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When you become a member of Writers’ Huddle, you become part of a 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)
I’m Ali Luke, and I’m a full-time writer, making a living through my words. I’ve been blogging professionally for five years, and you’ll find my work on lots of large sites like Copyblogger, Write to Done, Men with Pens, and ProBlogger.
I’ve got an English Literature degree from Cambridge University (2006) and a Creative & Life Writing Masters from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010).
I’m the author of the contemporary fantasy novel Lycopolis (2011) and Publishing E-Books For Dummies (2012), in Wiley’s popular For Dummies series.
I also worked in IT for two years (2006 – 2008) doing software testing, user support and documentation, so I’m good at explaining technical things in plain English.
Full Contents of Writers’ Huddle
Here’s what you’ll get as soon as you join:
Your Welcome Pack
You’ll receive this straight to your inbox, as a .pdf, so that you can download it and read it at your convenience. You can even print it out, if you want.
There’s a lot going on inside the Huddle, so your Welcome Pack will help you get started.
Seven Pillars of Great Writing (ebook)
Seven Pillars of Great Writing is a 41-page ebook that covers:
- Structure: Why it matters, and how to get it right
- Flow: How to get transitions and pacing right
- Clarity: Making your ideas, argument and sentences clear
- Tone: Writing in a consistent and appropriate way
- Grammar: Myths busted — and the basics explained clearly
- Economy: Making your piece concise and engaging
- Heart: How to make your writing powerful
Each chapter gives you real-life examples so you can see how other writers put these seven pillars into practice.
Access to The Writers’ Huddle Forums
You can chat with me, and all the other Writers’ Huddle members, on the forums.
If you want, you can use the Critiques forum post pieces of work-in-progress for other members to comment on. The Writing Chat forum always has interesting topics to join in with, and we run a regular Book Group through the forums too.
The Writers’ Huddle forums. (Names have been blanked out to protect members’ privacy.)
Although the Writers’ Huddle is a new community there are lots of incredibly useful resources and wonderfully helpful members. The Q&A section is great too allowing you to get your questions answered. I’ve been a lurker too long but my new writing projects mean that the Huddle is one resource I’ll be using regularly as I complete them. Not least because I can get input and feedback from my fellow Huddlers.
– Amanda Davey
It’s wonderful, and I’ve gotten so much support, even though I’m really young and don’t have much experience (only a few years). The forums have very cool people, and the newsletters have tidbits that’re useful. I spend most of my time on the forums, since there’s so many sections to explore, add to, and absorb.
Four Self-Study Mini-Courses
These are self-paced courses that you can go through as quickly or slowly as you want. They’re designed for beginners, and each one is broken down into short lessons with exercises to help you put what you learn into practice.
Getting Started with Fiction (text)
If you’re new to fiction writing – or if you just want to brush up on the basics – then this mini-course is for you. It’s suitable for short story writers and for novelists. The six lessons cover ideas, plot, character, setting and getting started on your story.
Microsoft Word for Writers (text and video)
Many writers use Microsoft Word – but most of them don’t know how to use it effectively. This mini-course has six lessons covering headers and footers, page numbers, paragraph and heading styling, inserting a table of contents, and using page breaks.
Setting Up Your First Blog (text and video)
If you’re interested in blogging but aren’t sure how to get started, then this mini-course will help. You’ll learn how to set up your first blog, with seven lessons covering every step from creating your WordPress.com account to writing your first post.
Twitter for Writers (text and video)
A lot of people struggle to “get” Twitter initially … but it’s one of the best social networks for us writers. This mini-course helps you get started, with five lessons covering creating your account, writing tweets, understanding Twitter terminology, and getting the most from Twitter with useful tools.
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)
Archive of Seminars and Q&As
Writers’ Huddle has been running for over two years. When you join, you’ll have 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)
I have learnt a lot in the few months that I’ve been a memeber 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
On Track: Full E-Course
The On Track e-course is included in your Huddle membership. You can go through the course at any time, at your own pace. (You can also sign up for On Track for free, but you’ll receive one module per week and won’t have access to the full course at once.)
