Are you looking to jumpstart your writing? Do you want to have fun and make new friends along the way? Look no further, the SoulFriends community is here for you!
This 5-Week Online Writing Quest is for you if you:
By the end of our Quests, participants launched blogs (like this), wrote 20,000 words for their first book, and picked up new writing techniques and habits to keep the momentum going.
Choose weekly goals that are meaningful and easy to measure for you. For example, it could be number of pages, number of blog posts, or number of hours writing. We'll help you refine this is at our Kickoff Call.
Community is key to overcoming setbacks and moments of doubt. Your buddy and team will encourage you and you'll do the same for them because when we're all in it together, we can all win.
(Learn more about how we make matches below in the FAQ).
Every Wednesday evening, we'll bring in a new writing instructor, to lead our weekly live video sessions, which includes a practical writing lesson, writing prompts, and time to check in with others. (~90 minutes)
Past topics have included:
- "The Art & Science of Persuasion: Using The Eleven Senses to Improve your Writing"
- "Second Dates: From Line Editing to Book Revision”
At the end of each week, you’ll send your writing to your accountability buddy and exchange feedback. It can be over video, phone, or email. Whatever works best for the two of you!
Each week you hit your goal, you unlock a Secret Reward - sometimes silly things and other times big things like a private call with a professional writing coach or a QA night with a special guest speaker.
At all of our gatherings (whether online or offline), our only rule is that you treat every single person as if they are your soul friend
That means go the extra mile for one another - support and root one another on like you’ve never experienced before because everything changes when you are in a room full of soul friends
Oct 14 - Nov 18 | 6 Sessions Over 5 Weeks
(Live video calls over Zoom)
Faith Adiele is an award-winning author, professor, and speaker who was named one of Marie Claire Magazine’s “5 Women to Learn From." Her memoir Meeting Faith, chronicles her journey dropping out of Harvard and ordaining as Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun. Her work has been featured in places such as NPR, the Oprah Magazine, and HBO Max.
Educated at Harvard, the Iowa Writers Workshop in Fiction, and the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa.
Jiji Lee is a comedy writer and stand up comedian. Her humor writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and Reductress. As a comedic storyteller, she has performed all around New York City and elsewhere, including RISK!, The Kennedy Center’s Story League show, a New York Times Opinion Live event with Maureen Dowd, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and has hosted The Moth storytelling events at Barnard College.
Raina León, PhD is an award-winning poet, fiction, nonfiction writer, and professor. Her work has been published in over 100 journals and anthologies. She's been a finalist for Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize and Naomi Long Madgett Prize.
She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the Farallon Review, Women’s Basketball
Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, and Historical Novel Society Review.
She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and was the spring 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College (CA) where she now teaches. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College.
9.2 out of 10 rating
I LOVED my writing quest - it was truly life changing. I did so much more writing than I have in a long, long time!
You all did an amazing job at building community in the virtual world. The way our buddies and teams were put together was genius; Morgan has been the perfect writing buddy for me!
I felt like I had hit a wall with my writing, and our instructor's exercises were so effective and valuable while also simple to pick up.
I wish I had an entire semester to learn from her!!
THANK YOU so much for putting together this writing series. I've had such amazing one on ones with my writing buddy, Rachel.
I wrote something this weekend that just feels right. One of the few times in my life I've written something I objectively believe to be Quality. I feel like this was a very important step in the process of finding my authentic voice as a writer. :D
We'd love to have you for our next Quest
After you sign up, we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out and we use those responses to help us make matches. A few key things we take into account when matching are: writing level, the kind of writing you are working on, and personality fit.
Many of our buddies in the past have continued to stay in touch even after their Quest ended! 💜
Nope! Most people tend to be working on a book, short stories, or short essays but this Quest is open to people working on all kinds of writing. We've had folks in the past working on poetry and screenplays too!
Nope! We've had people at all sorts of writing levels participate - from beginners to freelance writers to folks who's work has been featured in the biggest publications you can think of. This isn't a competition, everyone sets goals that are meaningful and relevant to them, and everyone supports each other to get there.
At the same time, we do take into account participant's writing levels when we make buddy matches and how we tailor our sessions.
There will be about 50 folks total. You will be matched with a buddy and a 4 person team, where you'll have a chance to learn from others, get support, and give support. Our goal is to provide you a small group for accountability, consistency, and momentum and have the larger (~50 person) community to lean into for wider support and questions.
It depends on how much time you are dedicating to your writing. Generally, 4 hours per week is average, which includes time you write, our weekly sessions, and your buddy check-in.
You can receive a 100% refund by October 8th.
Given the size of the group, instructors will not be giving folks individual feedback on their writing. However, there'll be opportunities to get feedback on your work from your buddy and one of the rewards at the end is we will raffle off a number of spots for a private call with a Writing Coach. Additionally, at the end of each of our sessions, there's dedicated QA time where you can ask instructors anything you like.
Absolutely! There's folks working on a wide range of goals such as finishing three chapters in their book, completing 4 blog posts, launching their blog, writing for 30 minutes a day, refining a short story and getting it published in a notable magazine, and much more!
We'll help you break your 5 week goals into weekly goals too so it's easier to make progress and you can see if and when you need to adjust your goals.
We have terrific, kind-hearted people signed up from across the country. Folks across different writing levels, working on different genres, and wide variety of goals. There'll be no shortage of people to get support from, build relationships with, and learn with. Here are a few of them:
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No problem! You can email Payam (our Founder) at Payam@writewithfriends.com. He's a super fast replier!