REDEMPTION OF FREE PRODUCT AND COUPON OFFERS

From time to time, Sarah Selecky International Inc. offers its clients special offers and discount codes to be used in conjunction with this website. These offers are frequently disseminated via this website and through email to those who have registered for our email database. We encourage our clients to redeem these special offers, but we respectfully ask that you not exploit them. Sarah Selecky International Inc., at our sole discretion, will determine if all purchasing criteria has been met to qualify for stated discount or free product. If you successfully circumvent the software safeguards of this website in order to receive several free products with your order, then we will (at our sole discretion) remove any extraneous free product from your order or cancel the order in its entirety. You will be informed of any order changes via the phone number or email address listed with your order.

CHANGES IN POLICY

Sarah Selecky International Inc. reserves the right to modify, alter, delete and update these policies at any time we see fit. Such alterations do not nullify our rights if infringements or breaches occurred under a previous version of these conditions.

BONUS WRITING PROMPT

A treat for you, since you made it to the end of this document! Now that you are familiar with dense legal language: try writing a short story in the form of a Terms and Policies Agreement. Play with the form and the sentence structure. Have fun with it.

xo,

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Administrative fees for payment plans:

As we increase the number of payments available in each payment plan and the window for payment grows longer, our admin time managing these plans goes up.

The admin fee consequently increases for the number of payment plans:

  • 2-part payment plan fee: $25 USD
  • 4-part payment plan fee: $50 USD
  • 8 or more part payment plan fee: $100 USD


Please note: we only offer payment plans up to the completion date of the program.


Refund Policy:

All purchases made from Sarah Selecky International Inc. are investments in your writing. When you make a purchase from us, you are promising to explore and practice. Our refund policies are different for each of our products. Unless specified below, all purchases are non-refundable.

It is challenging to offer a money back guarantee on a creative experience. The very nature of these experiences is that they are often the same ones that we resist. So it is impractical to guarantee success from these programs, or to ask you to return them if you are unhappy with your writing.

Before you purchase any of the products offered by Sarah Selecky International Inc., we encourage you to explore the website — read Sarah’s newsletters, inspect her offerings, take a look at her testimonials. Get to know Sarah and her methods first. Find out if her opinions on the writing life make sense to you before you invest.

Having a no-refund policy makes it all the more powerful for you when you commit to your writing. Of course, if you are having problems getting the program or product to function properly, please notify us and we will work with you to get it sorted.

By purchasing these programs and products, you are choosing to make your writing a priority. Fantastic choice! Your writing will thank you.


Specific Refund Policies, by program:


No-REFUND POLICY FOR The Story Course:

This is a nonrefundable investment in your writing. When you make this purchase, you are promising to explore and practice. You’ll be paying for it the way you would pay for a degree, an all-inclusive retreat, a counselling session, an art show, or a ticket on an overnight train. I know that online sales expectations are distinctly pro-refund, and I understand the reason for that. I considered it for this program. But after some thought, I realized that I didn’t feel right about offering a money back guarantee on a creative experience.


Thought #1

What will I guarantee? This is not a course about how to get published or write a book (though both of those may be the result). This is a program that offers must-have fiction writing techniques and the critical thrill that comes from identifying those techniques in action; it teaches you how to maintain a state of mind that conducts creativity; it promises that you and your writing will enjoy spending time together again.

Is that guarantee-able?


Thought #2

If I did offer a money back guarantee on the above promises, it would be on the condition that the writer first completes all of the practice exercises and assignments and writes a report on every reading in each of the seven lessons. This person must submit a portfolio of his/her work to be eligible for full refund. This is interesting, but what it actually means is… (see thought #3)


Thought #3

I want you to be fully committed to do the work that’s involved. And I want you to be sure that this is the right program for you before you pay me for it.

What it comes down to is this: if you’re the right person for the Story Course, you will know it. And if you are ready to commit to your writing in a deep, life-changing way, you will feel it. If those two aspects happen for you at the same time, you should go for it.

Having a no-refund policy makes it all the more powerful for you when you commit to your writing.


Please explore this site, before you make your purchase. Read my letters, inspect my offerings, take a look at my testimonials. Get to know me and my methods first. I have strong opinions about the writing life – you should find out if my opinions make sense to you before you invest.

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REFUND POLICY FOR CENTERED MEMBERSHIPS:

Your membership will auto-renew monthly. If you cancel your membership and choose to sign up again at a later date, you will have to sign up at the new current rate. Subscription fees are subject to change.

Cancelling your Membership:

This is a creative community that grows at the speed of trust. It is important for us to protect the integrity of creative relationships that are deepening over time. To keep our space brave and support this trust, we ask members to commit to spending at least 1 month in this space. (Refunds during this first month are uncommon and are only offered on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances.)

Since this is a monthly membership, we do not offer refunds. You can cancel your membership at any point.  If you choose to cancel your membership, you will keep access to the membership site until the end of your current billing period.

Example:

If your monthly instalments are normally paid on the 20th of the month, and you choose to cancel your membership on the 5th, you would continue to have access to Centered until the end of your current billing period. On the 20th, when you would normally pay your next instalment, you would instead lose access to Centered and would not be charged further.

If you have any questions about cancellation, please email us at support@sarahselecky.com.


