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Writers’ Huddle is open to all writers: freelancers, novelists, non-fiction authors … and anyone exploring where words take them.

 

We’ve been running since February 2012 and we expect to be around for many more years to come!

As well as all the great teaching content (detailed monthly seminars, full-length ecourses), we have a fantastic, close-knit community of writers supporting one another.

The moment you join, you get access to everything, including our huge archive of resources.

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Top-Notch Tutoring

Each month, we have a brand new audio or video seminar, often with a guest speaker. These come with a nicely-edited transcript and a worksheet that recaps key points.
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Support and Encouragement

We have a very supportive community in our private members’ forums (where we run regular Writing Challenges), and you can join us weekly in our new chatroom.
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All Past Content Included

You get our full archive of seminars (55 and counting!), three full-length ecourses and four premium ebooks. You can download and keep all these, even if you later leave Writers’ Huddle.

Membership of Writers’ Huddle is just $19.99/month (paid via PayPal).

There’s no minimum commitment and no ongoing contract: you can join for a month, take advantage of all the existing content, and leave.

No-quibble refund: if you decide that Writers’ Huddle isn’t quite right for you, just let me know within 30 days and I’ll refund your first month’s membership fee.

Here’s What Members Think of Writers’ Huddle

 

A Warm, Friendly, Supportive Community

I am enjoying Writers’ Huddle a lot. It has quickly become a vital part of my ongoing learning as a writer. I have already received some very helpful critiques of chapters of my nonfiction book and my blog posts and guest posts.

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

Constructive Feedback from Other Huddlers

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

Getting My First Guest Post Published

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 You Get When You Join

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On Track: Group Ecourse Starting Mon 8th May

The Writers’ Huddle ecourses are always available on a self-study basis for members, but periodically (usually once or twice a year for each course), we run through them as a group.

We’ll be starting On Track on Monday 8th May: it’s designed for writers who have stalled on a longer project, like a novel, blog, or non-fiction book, and it’ll help you get unstuck and back on track with your writing.

Module 1: Make a Great Start

  • An introduction to the course, so you’re confident about what’s coming up week by week
  • Four ways to get past the first hurdle of getting started – so that you can get going with your project straight away
  • A quick, simple (but important) assignment to get you writing – this only takes fifteen minutes

Module 2: Setting Milestones That Work

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to split your work-in-progress into sensible milestones that’ll keep you motivated
  • Specific advice on what to do if your project doesn’t seem to fit (for instance, if you’re writing a blog that has no specific end point)
  • The reason why (self-imposed) deadlines matter – and how to set sane ones

Module 3: Your Perfect Writing Routine

  • How to find your best writing time of day – this alone can double or triple how much you write in an hour
  • The difference between setting time targets and word targets – there’s no “right” way, so this lesson helps you figure out what works for you
  • The advantages of short writing sessions – and of long ones. Again, this is all about finding the right pace for you

Module 4: Planning Your Project

  • Specific advice on planning different types of project – novels, blogs and ebooks – so that you can make sure you don’t waste time scratching your head or running off on a tangent
  • Different ways to plan (like mind-mapping and using index cards) so that you can figure out what you find easiest
  • How to plan if you’re already part-way through your project

Module 5: Getting from First Draft to Final Piece

  • The difference between first drafts and final drafts, so that you don’t get bogged down trying to achieve perfection on day one
  • How to avoid distractions like doing too much research, or trying to edit too soon
  • Step by step advice for each stage of the drafting process

Module 6: Sharing Your Love of Writing

  • Four places to find writing support – including a couple of easy ones for when you don’t have much time or energy
  • Tips on sharing your work with a friend or a group – I know how daunting this can be, but also how rewarding it is, and how much it can help you grow
  • How to critique other writers’ work: if you’re asking for feedback from fellow writers, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up returning the favour

Module 7: All the Resources You Need

  • Why you have more resources than you think – a fresh look at your own skills and experiences
  • The four crucial qualities which every writer needs, with specific tips on how to develop or build them
  • The three big external resources that matter, and how to gather and create these
Monthly Seminars to Help You Go Further, Faster

Our members have a broad range of interests, and our past seminars have covered everything from the technicalities of setting up your blog’s sidebar to creating characters that readers love. (The full archive list is further down this page.)

The seminars are normally audio, sometimes video; each one has a full transcript, nicely edited for readability, and video seminars also have an audio plus PowerPoint slides option (in case you don’t like watching video or your computer isn’t up to it). Every seminar also has a worksheet that includes a summary of key points, a practical exercise, and suggestions for further reading or extra resources.

Weekly Emails to Keep You Up-to-Date

I know how easy it is to get busy and fail to login. Every Monday, I send out an email to let you know what’s going on. These emails alert you to:

  • New seminars that have been released
  • Ecourses and Writing Challenges starting or getting underway
  • Interesting forum topics you might want to read or take part in
Personal Help from Me
As a Writers’ Huddle member, you’ve got access to me through our private members’ forums, or, if you prefer, by email. We also have a chatroom where we hold weekly live chats: you’re very welcome to bring your writing questions there (or simply drop in for a chat).
Full Access to ALL (5+ Years!) of Our Past Content

We’ve been going since February 2012 – so there are 60+ past seminars for you to check out, whenever you want. The archive is searchable and seminars are tagged by topic, to make it easy to find the ones that are most relevant for you right now. You can even download the seminar files to your computer so that you’ve still got them if you choose to leave Writers’ Huddle at any point.

Don’t worry about forgetting or missing out on the content here: each month, I highlight specific past seminars in the weekly emails, and I also link to relevant ones in each new seminar’s “Further Reading”.

Group and Self-Study Ecourses

We’ve got three full-length ecourses in Writers’ Huddle: On Track, which is about getting going again with a big writing project; Blog On, which is for new or established bloggers looking to get some momentum with their blogging; and Launching Your Freelancing Career, which is for anyone wanting to make money (or make more money) freelancing.

The courses are available at any time to go through on your own, but we also run them as group courses from time to time. Each course has a dedicated area in the Forums where you can talk to other people who’re working on it.

Lots of Interaction with Other Writers

Right now, we have regular Challenges, a “buddy” system, weekly chats, and of course the forums where anyone can start up a topic for discussion. If you’re having a bad writing week, if you want some critiques of your work-in-progress, or if you just want to hang out with other writers, we’re here for you.

There’s a special forum, “Introductions”, where you can tell us a bit about you and your writing – lots of our old-time members make a point of popping in there to welcome new faces and to offer support and encouragement.

Your 60 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Writers’ Huddle costs $19.99/month, and you can cancel at any time.

I want you to have plenty of time to try out Writers’ Huddle, so there’s a 60 day money-back guarantee: if you decide Writers’ Huddle isn’t quite right for you, just email me within your first 60 days and I’ll refund your payment(s).

Past Seminars Included

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All seminars are audio or video with a nicely edited transcript and a summary of key points in the worksheet.

2017 Seminars Archive

January: How to Market Non-Fiction Books (and Still Have Time to Write), with Ed Cyzewski (seminar, 40 mins)

February: Writing Multi-Genre and Cross-Genre Novels, with Alan Baxter (seminar, 21 mins)

Bonus Seminar: How to Publish an Ebook on Amazon (video seminar, 29 mins)

March: Flashbacks: How to Use Them Well and Get Them Right, with Robert Yune (seminar, 27 mins)

2016 Seminars Archive

January: Beating Procrastination and Conquering Writers’ Block, with Tim Brownson (seminar, 35 mins)

February: Building an Audience for Your Blog and Business (seminar, 35 mins)

March: Crafting Short Stories and Entering Competitions, with Emily Devane (seminar, 38 mins)

April: Seven Ways to Add Depth to Your Characters (seminar, 40 mins)

May: Working with a Writing Coach or Mentor (seminar, 35 mins)

