Sarah Selecky

Sarah Selecky earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her writing has appeared in top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology.

Sarah is the author of This Cake Is for the Party, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, as well as the new novel Radiant Shimmering Light.

She is also the creator of internationally-acclaimed creative writing school (and MFA alternative) Sarah Selecky Writing School, which includes collaborations with Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Karen Joy Fowler, and other authors. 

photo credit: Michelle Yee

Events with Sarah Selecky

Deep Noticing for Distracted Writers
August 9, 2019

Sarah teaches creative writing in a way that is simple, radical, and transformative, and allows writers to develop the capacity for deep concentration. To write using these methods means to quiet the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills everyday life. Learn how to find this state of calm centeredness, and experience how it is an aid to exploration of story. The writing done this week will be generative and unexpected, and it will help writers develop a compassionate approach to their writing practice. Writers should come prepared to experience ripples of insight and a renewed commitment to their relationship to writing.