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I signed up for hope*writers in May of 2019. Since then I have learned a lot about myself as writer, about mindset, and about the different experiences authors can have.
My journey began by taking this quiz to figure out where I needed help.
The reason for my signing up for hope*writers was for the community it promised me. But there are so many more reasons to sign up.
What is it?
hope*writers is an online, membership-based learning portal for writers of all levels. Their mission is to create a community in which all writers can find the resources and support they need to continue their writing practice.
On the website, members have access to video and text-based lessons, the entire collection of hope*writers’ interviews with professionals in the field, and a few online courses. The lessons are divided into 6 categories – level 1 being designed for the beginner writer and level 6 for the professional author. hope*writers has a fun quiz to help you figure out what category you’re in right now.
Members also have access to the Facebook group and are encouraged to join a hope*circle, which is a smaller, temporary club created by members to cater to a specific writing need they have so they can receive and give a higher level of support.
How much does it cost?
A monthly membership costs $47 USD. This gives you access to the learning portal, the Facebook group, and the Tuesday*Teaching interviews with professionals.
I was able to purchase an annual membership for $479 USD, which gave me access to the same things as the monthly membership plus $50 credit to the store and access to two additional online courses “Perfect Writing Day” and “Email Growth Course.”
hope*writers offers a 60-day full refund if you find you’re not happy with their services, as long as you’ve logged into the learning portal, engaged on the Facebook group and joined a hope*circle.
- The hope*writer resource library is constantly growing, due primarily to the fact that every Tuesday the founders interview a professional from the writing industry.
- Organizing the lessons into 6 categories based on where you’re at in your writing career gives you a little direction in your self-led education.
- The founders will often come up with challenges for members to join on Facebook. Challenges that have occurred during my membership so far have been building a writing habit over a week, making sure you have a great author website, and what to do when you’re feeling stuck.
- The community is incredibly supportive and loves to provide feedback, advice, and direction.
- Because the community is growing, the Facebook group can feel overwhelming and FOMO might occur. Coming to terms with not reading every post is a must.
- There isn’t any accountability. It can be easy to forget about your membership and not sign in for a long time because the resources are all self-led. (You could create a hope*circle that provides accountability to each other for actually putting in the time to take advantage of everything hope*writers has to offer.)
- Tuesday*Teachings (weekly interviews with professionals) can get a little tedious because the discussion sometimes drifts away from concrete advice and are always more than an hour long. There are, however, notes drafted up by members after every interview that state important points that stood out to them.
hope*writers is a great investment for the serious writer. It’s a one-stop shop for information on websites, email lists, publishing, and more. While memberships aren’t cheap, I can’t say that they’re unreasonably priced because the existing resources are so plentiful, cover a wide range of topics, and come from writers and publishers and agents with so much professional experience. On top of that, new content is always being created including more interviews, free online courses, and week-long challenges on the Facebook community.
To get the most out of your membership, you need to make a commitment to going onto the website and working through the lessons.
If you have any more questions about my experience with hope*writers, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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