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Summer is finally here, writers!

While the coziness of winter is great for snuggling up with a notebook and pen, you can’t beat the sights and smells and sounds of summer when it comes to inspiration.

If all this fresh air has you itching to dive deeper with your writing, I want to make sure you know about my favourite online creative writing course, Story Is a State of Mind, and its sister course, The Story Intensive.

I also want you to know about some great bonus offers I have for you, so be sure to read all the way to the end of this post.

Story Is a State of Mind—A Creative Writing E-Course

Story Is a State of Mind is pure magic. This self-paced, online course (created by award-winning Canadian author Sarah Selecky) has given me a renewed sense of freedom, brought me back to the basics of pen and paper, helped me unlock my memory and improve my critical reading skills, completely changed the way I feel about practising writing, and changed my mentality from ‘must get published’ to ‘must write something true and valuable.’ I love that once I purchased the course, I have the materials forever, so I can go back to them again and again.

You can read my full review of Story Is a State of Mind here for all the specifics.

I love SSM so much, I want you to start this course today. And because all the course materials are digital, you can start today. Right now, in fact.

The Story Intensive, Fall 2015

While you always have the self-paced option of Story Is a State of Mind, an alternate format of the course—The Story Intensive—is also available. I haven’t yet had the chance to join, but I’ve heard nothing but praise about it.

The next session runs between September 7th and December 18th, 2015.

Here’s a blurb from the course: click to continue reading >>


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5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

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Today’s post is written by Alex Limberg. In a thrilling murder mystery, your detective has just found out that the villain and his partner in crime will be meeting in the abandoned slaughterhouse. The scene before and the scene after are packed with suspense. But how does your protagonist pass the two days until the […]

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Here’s the Type of Hate Mail Bloggers Get …

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Over several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by interesting I mean rude. These are not written to offer friendly constructive criticism or to politely disagree with me. They’re written to get a reaction, but I usually have neither the time nor inclination to give these people what they want. The following letter, for example, arrived […]

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The Duolingo Guide to Writing Productivity

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One thing I love about Canada is the opportunity for my children to receive a free bilingual education through the French Immersion program available at many public schools. Some say, “You’ll never use French unless you want to work for the government or be a French teacher,” but actually, I’m not worried about whether my kids use their French […]

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