Nicole Baute

Nicole’s writing has appeared in Joyland, the Feathertale Review, and in several newspapers including the Toronto Star, where she used to be a reporter. She’s the co-creator and editor of a collection of women’s writing called EAT IT, and works as a writing coach and editor. Nicole grew up on a farm in Canada and currently lives in Delhi, India, where there’s no shortage of things to write about.


The act of writing is audacious. It takes courage. Nobody is going to ask you to do it, especially not in the beginning. You have to give yourself permission, which can be difficult among the pressures and distractions of daily life. We’d give up if not for the ache in our hearts, the voices in our heads.

I was an early student of Story Is a State of Mind back in 2012, and I’ve revisited the material many times over the years, always finding something new to learn or discover. The program has taught me a hundred useful things about the mechanics of fiction but it’s also helped me build confidence, stay present, and remember, above all, to play. It’s taught me to stay in my scene when it would be easier to draw the curtains. To dwell where the energy is, even if it’s uncomfortable. To move through my day with a writer’s wide-open eyes, even though I feel an itch to check my phone. To send stories out into the world knowing they may be rejected, and it will be okay.

Writers must be brave, but—and this is a revolutionary truth—bravery is something you can learn. And as that happens, countless possibilities will open up for you and your writing. As a teacher, my goal is to support you in that game-changing process.