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Writers’ Huddle is now closed to new members and will reopen in autumn 2015.
When you become a member of Writers’ Huddle, you become part of an established, supportive community of fellow writers where you can:
- Learn new tips and techniques that you can put into practice right away – from our past seminars, mini-courses, and full e-courses
- Get a regular dose of new writing knowledge and inspiration – through in-depth monthly seminars and the forums
- Interact with other writers – discuss writing and share your work in a safe, supportive environment
Membership of Writers’ Huddle is just $19.99/month (paid via PayPal).
There’s no minimum commitment: you can even join for a month, take advantage of all the existing content, and leave.
In fact, if you decide that Writers’ Huddle isn’t for you, just let me know within 30 days and I’ll refund your first month’s membership fee.
I’m a freelance writer in Fayetteville, Arkansas. My forte is non-fiction writing, mostly web content, e-book creation and web copy in technical areas, such as computers, software and other related subjects. I’m not a newbie by any means; however, joining the Huddle has shown that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Many of the members are fiction writers and have a different point of view than non-fiction authors. As a result, I’ve been exposed to techniques and ideas that were new to me. The camaraderie and willingness to share have been beneficial to my growth as a writer. Ali and the gang are great supporters and will spur you on to do more, do better, to succeed!
– Steve Maurer (Maurer Copywriting)
Writers’ Huddle Booklet
Every time I added new content to the Huddle and updated this page, it got longer and longer! So I’ve cut the page down to size, and created a separate booklet with everything you might want to know about Writers’ Huddle, including a full list of all the content you’ll get when you join (including our archive of 40 seminars to date) and a summary of what’s coming up next, with a list of six seminars and details of two brand new ecourses.
Just click the image to the right, or the link below, to get your copy of the booklet.
Read the Writers’ Huddle introduction booklet. (Right-click to download.)
Or, if you want the quick version, keep reading!
I’m a fiction and non-fiction writer living in Oxford in the UK with my family (husband, toddler daughter, and baby son). I’ve been writing since my teens, and I have a degree in English Literature and an MA in Creative and Life Writing.
I’m author of Lycopolis, a novel, and Publishing E-Books For Dummies. You’ll find posts from me on my blog Aliventures, and on some of the largest writing-related blogs on the web, like Copyblogger and Write to Done.
How Writers’ Huddle Works
There’s a lot going on inside Writers’ Huddle (the site began over three years ago) and when you join, you’ll get a Welcome pack to help you get started.
As a member, you’ll receive:
- Monthly seminars, which are normally audio (with video seminars to help demonstrate particular techniques). All seminars have full transcripts, edited for easy reading, plus worksheets that summarise key points – so you don’t need to take notes unless you want to.
- Access to private members’ forums, where you can chat with other writers, share your triumphs and frustrations, get feedback on your writing, join in our Book Group reads and writing challenges, and much more.
- Weekly emails, letting you know about new seminars (and other new resources), and reminding you about some of the past content you may have missed. These are designed to help you get the most out of your membership.
- Mini-courses that you can go through at your own pace, whenever you want. These include “Getting Started with Fiction”, “Microsoft Word for Writers”, “Starting Your First Blog”, and “Twitter for Writers”.
- On Track, a full ecourse that you can work through at any time, designed for writers who’ve stalled on large projects (which could be a novel, a blog, or even a whole writing career).
- Blog On, a full ecourse that you can work through at any time. This follows on from the “Starting Your First Blog” mini-course and is for anyone with a blog up and running who wants to take it further.
(We also run the full ecourses once or twice a year as a group, as many Huddlers have found it encouraging and helpful to work through them alongside others.)
I am enjoying Writers’ Huddle a lot. It has quickly become a vital part of my ongoing learning as a writer. In such a short time (of its existence) I have already received some very helpful critiques of chapters of my nonfiction book and my blog posts and guest posts. A few days back a spot-on interview of Seth Leonard on blog sidebars enabled me to make changes to my blog in minutes that improved it considerably.
The people in this community are warm and friendly and supportive. It’s a safe place to share your work and get feedback. And they are not afraid to tell you what they think, honestly and constructively. I value that. Ali Luke is endlessly inventive and has an uncanny way of targeting and providing the very information we all need in order to improve our writing skills. I highly recommend this community.
