If you never finish your book, HOW will anyone read it ?

The Stay Motivated Story Intensive

Prioritize Your Writing. Uplevel Your Craft. And Write Stories People Can’t Wait to Read.

I’m Traci Skuce and I help fiction and memoir writers create and craft their best stories so they can finish their books and get them out into the world. 

Writers are full of ideas and story-worthy lives and experiences. 

And many writers (most?!) launch into their story ideas with great enthusiasm BUT their energy fizzles and wanes when crafting the story (or life) gets complicated.

Because it always gets complicated. 

You’re ready to write, but the story doesn’t come out the way you imagined.

You’ve got a first draft, but then what? 

You write, but your story goes in circles. 

Or, you don’t have time, you never have enough time, but you really really want to write. 

Let’s face it–it’s easier to start a story than it is to finish it. 

It’s even easier to not write at all. 

Which is why most writers end up with three-quarter-done manuscripts.

Why they have drafts written in fits and starts on their laptops.

Why stories stay stuck in their heads and never on the page.

Why so many writers never finish their books. 


You prioritize your writing and master your craft. 

You finally finish your book. 
Not just a first draft but all the way through to the final manuscript. 

Then the rush of accomplishment: your story, your words, published between two covers. 

And then people–your readers–who reach out to you and tell you how your story resonates in their hearts and minds. 



“Traci applies attention to all aspects of writing––narrative structures, voice, placement and genre. Her intuition––leaning into a weakness or questioning an assumption––springs from a grounded, earned wisdom. I trust Traci Skuce.”
Cornelia Hoogland
Author of Trailer Park Elegy
"Traci is a seasoned writer and teacher who brings both warmth and rigor to her teaching. In her class I learned how to get inside my own work and understand it better. I had a dozen pieces of writing that defied my attempts to tame them, and Traci's class helped me figure them out."
Evan G
Science writer
"I did it! I took the thrilling leap and signed up for the “Staying Motivated Story Intensive Course” back in the Spring. I discovered that my fingers can fly, that I can learn how to write well, even though I’d never had any formal training, and I learned that my doubts about value or relevance are blown away.

Traci’s course helped me find comfort: in claiming my own writer’s voice, in the encouragement and support of kindred spirits, and in learning new ways of reading any piece of writing. The clear progression of course objectives, the scheduling, the many ‘value-added‘ elements, even the homework, were well thought out and delivered seamlessly. It has truly changed how I view my own project. This beautifully curated and crafted offering was a joy to participate in. Thanks for being the ‘bumpers’ in my bowling alley of writing school."

Anne Hamilton

Here’s Why I Do This Work

I created The Stay Motivated Story Intensive when I realized that so many fiction and memoir writers were struggling to prioritize their writing and give their stories the attention they deserved. These writers would look for answers in craft books or ask for feedback from beta readers, but they weren’t getting the help they needed.

In 1995, after my son was born, someone gave me Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones and I committed to a writing practice. So I dove in. 

I filled dozens of notebooks. And I thought, by filling notebooks, stories and essays would simply emerge. Some did. After a decade, though, I became frustrated: Why did some stories work and others start strong and then drift off–or disintegrate? 

That question took me years–one MFA and one short story collection later–of investigation. 

I am passionate about what I discovered. And now I want to share my discoveries with you.


Here's how it works:

  • September 23, 2021 – January 27, 2022
  • 10 Live Classroom Calls (Thursdays @ 11 am PT and 4 pm PT) 
  • 5 Live Coaching and Microfeedback Sessions (Same times as above)
  • Integration Sessions
  • Classroom Platform with Full Notes and Actionable Prompts
  • Lifetime access to call recordings and classroom platform
  • 1:1 Strategy Call
  • Weekly Accountability Reports
  • Online Stay Motivated Community on Slack

This course is for you if you want to:


Get Started and Stay Motivated 

For Just one installment of $1847 CAD
or 6 installments of $336 CAD
or 12 installments of $168 CAD

PLUS you’ll get these Bonuses:

  • Lifetime Membership to Freewrite Fridays (a shared generative writing practice) valued at over $888
  • Deep Reading Video Series (6 videos) valued at $294
  • Deep Reading Checklist ($47)
  • Revision Toolkit ($197)
  • Guest expert workshops ($454)
  • Somatic Experiencing workshop ($194)

There are no refunds for The Stay Motivated Story Intensive.

“I loved Traci’s course! Encouraging, inspiring, informative and challenging. This course was loaded with information, strategies, suggestions, ideas and encouragement, no matter your previous experience. Traci is a skilled and supportive teacher who demonstrates genuine interest in helping every student progress. I used to write a lot. After Traci’s course, I can call myself a writer!"
Jill Rush
I loved every minute of minute of my course with Traci. She's knowledgeable and competent, and she listens well. She quickly understood where I was with my writing , was very kind with her critiques and suggestions to guide me to improve, and generous with her support. I found the course comprehensive and fun!
Bette Kosmolak
Cumberland, BC
Studying with Traci Skuce has helped me to establish a daily writing practice, widened my understanding of the writing craft and taken me to a place of joyful revision. Her teachings encourage embodied writing, getting to the deep root of what the stories we are telling are really about and how to read with an eye for learning masterful techniques. My work with Traci has been deep and full of discovery and I’m grateful for her curiosity and wisdom.
Jenny V.
Lasqueti Is. BC
Traci's classes and workshops have been incredibly useful for my own writing practice and projects. Her literary approach has helped me further understand the link between reading and writing, and her emphasis on daily practice and writing by hand on paper have helped me establish my own rituals in my writing life. Studying writing with Traci has both improved my confidence in my own writing, and given me the tools I needed to create better work.
Jessie Levene
Podcaster, Comox Valley, BC
Traci has crafted both an inspirational journey and a practical guide; it’s a deep dive into the mystery and essence of what makes a great story and it comes with a decoder ring. Take the course if you can. I can still feel the thrill of thinking, sometime in the midst of those enchanting sixteen weeks, I know enough to call myself a writer now.
Sarah Fleury


Not at all. I work with both fiction and memoir writers ready to commit to their writing project–small or large. 

The Story Intensive is an investment to help bring you closer to your writing dream. I remortgaged my house to go do my MFA and I’m not recommending you do that. Instead, I’ve broken down payments into six monthly installments.

All classes and coaching calls will be recorded. If you can’t commit to the live sessions, they will be available to view at any time after that. The lessons are applicable and available during and after the course dates. This course is for you, so you can write your fiction or memoir. 

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me:

Listen, I know it feels scary to put your writing first. Like you have to justify it, or prove your story is worth it. I’ve been there. And it kept me from really diving into my creative work for way too long. 

I know you want to get your story out in the world, and I know there are people waiting to read it. I’m right here, ready to help you.