June: 2020 Vision: Setting and Meeting Big Writing Goals (seminar, 38 mins)

July: How to Find Clients for Your Freelancing, with Carol Tice (seminar, 34 mins)

August: Developing Your Fiction Voice and Style (video seminar, 62 mins)

September: How to Set Up Your Website with WordPress.com (video seminar, 31 mins)

October: Writing Novellas and Supernatural Fiction, with Icy Sedgwick (seminar, 24 mins)

November: How to Use Styles in Microsoft Word (and why you should) (video seminar, 23 mins)

December: Productivity for Writers: How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet (seminar, 34 mins)

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) 

June: Writers’ Groups: How to Start One, Join One, or Get the Most from One (seminar, 33 mins audio)

July: Writing, Serialising and Publishing Fiction, with Nick Bryan (seminar, 37 mins audio)

August: Six Reasons to Get Into Freelance Writing (seminar, 27 mins audio)

September: Writing Descriptions that Engage Your Reader and Advance Your Story (video seminar, 47 mins)

October: NaNoWriMo: How to Write a Novel in a Month, with Huddle Members (seminar, 41 mins)

November: Planning, Structuring and Pacing Scenes, with Roz Morris (seminar, 40 mins)

December: Developing Your Non-Fiction Voice and Style (video seminar, 52 minutes)

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)

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)

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)

All Ecourses Included

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Ecourses are mainly text-based, with occasional videos where appropriate. Videos always include brief written instructions.

Blog On (eight weeks)

Module #1: Blogging Ideas: From Your Overall Goal to Individual Posts

  • Knowing what you’re aiming for– understanding what blogging can do for you, and setting goals for your blog
  • Choosing (or refining) your blog’s topic – what should you write about in order to achieve your goals?
  • How to generate ideas for your blog– different tips and techniques to get your mind into gear

Module #2: How to Write a How to Post That Readers Will Love

  • What makes a good how-to post – so you don’t waste your time writing something that your audience doesn’t care about
  • The importance of the three-part post structure: introduction, main body, conclusion – by getting this right, you draw readers in, keep them reading, and make sure they stick around at the end
  • How to come up with the steps of your post – you’ll learn three different methods for this, so that you can find out what suits you best
  • How to format each step of your post – because this makes it easier to write, and easier to read

Module #3: Your Contact Page: Clear, Concise … and Crucial

  • Understand why a contact page is important – and learn what to call it and where to place it in your blog’s navigation
  • Learn what to include on your contact page – so that it’s easy for your readers to connect to you in their preferred way
  • Write and structure your page – with a contact form to encourage readers to engage with you

Module #4: How to Write a List Post That Delivers Real Value

  • What makes a good list post – so you can brainstorm some powerful ideas that will resonate with readers
  • How to use the three-part structure for list posts – the introduction and conclusion are still crucial to “frame” your list and to get your readers to take action
  • How to brainstorm list items – you’ll be able to pick from three different methods, so you can use whatever works best for you
  • Why order matters, and how you can impose it on your list – so that your post will stand out above the crowd (most bloggers don’t think at all about how to order their list items)

Module #5: Your About Page: You, Your Blog, and Why Readers Should Care

  • Get to grips with your About page – the most-read page on your blog, and the hardest one for most bloggers to write!
  • Develop a clear mission statement – this will help you to get readers’ attention, and it’ll give you some guidance for future posts
  • Learn what to include on your About page – so you deliver the information that readers are looking for, and you establish a personal connection with them

Module #6: How to Write a Link Post that Curates Great Content

  • How to come up with a focused and manageable idea – so you can deliver value to your readers without spending the next four weeks hunting down links…
  • Several great ways of opening your link post – it’s important to add a bit of “you” to your post when you’re mainly linking to other people
  • How to make your post useful for your readers – a collection of links alone can seem a bit bare-bones, so we’ll look at different methods for fleshing it out
  • Techniques for using link posts as a regular feature on your blog – this can boost your standing in your niche

Module #7: Your Services Page: What Can You Sell to Your Readers?

