Online Writing Quest

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 your goal.

Led by Faith Adiele, 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.
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Starts Tuesday, July 14th

Writing alone is hard. Come write with soul friends.

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!

The Quest includes accountability buddies, weekly live video writing lessons, and secret rewards -- like an invite to a conversation with a NYT Bestseller --  to keep you engaged.

By the end of our last Quest, 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.

What do you wish you could have completed in 5 weeks?

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How it works:

1. You set your writing goal

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.

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2. We'll match you with an accountability buddy

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 all can win.

(You can learn more about how we make matches below in the FAQ).

3. Write, then check-in with your buddy!

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.

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4. Award-winning author leads weekly video sessions (~90 minutes)

Every Tuesday night, our Guide, Faith, will lead our weekly sessions, which includes a practical writing lesson, 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”

5. Unlock Secret Rewards

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 invitation to a QA night with a New York Times Bestseller, Alka Joshi.

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$290-$390 per person

We'll also donate 5% of your ticket to an organization of your choice that is working towards racial justice.  You’ll see how this works and also a Scholarship option when you click the button below.

By the end of this quest, you will have

  • Set a meaningful writing goal and reached it!
  • Had regular opportunities to share and get feedback on your work from your accountability buddies
  • Learned new writing lessons and exercises from an award-winning author and guest speakers we bring in
  • Unlocked a variety of rewards such as a 30 minute call with a Writing Coach
  • Made new writing friends who are similarly going through the writing process in a supportive and inspiring environment

There is only one rule

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

When

July 14 - August 18 | 6 Sessions Over 5 Weeks
(All sessions are over Zoom)

  • July 14th: Kick Off Video Call
  • Weekly Tuesday Night Video Calls (7pm - 840pm PT)
  • August 18: Celebration Video Call

Our Wonderful Guide

Educated at Harvard, the Iowa Writers Workshop in Fiction, and the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, Faith Adiele has lived, taught, and presented around the globe.

Her memoir about becoming the first black Buddhist nun of Thailand, Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), received numerous accolades including a PEN Open Book Award for Best Memoir and 16 artists’ residencies.

She has also previously founded the nation's first workshop for travel writers of color through VONA/Voices and wrote/starred in a documentary that's been featured on PBS titled, "My Journey Home."

Faith is excited to bring her decades of experiences and insights to our Anam Cara community.

What our past participants are saying

9.2 out of 10 rating

Genius.

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!

Kerry
Corporate Social Impact Manager

I wish it didn't end...

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!!

Stanton
Documentary Photo Journalist

So Amazing!

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

Anna
Director of Field Operations

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FAQs


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. Is this just for people working on books or blogs?
Nope! This Quest is open to people working on all kinds of writing -- most people signed up are working on a book, writing short essays, or short stories but there are also some folks working on poetry and screenplays. We hope your creative juices will be amplified by being exposed to a variety of writings.

3. What's the time commitment?
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.

4. How can I stay in the loop?

Join our newsletter to know more updates about this Quest and future ones!

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5. What’s the refund policy?
You can receive a 100% refund by July 5th.

6. I have more questions...
No problem! You can email Payam (our Founder) at Payam@JoinAnamCara.com. He's a super fast replier!

7. Who else is a part of this Quest and what are their writing goals?
We have people signed up from across the US working on a wide range of writing goals -- such as finishing their first book proposal, completing 4 work related blog posts, launching their cooking blog, refining a short story and getting it published in a notable magazine, and much more!

Here are a few of their lovely faces: