"It was perhaps the best course I have ever taken. I’m blown away by it, the timing was totally right for me."
"I am reminded of what Julia Child said about flipping an omelette–that to have success, you must have the courage of your convictions. I think about that with writing. I now have a big toolkit to help facilitate that. So again, thank you.”
"The Story Intensive far exceeded my expectations. This program is brilliant! It’s probably worth 3x as much as I paid for it (or more) and I am so grateful that I could learn as much as I did without having to enroll in an MFA program."
"The Story Intensive has changed my writing in such a positive way, I have taken more risks than I ever have before, and I have much more confidence in my abilities than I used to."
"Now ... I feel like I’m a writer. I can tell people I’m a writer. I understand what it means to be a writer. I just wrote the best story I’ve ever written in my life!"
"I love the course, love it hugely. I am full of astonishment, gratitude and admiration for you. My mind is a little bit blown."
"I think every writer—whether they’re an aspiring writer or a published author—would benefit tremendously from this course."
"I have nothing but excitement for those students who’ll get to write this fall—you’ll warn them the experience can be life-changing, right?"
"If you are brave enough to sign up, diligent enough to do the work and participate fully, then you get more than what you paid for. You will learn how to write in a unique almost effortless way within just three short months."
"I tell everyone I know how great this class is. I feel like it’s put me years ahead of where I was alone."
"I felt contained yet free. This is a first. I’ve been through a writing program at a University, taken other writing courses, online and off, and never have I been able to engage authentically in the 'creative journey' as I did in this course. I feel I can write fiction now, and have arranged my life toward that end."
It is intense! But it’s not inappropriate for beginners who are ready to commit to writing. You do not have to be familiar with The Story Course to register for The Story Intensive. In fact, The Story Intensive would be a beautiful way to introduce yourself to The Story Course: you’ll have a teacher guiding you through every lesson, and a dedicated class to support your practice. Read about The Story Course carefully before you decide if this is right for you; if The Story Course feels right, The Story Intensive will deepen your experience.
The Story Intensive emphasizes short story writing and reading. The curriculum is based entirely on The Story Course. But the course is designed to help all writers, including novelists, develop their writing practice by changing their writing habits (and their minds).
I’m a short story writer, and I am especially passionate about reading, writing and teaching short fiction. I created The Story Course with that focus, it’s true. But both of these programs will teach you how to write with immediacy, mindfulness, specificity, and integrity. You will learn how to be present as you write. You’re going to learn how to transfer an experience to a reader—and this is important for writers working in all genres.
The master classes are made for graduates of The Story Intensive, and will only be available to them for the foreseeable future.
Intensive graduates are welcome to take The Story Intensive again. The curriculum is the same as last year, but we have new master classes this year. And of course the live calls and personalized feedback during the semester will help you finish a brand new story, using the scaffolding and practice you know and love already.
Each week of The Story Intensive is the equivalent of a three-hour class, but this class time is stretched over three days to accommodate different schedules and time zones. Give yourself at least an hour a day, for three days—sometime during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday—to login to discuss the readings and lessons and to read and give feedback on other people’s assignments. The flexible part: you can login whenever you can fit an hour of focused discussion into those days. All students do not have to meet online at the same time for class discussion.
When considering this course and your availability, add homework and writing time to your schedule as well. Allow for at least three hours of solo writing and reading each week. This work happens outside the class window, whenever it works for you.
The live calls with me are scheduled at three different times to allow students from different time zones to have access to the call. While these will be happening at set times, they’ll also be recorded. So if you are unable to attend, you can participate by sending your questions in advance and downloading the recorded call at a later time.