  • Brainstorm some ideas about possible services, books or products you could offer – so that you can make money directly from your blog
  • Learn how to market your services/books/products on your blog – with a page that’s designed to draw prospective customers in
  • Add testimonials and step-by-step explanations – to help your customers make up their minds to buy!

Module #8: Creating (and Swiping) Powerful Blog Post Structures

  • Taking basic post types further  learn ways to develop the “how to”, “list” and “link” post structures
  • Developing consistent structures – save time by re-using basic structures, such as for book or product reviews
  • Breaking down other writers’ posts – find and use great structures, based on posts that you’ve enjoyed yourself
On Track (seven weeks)

Module 1: Make a Great Start

  • An introduction to the course, so you’re confident about what’s coming up week by week
  • Four ways to get past the first hurdle of getting started – so that you can get going with your project straight away
  • A quick, simple (but important) assignment to get you writing – this only takes fifteen minutes

Module 2: Setting Milestones That Work

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to split your work-in-progress into sensible milestones that’ll keep you motivated
  • Specific advice on what to do if your project doesn’t seem to fit (for instance, if you’re writing a blog that has no specific end point)
  • The reason why (self-imposed) deadlines matter – and how to set sane ones

Module 3: Your Perfect Writing Routine

  • How to find your best writing time of day – this alone can double or triple how much you write in an hour
  • The difference between setting time targets and word targets – there’s no “right” way, so this lesson helps you figure out what works for you
  • The advantages of short writing sessions – and of long ones. Again, this is all about finding the right pace for you

Module 4: Planning Your Project

  • Specific advice on planning different types of project – novels, blogs and ebooks – so that you can make sure you don’t waste time scratching your head or running off on a tangent
  • Different ways to plan (like mind-mapping and using index cards) so that you can figure out what you find easiest
  • How to plan if you’re already part-way through your project

Module 5: Getting from First Draft to Final Piece

  • The difference between first drafts and final drafts, so that you don’t get bogged down trying to achieve perfection on day one
  • How to avoid distractions like doing too much research, or trying to edit too soon
  • Step by step advice for each stage of the drafting process

Module 6: Sharing Your Love of Writing

  • Four places to find writing support – including a couple of easy ones for when you don’t have much time or energy
  • Tips on sharing your work with a friend or a group – I know how daunting this can be, but also how rewarding it is, and how much it can help you grow
  • How to critique other writers’ work: if you’re asking for feedback from fellow writers, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up returning the favour

Module 7: All the Resources You Need

  • Why you have more resources than you think – a fresh look at your own skills and experiences
  • The four crucial qualities which every writer needs, with specific tips on how to develop or build them
  • The three big external resources that matter, and how to gather and create these
Launching Your Freelancing Career (eight weeks)

Module #1: Refining Your Business Idea 

Module #2: Setting Yourself Up to Do Business

Module #3: Building Your Online Presence 

Module #4: Writing Your First Pieces and Getting Testimonials 

Module #5: Finding Your First Clients 

Module #6: Growing Your Network 

Module #7: Handling Clients – Monday 16th November

Module #8: Switching to Full-Time – Monday 23rd November

Getting Started with Fiction (mini-course)

Once you’ve taken this mini-course, you’ll be able to:

  • Come up with plenty of great ideas
  • Fill your plots with page-turning conflict
  • Create characters who readers care about
  • Place your story or novel in the right setting
  • Get started with the actual writing
Microsoft Word for Writers (mini-course)

Once you’ve taken this mini-course, you’ll be able to:

  • Add headers and footers to your document
  • Put a page number on every page
  • Use styles for paragraphs and headings
  • Include an auto-generated table of contents
  • Move text to the next page using page breaks
Starting Your First Blog (mini-course)

Once you’ve taken this mini-course, you’ll have your very own WordPress blog with:

  • A great name and domain name
  • A design that you like
  • An “About” page in place
  • Your first post published

What Will You Write in 2017?

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