let's get your book written
Writing a novel is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and meaningful things you can do– and one of the hardest. Many writers never begin their books, or put down the work mid-way, because they lack support and guidance, both of which are necessary for success.
Our Write Your Novel in 4 Months Program breaks down the novel-writing process into a perfectly designed support framework. We’ve thought of everything, so all you have to do is show up and write, and we handle the rest!
It's your time to finally start writing your novel.
Writing a novel is about more than having a great idea. (A great idea is wonderful, but then … well, now what do you do?)
Numerous factors go into the writing of a novel, which can make the process feel overwhelming. Project managing your time and schedule, learning and deepening your awareness of writing craft, and sustaining your own energy and motivation is a lot to juggle– all while you’re supposed to be submerging yourself in the narrative world you’re creating to write a meaningful and engaging story.
Our “all-in-one” program gives you the opportunity to focus solely on the writing by providing the accountability, guidance, and hands-on support you need to feel strong, stay the course, and complete your first important draft in 4 months.
⇒ Comprehensive Instruction in Writing Craft
The 20 program lessons take you through the preparation of the book, the phases of writing the novel, and all the elements of writing craft you’ll need to design the plot, storyline, characters, structure, and more. You also learn strategies for managing pitfalls and staying focused to sustain the work. Each lesson is delivered both in video and text and comes with downloadable files, readings, and resources.
The lessons will inspire and provide new ideas to all writers, from emerging to professional.
This program was created to support people with busy lives who nonetheless want to write books and for whom targeted, personal support and guidance will best maximize their time and energy.
The program writing schedule is 5 days per week, for about 1-1.5 hours per day. The schedule can be adapted and customized to any needs.
You follow your progressive calendar and accountability sheet along with your mentor and collaboratively find ways to make sure you stay on track.
Then, in 4 months, you will have 240-320 pages: a completed first draft of your novel!
⇒ Mentor Guidance and Support
Having a writing coach and editor by your side throughout the writing makes a huge difference to your feelings of confidence and motivation.
In your mentor meetings, you get story advice, motivational strategies, accountability, and solutions, insights, and inspiration to help you stay on track and feeling strong.
This relationship makes all the difference when it comes to feeling energy and drive for finishing your novel draft.
– The Complete program comes with 8 hours of mentorship that’s suggested to take place in weekly meetings
– The Essential program comes with 4 hours of mentorship that’s suggested to take place in bi-weekly (every-other-week) meetings
Check out our incredible team of mentors HERE!
What Kind of Writer Is This Program For?
- For the writer—whether emerging or professional—who wants to focus on the creative aspect of novel writing while someone else handles all other project-management details required to successfully complete a long-form book project
- A writer who wants to step into a functioning system to maximize your time and energy
- A writer who knows the benefit of partnering with a nurturing professional whose focus is to help you through your work with actionable insights, detailed suggestions, and plenty of constructive cheerleading
- A writer willing and able to carve out the 1+ hour per day for the next 4 months (or longer if you extend your program) to achieve this important goal
- A writer who is starting from the barest idea or rough notes or who wishes to rewrite their first draft under the care and guidance of a mentor, while learning craft to apply to the work at a deeper, more conscious level
- A writer who knows “you can’t edit a blank page” and is willing to barrel forward through the first draft so you have it as a concrete starting point for the book it will eventually become.
This mentor model spaces out the meetings to every other week to give writers connection and contact with their mentor, keeping the cost of the program lower, and your motivation and opportunity for support high!
This full support program ensures you’ve got your mentor by your side throughout the work to keep you buoyed and feeling strong while you write. The weekly continuity of your meetings enables your mentor to get to know you and your book and best advise you on story development and managing the workload.
You receive the lessons, accountability sheet, and 4-month progressive calendar. Ideal for the writer who is self-motivated, this version of the program enables you to use the framework to achieve your goals.
*Individual mentorship hours may be purchased on an as-needed basis at any point in the program.
What's the Time Commitment Involved?
Here’s how the program works out time-wise:
- 3-4 pages per day of writing, 5 days per week
- Weekly (or bi-weekly) half-hour mentor meetings
- Half an hour per week to go through the lesson content and videos
Overall, you’re looking at spending 8-9 hours per week on your program or more if you take advantage of the additional suggested resources and readings.
Why Is This Program Effective?
The initial drafting of a novel—including getting started, establishing a routine, and deepening your awareness and application of craft—is for many writers the hardest step of writing the book
Having a literary professional by your side the entire time, lessons that walk you step-by-step through the often vulnerable and emotionally demanding process and that teach you all the necessary craft elements that you can put to use straight away, and a schedule that works around your life ensure you are successful.
The 4-month timeline* is both manageable—particularly important for writers with a job, a family, responsibilities, or all of the above—and just this side of ambitious. It gives you the special opportunity to prioritize your writing for this short time and to show both you and the world that your story is important, and that you can do this meaningful work, but feasibly so.
*The program length and writing schedule can be easily adapted to meet your needs. Just let us know!
Essential Program (Bi-Weekly Mentorship)
Complete Program (Weekly Mentorship)
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What You Get During the Free 7-Day Trial
The first week is an important one as it’s when you plan the foundation of your book, establish your writing approach and create systems to support it, and identify how to overcome hurdles and blocks to ensure a smooth road ahead.