REFUND POLICY FOR THE STORY INTENSIVE:

(For Story Intensive semester ending Feb 3, 2023)

The Story Intensive is a bespoke writing program with a highly intuitive and personalized enrolment process. Unlike most other writing classes, ours are deeply interconnected: every change affects the whole cohort. This is what makes this program unique, and why it works as well as it does.

Your commitment to this program creates a mutual investment with your teachers and fellow writers. It is in that promise that the magic happens.

Of course, we understand that life happens, too: it can be unpredictable, even when we make a promise in good faith.

Because of this, here is our refund policy:

The Story Intensive requires the purchase of the Story Course. The Story Intensive guides our students through the Story Course program, and offers accountability, and the reading and critique of a story written during the program.

The Story Course is non-refundable. As a result, for anyone who purchases the Story Course and the Story Intensive together at the same time, there is a $475 USD non-refundable deposit for the registration price of the Story Course.

For those who must withdraw from the Story Intensive, please read the following:

Transferring your spot:

You may transfer your spot to someone else. If you fill your space with another person by September 16th, 2022 you will receive a 100% refund of the Story Intensive portion of the price.

  • If the person that you are transferring your spot to does not already have the Story Course, then they will need to purchase it before the Story Intensive begins.
  • If the person you are transferring your spot has already purchased the Story Course, then we can trade your place without additional payment.

Refunds:

Your tuition includes a $500 USD non-refundable deposit.

There are no refunds for the Story Course, so the following refunds do not include payment put towards the Story Course (up to $475 USD).

If you register and withdraw from the Story Intensive, without transferring your tuition to someone else, or gaining a credit at the Sarah Selecky Writing School, you will receive the following refund according to the following dates:

Up to two weeks before the Intensive begins:
(Up to September 9, 2022)

      • Receive 100% of what you have paid to date (not including the $500 deposit and payment for the Story Course, if applicable).
      • If you are on a payment plan option, any future payments will be cancelled.


Up until the beginning of Lesson One:
(From September 10 to 25, 2022)

      • Receive 75% of what you have paid (not including the $500 deposit and payment for the Story Course, if applicable).
      • If you are on a payment plan option, you will receive a 75% refund of what you have paid to date. Any future payments will be cancelled.

Up until the beginning of Lesson Three:
(From September 26 to October 16, 2022)

      • Receive 50% of what you have paid (not including the $500 deposit and payment for the Story Course, if applicable).
      • If you are on a payment plan option, you will receive a 50% refund of what you have paid to date. Any future payments will be cancelled.

From Lesson Three onwards:
(From October 17, 2022)

      • There are no refunds given after October 17, 2022, even if you cannot attend the class.
      • Please see “Deferring your tuition” below.

Deferring your tuition:

We want the best for you and your writing. If you enroll in good faith and your circumstances make it truly impossible to participate, your tuition can be deferred for a future year of the Story Intensive. You may also put the amount toward any of our other offerings. 

If the price of the Story Intensive increases, you will be required to pay the difference. Please know that we can’t guarantee the Intensive will be offered every year.

Note: any deferral excludes payment put towards the Story Course (if applicable), as there are no refunds for the Story Course.

Deferment follows these guidelines:

Up until the beginning of Lesson One:
(Up to September 25, 2022)

      • You can defer 100% of your tuition (excluding the cost for the Story Course) for a future Story Intensive, or have the amount put towards a credit for a different program(s) offered at the Sarah Selecky Writing School.
      • If you paid in full, 100% of the tuition can be put towards the Story Intensive in future years.
      • If you are on a payment plan option, you will gain a credit of 100% of what you have paid to date. Any future payments will be cancelled.

Up to the end of Lesson Three (Week One):
(From September 26 to October 23, 2022)

      • You can defer 75% of your tuition (excluding the cost for the Story Course) for a future Story Intensive, or have the remaining amount put towards a credit for a different program(s) offered at the Sarah Selecky Writing School.
      • If you paid in full, 75% of the tuition paid can be put towards the Story Intensive in future years.
      • If you are on a payment plan option, you will gain a credit of 75% of what you have paid to date. Any future payments will be cancelled.

Up to the end of Lesson Four (Week One):
(From October 24 to November 13, 2022)

      • You can defer 50% of your tuition (excluding the cost for the Story Course) for a future Story Intensive, or have the remaining amount put towards a credit for a different program(s) offered at the Sarah Selecky Writing School.
      • If you paid in full, 50% of the tuition paid can be put towards the Story Intensive in future years.
      • If you are on a payment plan option, you will gain a credit of 50% of what you have paid to date. Any future payments will be cancelled.

From the beginning of Lesson Four (Week Two), onwards:
(From November 14, 2022)

      • After November 14th, there are no deferments or credits given for future programs. You will keep access to the Story Course. 

REFUND POLICY FOR BOOK COACHING WITH HEIDI REIMER:

The coaching relationship can be intimate; it requires vulnerability, presence, and a strong level of commitment on both sides. For this reason, we are unable to offer cancellations or refunds for the First Draft Novel Coaching Program and the Manuscript Evaluation and Revision Coaching Program(s).

If there are extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness, we will consider cancellation or deferment on a case-by-case basis.

We want the best for you and your writing. Please contact us if you have any questions about our refund policies.