There are stories only you can tell.


Writing fiction is a deeply personal and meaningful calling, but it takes training and practice to achieve mastery.


Get the pro-level instruction and supportive mentorship you need to make your writing dreams come true.



with Maryrose Wood

Enrollment is open through August 30th or until all program seats are filled.
This 16-week program begins September 1st

You know how powerful reading a well-told story can be.

That incredible feeling you get when you’re swept up in a fictional world, full of characters  and experiences that feel realer than real?


I’ll bet it’s why you wanted to be a writer in the first place.


But reading books and writing them are two very different undertakings.


It’s true. Just because you’ve read and loved a lot of terrific books doesn’t mean you have all the tools you need to write one.

  • The struggle to get started and work with consistency?

  • That sinking feeling when you get stuck in the middle of a draft, until you finally give up?

  • The frustration of getting pass after pass from agents and editors, without anyone ever telling you what you’re doing wrong?

I get it. Here’s the bottom line:

You still have to learn the craft.

That’s why I created Path of the Storyteller™.


My fascination with excellent writing — the kind of writing that endures — has become a lifelong study and practice.

Fourteen published novels later, I still marvel at the power of impeccable storytelling and writing craft to transform mere words on a page into a deeply engaging experience for the reader.

Everything I teach in Path of the Storyteller is the practical, here’s-how-you-do-it wisdom of a working writer. Good craft makes writing look effortless. It’s not, but our readers don’t have to know that!

Here’s the other thing: I’ve taught fiction writing for many years, and I know exactly where earnest but undertrained writers go wrong.

This work is teachable. It is learnable. And writing “by ear” will only take you so far.

There is a path to follow.

It will take you from where you are to where you dream of being.

From writing that doesn’t feel “wrong” but doesn’t quite work...

...to the kind of confident, beautifully wrought storytelling that makes your readers feel — well, just like your favorite books make you feel.

This is the Path of the Storyteller.

Path of the Storyteller™ 



This sixteen-week, small group program led by Maryrose Wood will take you from where you are to where you dream of being, in concise, content-rich lessons that will change the way you think about writing.

Part 1 | FOUNDATIONS: The Art of Story is all about the foundations of any tale: the storytelling. More than mere plot, good storytelling takes both protagonist and reader on a meaningful journey of change. The archetypal shape of story is firmly imprinted in human consciousness, and when readers see it coming, they’re hooked! Learning the deeper meaning and practical application of story structure is essential for every writer. 

Part 2 | MANIFESTATIONS: The Art of Writing Craft A great story must be vividly told in order to engage the reader. Part two of the program is all about the craft of working with words on the page. You’ll learn how to use language to weave a world and characters so fully imagined, your readers will feel as if it’s all real.

It all begins with a hero on a journey of transformation.

On the Path of the Storyteller, that hero is you.

Are you ready to begin?

What you’ll get when you enroll

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The Course

Everything you need to know to write like a pro. Story structure. Writing craft. Drafting, Revising. A complete training that you can revisit again and again.
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The Community

Our private forum offers support, accountability, and friendship, too! Here’s where you get and offer feedback on your weekly assignments.
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The Coaching

Every week we gather live on Zoom to review the week’s lessons, answer all your questions and keep you moving forward. Replays available.
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I kept receiving the same feedback about my writing: The voice was great, but something seemed to be missing. The thing is that no one could say exactly what it was that was missing except to vaguely suggest plot or structure. Maryrose Wood’s course really opened my eyes to what that missing piece was. I feel like I have been let into the secret club of storytellers. Now I have the tools I need to move forward and finish writing my book.” 

– Chris Go

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For the first time, I feel the very real possibility of being a writer. This program is clarifying my understanding of writing fiction in ways I could never have imagined. In addition, having a community of writers has made me feel like I’ve found my tribe. Maryrose is a generous, loving mentor, who will challenge you to become the writer you always knew, or at least hoped, you could be. She cracks open the fundamental laws of storytelling and then shows you how to use them. It’s pure magic!

 – Nancy Partridge

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Life changing, one of the best decisions I’ve made, worth more than I paid, a magical experience... these are all true. I came here knowing I want to write—this cemented the deal. I also came here knowing what holes I had in my writing ability. This program provided tools and then gave other tools I didn’t even know I needed. I am so grateful that Maryrose is my mentor!”

—Kathryn Rizzo


“Maryrose Wood is one of the funniest and most innovative writers I know, and she is a master of story structure. She offers the perfect mix of craftsmanship and encouragement, always attending to student work with the utmost respect and rigor.”