During your first week, you receive:
- 4 comprehensive lessons in video and text
- An expanded workbook, quiz, downloadable files, outline guidelines and assignments
- Suggested readings and additional resources
The Flow of the Program: The Lesson Modules
The 8 modules contain 20 lessons: 3 preparatory lessons, 16 weekly program lessons, and 1 last lesson that explores your next steps in depth. Each lesson is timed to correspond with your novel’s development.
The Lessons’ Instructor: Jenna Kalinsky, Founding Director of One Lit Place
The moment you sign up, you get your first lesson, and away you go!
Yes, you will yield a completed first draft of your book, which is pretty incredible.
On an even larger scale, you will also:
◊ Know you can set out to accomplish a goal of this size and achieve it.
◊ Learn about yourself and what you’re made of, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and how you can both push and nurture yourself to get the job done.
◊ Take in an unbelievable amount of writing craft—what it is, how to use it, and how to upend it for your own creative purposes.
◊ Experience how it feels to be a literary insider and part of this exciting world.
◊ See how strong and capable you are as a person.
◊ Learn how it feels to know you can soon publish your book and begin your life as an author.
What It Means to Be "Ready"
Leaping into writing a novel may never be something you feel “ready” to do- often it’s something you know deep within you want, but to make a move, you must do something to kick yourself over the starting line.
The reassuring thing is if you want this for yourself and were to enroll now (yes, right now!), then you’d be in, you’d be doing it, and it would become your daily reality.
From that point, the waking up an hour earlier each day or putting your Netflix time on hold at night to write will simply become your life: a life when you’re actively doing this extraordinary thing for yourself.
When you then hit the 4-month mark, you can look back and realize how far you’ve come and what you’ve achieved.
And then, you can look down and see that you’re holding a draft of your novel.
- The Complete program comes with weekly 30-minute virtual meetings with your mentor + live chat as needed (8 hours total) | the Essential program comes with bi-weekly meetings with your mentor + live chat as needed (4 hours total)
- 20 comprehensive course lessons containing video, lecture, and additional suggested resources and readings
- Customizable writing schedule (adaptations available upon request)
- Downloadable workbook, sheets, resources, and guides
- 24/7 access to a private team in our editors platform
In your first program email, you will receive a questionnaire that will help us match you to the most appropriate member of our team. In addition to our mentors being highly skilled writing coaches and editors, having worked with clients of all backgrounds and writing interests for a minimum of 10 years, they’re also published authors and hold either a MFA (or M.A.) and/or a PhD in Writing and English Literature.
It’s exciting and affirming to have their fresh perspective, their experience and guidance, and their overall support for the work you’re doing. Whether this is your first book or your 6th, they will meet you with what you need and how you need it, bringing insights, strategies, pertinent resources, and more so you feel specifically heard and understood.
You will be paired with your mentor based on your project, their availability, and any personal characteristics that may make for a lasting fruitful relationship.
All program lessons are delivered directly to you by email. When you meet your mentor, you will be given access to a private team in our editors’ platform, where you can 24/7 live chat, see your accountability sheet and custom writing calendar, securely share files, and schedule your meetings, which may take place either by phone, Zoom, or Google meet.
Right away, you receive your first email welcoming you to the program. In that email, you will be given all of your admin details, a questionnaire to help us match you with your mentor, and everything you need to begin your first assignment!
This program is designed to be relevant and inspiring to all levels of writer. If you’re new to the craft, you will gain access into the building blocks of a novel and how to use them in the real-life context of your writing. The purpose of the program is to give you tools that will ultimately inform your book but as importantly, a framework that will usher you along through your first draft. The goal isn’t to have a publishable book by the end of the program but a foundation from which you can then adapt and refine with your mentor once it’s written. As Jodi Picoult says, “You can’t edit a blank page.” This program will give you all you need to begin your novel’s journey!
The purpose of the program is to usher you through your first draft so you give rise to risky, dynamic material without editing or concerning yourself with your novel’s future. A more seasoned writer will appreciate not having to project manage the work, having a mentor by your side who can keep you straight, engage you in higher level conversations about the development of your book and writing craft, and the chance to visit craft in the lessons where you will appreciate the more advanced insights, resources, and opportunity to reinforce your skill set by implementing (and upending) these elements in your work.
Because this program is a one-on-one experience between you and your mentor, you can sign up any time. The program begins the moment you enroll! You will have a full week of preparation assignments and exercises, and you will meet your mentor at the beginning of Week 2.
Your first week of the program is FREE, so you can see if it’s right for you. On the 8th day, your credit card will be charged the first month’s payment. The remaining 3 payments will follow one month apart until all 4 payments have been made. *If you wish to make alternative payment arrangements with us such as paying by e-transfer or Zelle, please reach out!
At any time during your program, if you have a trip planned or life gets in the way, we will be happy to pause your program lessons and mentor meetings until you can back on schedule. There is no limit to how long you may pause your program content, and we will work with you and your circumstances to find a viable way to keep you writing.
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Essential Program (Bi-Weekly Mentorship)
Complete Program (Weekly Mentorship)