Write It Sideways

“Story Is a State of Mind”: The Best Online Creative Writing Course + A Free Writing Critique

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:

The Story Intensive is an online writing program that’s set up like an MFA workshop in short fiction, with a focus on generating new short stories.

The Story Intensive provides the scaffolding, feedback, deadlines and accountability that a self-paced writing program can’t offer. This program is for you if you find it hard to write alone. It helps you recognize that your writing is important, and it makes your writing a priority. It will change you.

Guided writing instruction. Deadlines and accountability. Small classes and discussion groups that will work for any time zone. In-depth feedback on your work. Live support calls with Sarah Selecky. And tutorials with guest authors that will make you swoon (including George Saunders, Karen Joy Fowler, and Margaret Atwood).

This course is a creative environment that’s focused on learning and practicing — there is no room for ego, competition, or posturing.

Space is limited.

Registration for The Story Intensive opens during July each year, so I’d encourage you to peruse the details and see if this course might be a good fit for you.

Your Free Writing Critique

When you sign up for Story Is a State of Mind or The Story Intensive via any relevant link on this site, I will receive a referral fee. Such fees always go toward running costs for Write It Sideways and other online projects.

To thank you for your support, I’d love to offer you a couple of bonuses. Register for either course via my website, and you’ll receive the following:

  1. Your choice of either (a) a FREE critique of a piece of writing, or (b) a FREE copyedit of a piece of writing (up to 2500 words).
  2. A FREE copy of my short story “Perfect,” which was published in Grist: The Journal for Writers and isn’t available anywhere online. If I had to choose a favourite of my stories, this is it. Grist has published some very accomplished writers such as Sherman Alexie, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Bret Anthony Johnston.

You might save your critique or copyedit for when you enter a writing contest or prior to submitting a story to literary magazines. As an editor at two different literary journals, I’m constantly evaluating short stories for the purpose of publication. Getting feedback from a published writer/editor before you submit is a huge advantage.

Just shoot me an email after you register, and I’ll send your free stuff immediately. 

If you purchase either course as a gift for someone else—no problem. Contact me with their details and I’ll pass the bonuses along to them.

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Looking forward to hearing about your experiences with Story Is a State of Mind and The Story Intensive. Happy writing!