Story Is a State of Mind School
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“For those asking about writing, motivation, blocks: check out Story is a State of Mind. Smart, encouraging, practical.”
– Margaret Atwood
Welcome to Story Is a State of Mind. I’m Sarah Selecky, founder & creator, writer, and your guide throughout this website.Story Is a State of Mind is an online creative writing school that approaches writing as an art, and also as a contemplative practice. We believe that skill comes from study, that inspiration comes from love, and that both are necessary. We train writers in all the elements of craft, as well as teach them to elevate their awareness, so they can deal with anxiety, resistance, and other unnecessary suffering to get out of their own way and do their best writing ever.
"There is no course like this in university, I’m certain; it’s priceless. Every time I work on it, I’m so grateful that I have it."
Enrollment is always ongoing.
Enroll from anywhere in the world and work at your own writing desk. You’ll get instant access to all the lessons, and you’ll join a global community of motivated and supportive writers.
“This is a testimony that one can create anything new, at anytime, at any age. There is no time limit on being creative. It keeps us young. And to commit to doing it well and being true to oneself is the greatest gift one can give to oneself. I am so glad I pressed that button that registered me for this class. Why postpone joy? We deserve it, yes?”
– Karen Florek
Registration will open Summer 2018.
The Story Intensive is a semester of teacher-guided writing instruction. When you enroll, you receive instant, lifetime access to The Story Course.
You also get the motivation that comes from deadlines, small classes and discussion groups, feedback on assignments, live support with me, and master classes with amazing guest authors. Space is limited.
Registration opens Winter 2018.
The Story Workshop is a critique workshop for graduates of The Story Course and The Story Intensive (or other experienced writers). In this workshop, you’ll continue the work you started, and take it to the next level.
The focus is on short fiction, and the form is similar to a traditional college/university writing workshop. Workshops are small, and happen in real time, with a devoted teacher. Space is limited.
What would happen if you wrote for ten minutes a day? Writing would be part of your life, the way you’ve always wanted it to be. Sign up to have an irresistible writing prompt delivered to your inbox daily.
The Little Bird Contest is an annual, international contest created exclusively for innovative, emerging short fiction writers. It began in 2010 when I started posting writing prompts on Twitter. The contest is built to showcase the excellent stories that come from those prompts.
Little Bird Stories is an annual anthology that we create to celebrate the winners of The Little Bird Writing Contest. Get all published volumes of Little Bird Stories right now, and receive a new anthology of fresh short fiction every year.
Always new and exciting.
When there’s a particular demand or inspiration strikes, Story Is a State of Mind School enlists amazing guest authors and hosts special courses and events, both in person and online, at home and abroad.
Up next: We’ve got the ultimate Story Is a State of Mind School field trip & retreat planned for you, coming in March 2018.
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