– Bill Polm (Keys to Writing)
The Full Archive of Seminars and Q&As
Writers’ Huddle has been running for nearly three years. When you join, you’ll have full access to all the existing seminars and Q&As, including:
2012 Seminars Archive:
February: Controlling Your Love/Hate Relationship with Writing (seminar, 25 mins audio)
March: Freelancing 101 (seminar, 47 mins audio)
March: How to Turn Your WordPress Sidebar from Boring to Soaring, with Seth Leonard (webinar, video)
April: Making Money from Your Writing (seminar, 25 mins audio)
May: Short Stories and Fiction Writing, with E.J. Newman (seminar, 59 mins audio)
June: Writing Your First Novel (seminar, 37 mins audio)
July: Publishing an Ebook (seminar, 35 mins audio)
August: Building Your Author Platform Online (seminar, 42 mins audio)
September: Getting Into a Great Writing Routine (seminar, 35 mins audio)
October: Creating and Writing Great Characters (seminar, 42 mins audio)
November: Writing Articles for Magazines, with Steff Green (seminar, 32 mins audio)
December: Email Marketing Strategies, with Henri Junttila (seminar, 30 mins audio)
2013 Seminars Archive:
January: Creating and Reaching Your Goals (seminar, 31 mins audio)
February: The Writing Process from Start to End (seminar, 37 mins audio)
March: How to Write Dialogue Well (seminar, 25 mins audio)
April: A Hands-On Guide to Editing (video seminar, 25 mins)
May: Writing for the Web: What Every Writer Needs to Know (seminar, 28 mins audio)
June: Revising and Editing Fiction (video seminar, 55 mins)
July – August: First Summer Challenge (forum posts & short videos)
September: Getting Motivated and Tackling Resistance (seminar, 35 mins audio)
October: Handling Viewpoint in Fiction (seminar, 36 mins audio)
November: Heroes and Villains, with Lorna Fergusson (seminar, 38 mins audio)
December: Social Networking & LinkedIn, with Steve Maurer (text seminar)
2014 Seminars Archive:
January: Finding, Boosting and Keeping Your Motivation (seminar, 15 mins audio)
February: Winter Challenge (forum posts & short videos)
March: Will You “Make It” as a Writer? (seminar, 38 mins audio)
April: Writing and Self-Publishing Fiction, with Ellie di Julio (seminar, 51 mins audio)
May: Guest Posting: Waste of Time or Great Promotional Tool? (seminar, 43 mins audio)
June: Freelancing and Entrepreneurship, with Thursday Bram (seminar, 43 mins audio)
July: Writing Quality Fiction (seminar, 37 mins audio)
August: Crafting Great Blog Posts (seminar, 34 mins video)
September: Creative Giants and Being a Successful Writer, with Charlie Gilkey (seminar, 49 mins audio)
October: Ten Novel-Writing Lessons Learned the Hard Way (seminar, 40 mins audio)
November: Building a Platform and Building a Business, with Joanna Penn (seminar, 45 mins audio)
December: Twelve Writing Milestones to Celebrate on Your Path to Success (seminar, 43 mins audio)
2015 Seminars Archive
January: Setting and Meeting Your Writing Goals in 2015, with Barry Demp (seminar, 39 mins audio)
February: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel, with K.M. Weiland (seminar, 34 mins audio)
March: Setting Up Your Website: Three Simple Options Explained (video seminar, 44 mins)
April: Freelance Copywriting and Editing, with Linda Anger (seminar, 42 mins audio)
May: Making Time to Write (two versions of the seminar, 13 and 14 mins audio)
I have learnt a lot in the few months that I’ve been a member of the Huddle, both through the seminars and Q&As as well as on the forum, gleaning advice from other members. Being in a community of writers has also given me the confidence to write my first guest post (which was accepted) after three years of blogging!
– Melissa Goodwin
What’s Coming Up?
During the rest of 2015, as well as regular monthly seminars, we’ll also be having:
- A Summer Challenge, running for six weeks. If you make it through the Challenge (you set your own weekly goals for this), then you’ll be in with a chance of winning the $50 Amazon voucher prize.
- Two new, full ecourses: Launching Your Freelancing Career, and Self-Publishing an Ebook.
For more on these, just see the downloadable Writers’ Huddle booklet.
I remember getting the notification that Ali had started the Huddle and instantly thinking: if there ever was a place to connect with other writers and learn how this online niche works, this is it! And I was right. I’ve learned so much here from other members – and of course from Ali – as we all have different backgrounds and experiences with writing, you have no idea
– Vala Faye
How Do I Pay?
All payments are through PayPal. The $19.99 is automatically taken every 31 days (meaning that you get an extra few days free every year). If you’re not in the US, PayPal will automatically convert your own currency into dollars. You can cancel your membership at any time.
What if I Don’t Have Time for Everything?
There are no mandatory elements of Writers’ Huddle: you can do as much (or as little) as you want. All the content will be available to you for as long as you remain a member: you don’t need to worry if you can’t listen to a seminar straight away, for instance, or if you want extra time on an ecourse.
What if I Want to Leave?
You can leave Writers’ Huddle at any time by cancelling your membership.
If you cancel within the first 30 days, I’ll give you a full refund on your initial month’s fee. I want you to be able to try out Writers’ Huddle without worrying that you’ll end up wasting money.
Joining the Huddle has been a great step for me. It’s given me an opportunity to chat with fellow writers on a daily basis. I’ve received constructive feedback from other Huddlers on pieces offered for critique that immediately improved my own writing. I’ve swapped links on writing tips and greatly enjoyed discussing books on the craft that we’ve read together. I look forward to being part of this community as I continue on my path to being a published writer, because I know I’ll be the better for it when I get there.
– Sean Cunningham