Module 1: Make a Great Start
Module 2: Setting Milestones That Work
Module 3: Your Perfect Writing Routine
Module 4: Planning Your Project
Module 5: Getting from First Draft to Final Piece
Module 6: Sharing Your Love of Writing
Module 7: All the Resources You Need
Blog On: Full E-Course
Module 1: Coming Up with Ideas
Module 2: How to Write a How to Post
Module 3: Your Contact Page
Module 4: How to Write a List Post
Module 5: Your About Page
Module 6: How to Write a Link Post
Module 7: Your Services Page
Module 8: Advanced Blog Post Structures
I have found Ali’s work to be consistently useful and this course [Blog On] is no exception. The course takes you step by step, through what you need to do to write good, solid blog posts. I have admired Ali’s writing for a long time and have often visited her site to get inspiration about how to write or structure a post so it is great to go “behind the scenes” and learn more for myself about writing excellent web content.
– Jen M. Smith, JenMSmith.com
50% Discount on All My Ebooks
As a Writers’ Huddle member, you get a 50% discount on all my ebooks. That means that you can pick up one of my Blogger’s Guides for $14.50 instead of $29, or all four Blogger’s Guides for just $33 instead of $66.
(You’ll get a 50% discount on any future ebooks too.)
As well of all of the above – which you have instant access to as soon as you join – you get everything below on a month by month basis:
Every month, you’ll get an exclusive seminar.
The seminars each take an in-depth look at a particular writing topic: they are audio recordings, usually around 30 – 40 minutes long, with a transcript and worksheet in .pdf format.
Sometimes, the seminar is from me. Other times, I bring on board an expert in a particular area and I’ll get them to share all their tips. If there’s a particular topic that you’d like to see covered in a seminar, you can propose it in the forums.
Monthly Book Group
Roughly every month, we choose one book to read and discuss. This is completely optional, and you can join in as often or as infrequently as you want.
So far, we’ve looked at a wide range of books, covering everything from short story writing to online platform-building. Any Huddler can propose a book for discussion, so if there’s something you want to get round to reading (or have read and would like to discuss), you’re welcome to suggest it.
Every week, I email you with a summing-up of what’s been happening in Writers’ Huddle. You’ll typically hear about:
- Any recent new teaching content (e.g. seminars, mini-courses, Q&A recordings)
- Interesting forum discussions to check out
- Any important news or announcements, like a new Book Group discussion
You get all of this for just $19.99/month:
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
If you’ve got a question about Writers’ Huddle which I haven’t addressed here, just drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get back to you.
$19.99/month Seems Low for All This – What’s the Catch?
There’s no catch! I’ve kept the price low because I want Writers’ Huddle to be affordable for as many writers as possible, from hobbyists to new freelancers to fiction-writers.
Whenever I add new materials to Writers’ Huddle, even full ecourses, these are included in your membership fee.
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, so you don’t need to worry about that.
If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you’ll be given the option to create one when you click the “Join Now” button.
You can cancel your membership at any time, of course.
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. The weekly emails are designed to give you a quick summary of what’s been happening in the Huddle, to help save you time.
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.
How Will I Get All the Content?
There are several types of content to suit different topics and different learning styles:
- Written lessons that you can read online, in On Track, Blog On and all the mini-courses
- Short videos to help you understand technical concepts, in the Microsoft Word for Writers, Starting Your First Blog and Twitter for Writers mini-courses
- Audio (and sometimes video) recordings for the monthly seminars, with written transcripts for people who don’t like listening to audio, plus worksheets to help you put what you learn into practice
- Online forums where you can interact with me and other members by writing messages
- Weekly emails to help point you towards new content and interesting forum discussions
As soon as you join, you’ll get a welcome pack that helps you get oriented.
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