The Nine Month Novel

Maile and I are thrilled to announce a new writing program we’re starting up this year: The Nine Month Novel! We can’t wait to come alongside you—whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer—and provide you with the encouragement, instruction, and direction you need to write a novel in nine months.

Through the course of the nine-month program you will:

  • Complete the first draft of an 80,000-word novel, either a brand-new story or completing one you’ve worked on before
  • Receive 30+ weekly videos that provide encouragement, direction, insight into various elements of writing a novel, and interviews with other authors
  • Participate in one to two monthly live Zoom calls where we’ll cheer you on, answer questions, and chat with industry experts, including authors, agents, and editors
  • Receive recommended reading selections that corresponds with where we’re at in the novel-writing process
  • Participate in workshop opportunities to give and receive feedback with your peers
  • Chat with other writers as well as Shawn and Maile on an online message board
  • Complete the program and move forward in your writing life with goals in mind and tangible steps forward

Who the heck are Maile and Shawn? I’m glad you asked.

Shawn is an award-winning novelist by night (with five titles under his belt) and a collaborator and co-writer by day (having worked on 25 or so books with other authors). He has an honors degree in English, has been making a living as a writer for eleven years, is represented by agent Rachelle Gardner, and has published books with publishers as well as independently.

Maile has an honors degree in English, has written three novels, and is currently in the querying process, so…she knows your pain. She has raised six children in the last 17 years and is beginning to have more time to dedicate to her first love…no, not Shawn. Writing. She has taught writing in different settings, including as a table leader for the Black Barn Online.

The two of them love coaching and encouraging other writers, something they do regularly at their podcast, The Stories Between Us. They can’t wait for you to join them on this novel-writing journey.

When will this program run?

Registration is open until February 24th. The first video will go out on February 28th, along with the syllabus and recommended reading list, and the class will run through the beginning of November.

How long will I have access / what if I fall behind?

You will have lifetime access to the core content videos, so if finishing in nine months is not possible because life gets in the way, you can work through the weekly videos at your own pace. Some components (like the live Zoom calls) are time-sensitive, but the core content videos can be worked through at any time.

I know what you’re all wondering…how much does this program cost?

  • A one-time payment up-front of $899*
    OR
  • A $100 deposit plus 9 monthly payments of $99 ($991 total), paid over the duration of the course*

We’d love for you to come along with us on this nine-month novel-writing journey. Here’s a message from us:

*There is a 30-day, no questions asked, 100% money-back guarantee. No refunds will be given after 30 days…but why would you want one? You’re on your way to writing a novel!

** Header image by James Pond via Unsplash