If you want to finally publish those essays you’ve had in draft mode, make significant progress on that book you’re working on, or simply create more dedicated space in your life to write -- we're here for you!
Enter our Online Writing Quests: You choose your own 5-week writing goal. We'll surround you with a top-notch instructor and incredibly supportive community to help you reach it.
All of our Quests include accountability buddies, weekly live video writing lessons, guest speakers, and secret rewards.
Keep scrolling to learn how it all works!
Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Quest
An opportunity to make progress on that book that seems to be taking forever to complete and be surrounded with fellow authors.
You'll also learn about outlining, editing, publishing and more, all led by an award-winning author who's been there.
Led by: Faith Adiele
Short Stories & Essays Quest
Calling all bloggers and short story writers — this is for you!
We’ll match you up with new friends who are also writing big thoughts in smaller packages.
You'll give and receive feedback, and improve your craft through weekly writing lessons by an expert instructor.
Led by: TBD
All Genres Quest
This Quest is for those working on any genre -- books, blogs, poetry, screenplays, comedy sketches, and more!
A chance to not only make progress on your writing but also be exposed to and make new friends working on a variety of writing styles.
Led by: Faith Adiele
Faith Adiele is an award-winning author and writing professor. Her work has been featured in the Oprah Magazine, on NPR, and has written/starred in a documentary on PBS.
Educated at Harvard, the Iowa Writers Workshop in Fiction, and the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, Faith has lived, taught, and presented around the globe.
Choose a goal that’s meaningful and easy to measure for you. It could be # of pages, # of blog posts, # of hours writing per week, or whatever feels right for you. We’ll help you refine this at our Kick Off Call.
Community is key to overcoming setbacks and moments of doubt. Your buddy will encourage you and you'll do the same for them because when we're all in it together, we can all win.
(You can learn more about how we make matches below in the FAQ).
At the end of each week, you’ll send your writing to your accountability buddy for feedback and you’ll provide them feedback too. It can be over video, phone, or email. Whatever works best for the two of you.
Every Tuesday night, our Writing Guide will lead our weekly sessions, which includes a practical writing lesson specific to your Quest type, writing prompts, and time to check in with others.
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”
Each week you hit your goal, you unlock a Secret Reward - sometimes silly things and other times big things. In the past, our bigger rewards have included a private call with a Professional Writing Coach, invitation to a QA night with a New York Times Bestseller, Alka Joshi, and more!
The name of our community is Anam Cara, which is an old Gaelic word that means “Soul Friend”, and at every event (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
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 Faith's (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 Faith!!
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
1. How are accountability matches made?
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.
2. What's the time commitment?
The amount of time you spend per week 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. (The duration of each Quest is 5 weeks).
3. How much do the Quests cost?
Between $290-$390. We also offer a select number of Scholarship Tickets to make each Quest more affordable for folks.
4. What are examples of writing goals past participants have set and reached?
We encourage folks to set a goal that's meaningful to them rather than what others are doing but here are examples to help provide inspiration-- past participants have launched blogs (like this), written 20,000 words for their first memoir, dedicated 20 minutes of writing per day, written 10 poems, and more.
5. How can I stay in the loop?
Join one of our waitlists above to stay in the loop about a specific Quest. You're also welcome to join our newsletter to get the latest news and stories about our current Quest and what's happening in our community.
Don’t see your question here? Feel free to email your question to Payam at Payam@JoinAnamCara.com.