Do you need a writing refresh?
Start the new year with a productive writing habit in this inspiring 6-week course.
DATES: Open enrollment.
Does your writing need a refresh? Do you want to develop confidence and a renewed commitment to your writing? Then the Writing Reboot is for you.
In this course, you will set clear and manageable goals, develop a sustainable writing habit, and write at least 2,000 words per week. This course was designed by New York Times bestselling author, veteran writing teacher, and small press publisher Michelle Richmond.
Each week, you'll receive:
- 2 - 3 new videos
- 2 Written lessons
- Short, manageable assignments (you'll have a few to choose from)
- Access to the instructor through the discussion forum
In the discussions, we'll talk craft, process, and strategies to achieve your goals. You can ask me anything. I'm here to listen and to share with you the insights I've learned over a 20-year writing career.
This is not a workshop course, and you will not be sharing your work. Instead, you will focus on writing, reading, and discovering your story and your voice.
This course is great for you if:
- You want to begin writing or get back into writing
- You want to develop a writing habit
- You need to get inspired again
- You want goal-setting and structure for your writing life
Do you need to have a project in mind to take this course?
No, just come as you are! We will be doing a lot of exploratory writing, including flash fiction and short memoir. Assignments will be customizable for your genre. If you are already working on a novel, memoir, short stories, or essays, the December Writing Reboot will help you generate ideas and regain your momentum, but a current project or project idea is not a prerequisite.
Are there live sessions?
No, there are no live sessions. You will access the lessons when it is convenient for you.
What you will accomplish in this course:
The outcomes of this course will depend upon the goals you set in week one. Here are sample goals for the class:
- Write the first three chapters of a novel or memoir
- Write several flash fictions and submit them for publication
- Develop your novel-in-progress
- Get back into a writing groove
- Make the time to write
- Transform your personal story into fiction or begin your memoir
What students are saying about the Writing Reboot
"During this course I've been writing a chapter a week of a new novel, and I feel much more mindful of the work, which in turn means that the writing is a higher quality."
"I've managed to write about 500 words a day. Being signed up for this class has motivated me to make writing a daily part of my life."
"I'm feeling good about applying the organizational/story map ideas...breathing new life into my novel as well as setting up the clearer structure."
"I'm excited about the rhythm that is in my writing these days.The manageable schedule of putting in seven hours a week at first felt like it wouldn't be enough, but it is sustainable."
"My inner editor finally went to take a nap, and it was awesome! Ultimately I felt much more free while writing and that was extremely cool."
StartVideo: Starting a Habit & Setting Goals (10:06)
StartVideo: What will you write this week? Plus Wild Card Days (6:17)
StartVideo: The Evolution of Story Ideas (7:04)
StartSetting Manageable Goals
StartAssignment: Building from a Remembered Detail
StartExperiment: A Modeled Story
StartDownload: Week 1 Goal Sheet & Schedule
StartWeek One Discussion
StartWhat to Write: 25 Quick Writing Prompts
StartProcess: Intuitive Story & Essay Development (VIDEO) (10:51)
StartSetting Parameters for Your Writing Project
StartCraft: Thieves of Reality: Writing About Real People & Events in Fiction and Memoir (VIDEO) (8:08)
StartFor Further Reading - Running/Walking & Writing
StartWhat to Write: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone with Narrative & Lyric forms
StartWeek Two Discussion
Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts and has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. She has also designed and taught novel writing courses online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.