What is the difference between
the Story Course and the Story Intensive?

Because it’s self-paced, the Story Course writing program requires a lot of old-fashioned discipline. You work through the exercises and assignments on your own, without an instructor or peers. This is perfect for independently motivated writers, but it’s not for everybody!

Creative writing is deep work, and it takes joyful effort and focus. Many writers resist writing, and especially resist finishing whatever they’re working on. This is normal! Even if their avoidance causes them pain, writers often still need help getting out of their own way. I created the Story Intensive to support those writers who work and learn better with other writers.


The Story

The Story




What is it?
✓ The foundation of everything that I teach. You can work through this program as many times as you like, always going deeper, getting something new and different out of it each time. ✓ Takes the base of the Story Course and deepens it with a personalized approach.
Where is it?
✓ Online ✓ Online
What's the learning style?
✓ Self-directed. ✓ In a class with other students, led by your assigned teacher.
What's included?
✓ Seven lessons (audio, videos, readings, exercises, assignments).

✓ Seven lessons (audio, videos, readings, exercises, assignments).

✓ Additional instruction on how to give and receive healthy, constructive feedback and critique.

✓ Deadlines to motivate your completion.

✓ Bonus materials, plus membership to Centered (see below under "Added Bonuses").

Is there feedback, critique or live coaching?

✓ No workshop or critique component.

✓ No live coaching or support component.

✓ In class discussion about the lessons, readings, materials, writing techniques, etc.

✓ Feedback on every assignment you complete.

✓ Additional one-on-one coaching & guidance from your teacher.

✓ Live calls with Sarah Selecky.

✓ Live calls on Zoom with your peers that anchors your learning and practice.

✓Live Q+A session with a mental health consultant for extra support if desired.

✓ Plus, peer & teacher constructive critique on your final assignment.

Added bonuses?

✓ Unlimited access to the Writing Style Diagnosis test.

✓ Unlimited access to the Writing Style Diagnosis test.

✓ Access to the private Centered writing community, prompts, and events.

✓ Plus, access to a private, students-only classroom website and forum composed of just your teacher and the 6-8 like-minded writers in your class.

✓ And unlimited access to the full MindShare library for workshops and talks with bestselling authors including Margaret Atwood, Ann Patchett, George Saunders, and more.

How long do I retain access?
✓ Lifetime access to all Story Course materials, hosted on a private, members-only site.

✓ Lifetime access to all Story Course materials, hosted on a private, members-only site.

✓ Six months access to your private Story Intensive forum and classroom.

✓ Free access to Centered from the day you register in the Intensive until the end of your semester.

What's the timeline for completion?
✓ Self-paced and self-timed. You start when you’re ready and proceed as fast or slow as you like.

✓ Semestered, once a year (late August – early January).

✓ Work under deadlines, with accountability.

✓ Rest periods scheduled during the semester so you can catch up and digest your learning.