Story Is a State of Mind:
Writing and the Art of Creative Curiosity

By Sarah Selecky

Cultivate a state of mind to help your writing flow with acclaimed writing instructor and Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Sarah Selecky.

*Coming December 31, 2024 with Assembly Press*

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“The Story Course by Sarah Selecky walks you through, encourages you, practically feeds you muffins, and more.”
— Margaret Atwood —

For over a decade, Sarah Selecky has been running an online writing school as a compassionate alternative to MFA programs for writers of all genres who want to write well. Story is a State of Mind: Writing and the Art of Creative Curiosity is the logical next step: a gentle guide to help writers strengthen and tap their inner resources in service of a limitless writing practice.

For Selecky, writing is both an art and a contemplative practice, and her approach as an instructor is literary and intuitive. Writing exercises and guided meditations are interwoven with practical advice and heartfelt encouragement to help writers find a groove, and to build awareness, confidence, and technique. Story Is a State of Mind transcends mere fixes for individual writing problems and helps writers cultivate a mindset that allows them to see possibility and discover totally new connections in their work—and beyond.

This is a book that teaches creative presence, shows us how to slow down and get centred, and asks us to embrace a wholeminded writing life through study, craft, and play. 

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Pair it with Sarah Selecky’s Story Is A State of Mind Deck of 50 writing prompts for maximum inspiration!


  • Assembly Press
    ISBN-13: 9781998336012
    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1998336018
    Publication date: December 31, 2024

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