— E. Lockhart, NY Times bestselling author of We Were Liars, National Book Award finalist


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This program will remind you why you write.

To learn the difference between good storytelling and good writing is exactly what I needed to move on with my work. Through Maryrose’s practical and generous instruction, not only do I see a path through the novel-writing woods, but I have a map, flashlight, compass, and snacks to take with me on my journey. I can’t describe how grateful I am for the Path of the Storyteller program. I now have a lifetime of storytelling strategies and renewed energy to invigorate my writing practice. This program will remind you why you fell in love with story and why you write.”

—Cynthia Grady

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I could see my own progress.

Maryrose is an excellent teacher: straightforward, humorous, encouraging and experienced. I looked forward to her lesson videos, which were packed with information. Those were backed up with a transcript and opportunities to immediately use what you had learned. The live Q&A sessions and a forum in which student writers could read and critique each others’ work were also extremely valuable. The weeks flew by and I could see my own progress. What a pleasure to learn all this, in this way.” 

—Terri Risdon

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This course has been an absolute joy.

The format is fantastic; the lessons really feel like sitting down in Maryrose’s living room for a chat with a sage mentor, and I love the prompts and the ability to share them to the forum. It’s helped me make time for my writing and shaken the dust off my long-dormant creative energy. There was a great deal of guidance but not with a heavy hand, so it felt applicable to any genre of writing. This has been a fantastic way to bring writing back to the forefront of my days, and has really helped direct and grow my storytelling.”
—Katherine Cullis
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I loved everything about it. 

The format of pre-recorded videos (which I usually watched more than once) along with the live Q&As and the Campfire was a winning combination.”

—Sarah Mackenzie

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I have read so many stories that I thought I knew how to put one together,

yet my desk drawer was full of unfinished manuscripts that trailed off in the middle. Using Maryrose’s description of story structure as a blueprint, I can see where my foundations had gaps, shore up my supporting walls and make sure I have everything in place for the climax when it comes. I loved it.”

—Hilary Quinion

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This was the perfect course for me to push my writing dreams forward.

From the beginning of facing my own resistance, to learning the building blocks of story structure, I have learned so much. Maryrose has taught new concepts to me in a way that I can remember, using great examples from literature. The quality and content is excellent. The lessons are just the right length of time. The online format can be watched over and over, and the transcripts can be read and written on which allows all learning styles to succeed. I like the homework assignments, even though some of them have pushed me out of my comfort zone. The live Q and A has been a delightful bonus that I have looked forward to every week. Not only do I get to have some classmates to see and interact with, the information shared from the questions asked has been extremely valuable.” 

—Patricia Hinely

Path of the Storyteller FAQs

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The Fall 2022 program begins on September 1st. Seats are limited! Please enroll early to get a spot.






Here’s what you get:

  • Part 1. FOUNDATIONS: The Art of Story. Get in-depth, practical training in the art of story structure.
  • Part 2. MANIFESTATIONS: The Art of Writing Craft. Bring fiction to life in the mind of your reader by the skillful use of those powerful and endlessly flexible materials: words.
  • Engaging, multi-lesson course modules including concise lessons and targeted practice exercises to help you master what you're learning.
  • BONUS MODULE: Query letters, the mindset of a successful writing career, publishing, and more.
  • Downloadable transcripts and audio of every lesson
  • The Campfire, a members-only forum for sharing your assignments, giving and getting feedback, and cheering each other on!
  • Weekly live coaching and Q&A with Maryrose (video replays will be available)
  • Lifetime access to all your course materials. Learn at your own pace and review the material at will.
  • A mobile app version of the course (compatible with IOS and Android phones and tablets)

For the best value, choose the pay-in-full option by clicking the button below. Or click here to choose the three-pay option.





Here’s what you get:

  • Everything included in the Path of the Storyteller program, PLUS:
  • Your first six months of the Storytellers’ Circle membership (that’s through June, 2023). This is a $762 value. Storytellers’ Circle offers: 
  • weekly live coaching with Maryrose (replays available),
  • including Q&A of your live & presubmitted questions,
  • individual “hot seats” where you have your pages workshopped,
  • the option of joining critique groups with other members.
  • access to an extensive, searchable archive of previous coaching, Q&A and hotseat sessions. That’s dozens of hours of masterclass discussion at your fingertips.
  • and a 10% discount on one-on-one coaching or manuscript critiques

This close-knit writing community will have your back as you put your training to work, finish your draft, and keep growing as a writer.

For the best value, choose the pay-in-full option by clicking the button below. Or click here to choose the three-pay option. 



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