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The Writing Mom

Practical insights, effective instruction, and Biblical inspiration to help make your writing dreams line up with your actual (mom) life.

Have you felt like you've had to put your writing dreams on hold in this current season of motherhood? Or that you're not even sure if you are allowed to pursue writing during this time in your life?

I know exactly how you feel. I'm a writing mom and a working mom, and I've wrestled through wondering if it's even possible to grow as a writer in the years when my kids demand so much from me.

I asked all of the questions:

Is it even possible to grow as a writer in this season as a mom?

Is it worth it to invest time and energy in something I love that doesn't make any money?

Is it feasible to have meaningful time to write when life feels so full and chaotic?

Is it wise to pursue my writing dreams while my kids still need lots and lots of attention?

But even with all of the questions, writing was something that made me feel alive in the midst of mothering. So, after praying, I decided to dive in with both feet: I gave my all to mothering and what I could to my writing.

And what I've found is that it's not so impossible after all. Motherhood and writing aren't mutually exclusive; in fact, I've been able to invest in life-giving work as a writer that compliments--and doesn't compete with--my calling as a mom.

In the years since my daughter's birth, I've seen my articles published in national magazines, I've been able to grow my online presence and email list from the ground up, and I even signed a book contract with my dream publisher.

My family didn't suffer, and neither did my writing.

I've talked with so many fellow moms who want to know how to make writing work in their actual lives, too--and that's how The Writing Mom Course was born.

Come and join me as I walk you through what I've learned over the last five years as a writing mom--and then dive in to following your passion of writing in this crazy, beautiful, wonderful season of life!


 

Here's a look at what you'll learn in The Writing Mom:

Session 1: Time
Uncover the time that you already have, plus discover how to make more time to write in the season of mothering!

Session 2: Season
Clarify your current season as a writer and move forward with practical steps to take in your writing life.

Session 3: Voice
Discover and develop your writing voice so that your words on the page pop with power and intentionality!

Session 4: Platform
Learn how to best understand and navigate the confusing world of developing a platform for your work as a writer.

Session 5: Juggling
Work through the illusive goal of "balance" and determine what that looks like for you as a writer and as a mom.

Session 6: Next Steps
Learn how to make realistic goals for your work as a mom, based on your season and strengths!

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Your Instructor


Ann Swindell
Ann Swindell

Ann Swindell is a dynamic Christian writer and teacher who helps others strengthen and sharpen their writing voice, ability, and craft. She has been writing professionally for a decade, and her first book, a spiritual memoir entitled Still Waiting, released with Tyndale House Publishers in April of 2017. Ann has also had over 150 articles published in places such as RELEVANT Magazine, The Gospel Coalition Blog, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Darling Magazine, Today's Christian Women, Life: Beautiful, Deeply Rooted, and (in)courage.

Ann holds an MA in Writing from DePaul University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She taught writing and creative writing courses at Wheaton College for five years as a college instructor and is passionate about helping other writers communicate clearly and powerfully as they seek to tell their own stories well.

You can get to know her more at www.annswindell.com.


Testimonials

"As a stay-at-home mom, I always felt that the large and expensive retreats or conferences were impossible for me. Ann's classes gave me the professional instruction, encouragement, and resources that I was searching for, all without having to leave my living room."

--Malinda Fuller, Writer at MalindaFuller.com and mom of 2

"Since taking one of Ann's courses I've had 13 articles picked up and was just asked to contribute regularly for a publication I love, all in 14 months time. That's not tooting my horn, that's just reiterating that her class is incredible and 100% worth the financial investment. I cannot recommend it highly enough!"
--Sarah Pape, Writer at SarahScottPape.com

"Ann is an excellent teacher and her information is spot on. I can tell you that as an agent I wish all authors came to me with the knowledge that she imparted--it would help them and me!"
--Karen Hardin, Literary Agent at Priority PR

What you get when you purchase The Writing Mom Course:

  • Six video lessons that cover the essential elements of making your writing dreams line up with your actual life as a mom.
  • Six PDF worksheet files full of questions, applications, and resources to help you take the concepts taught in each lesson and translate them into actionable steps as a writer.
  • Lifetime access to the video lessons. These videos can be watched over the course of one week or over the course of six months--it's up to you and what works with your schedule. You can watch the videos and access the worksheets on any device, so whether you're in the school pick-up line or on a lunch break, you can learn as you go!
  • Encouragement in your role as a mom who also loves to write--along with Biblical insights, prayer prompts, and hope for the journey!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in The Writing Mom Course?
You will have access to six teaching videos in which Ann will walk you through central elements of writing and motherhood in order to help you jump start your writing in this crazy, wonderful, hard season of life. Each instructional video also comes with a downloadable PDF worksheet with questions for you to work through, resources to help you grow, and even prayer prompts to encourage you on your writing and mothering journey!
Is this course only for experienced writers?
The Writing Mom Course is for writers of any level who also find themselves in a season of motherhood and are looking for better ways to navigate their dreams as writers and their responsibilities as moms. The insights and tools learned in The Writing Mom Course are impactful for writers who have been writing and blogging for years, as well as for moms who are just beginning their writing journey.
Do I have to be a Christian to be in this course?
Ann is a Christian, and she teaches from the worldview that holds Christ at the center of all things; all of the classes include references to Christian faith, Biblical scriptures, and Jesus. If that makes you uncomfortable, this probably isn't the right course for you.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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