This is a 3-month intimate, in-person book writing program to help you write the book you know you have inside of you.
Because writers write.
And it’s about damn time you actually wrote this book instead of just thinking about it.
I asked people who want to write books what they were struggling with. Here are the two big themes that emerged…
“I’m overwhelmed. I know I have a lot to say but I don’t know how to structure something this huge.”
“I keep saying I don’t have time, but really I’m just chickenshit. I could make time. I clearly have some mental blocks I need to get over, but I don’t know how.”
Here’s what they said they wanted in a book writing program…
“I need to get out of my head so I can actually get this book written.”
“I need help to bring some structure to this beast.”
“I need someone to hold me accountable to actually do the writing.”
“I literally know nothing about how to get a book published. I need help to figure that out.”
A lot of people WANT to write books. Many of them never do because they don’t actually dig in and GET TO IT.
Or if they do make time to write they find themselves overwhelmed and paralyzed and end up staring at a blank page or scrolling through Instagram for two hours. (You know you do it!)
So I made a program to light the fire and actually hold people accountable for writing the book they want to write but can’t seem to get moving on alone.
So BOOM here’s what that looks like…
This is an intimate in-person 3-month writing program (5-10 people). Book writing jams every other week, in-person in my downtown Toronto office at Yonge and Bloor.
Get-out-of-your-head-so-you-can-actually-write exercises at the beginning of each session. These will help you deal with your fear and resistance (which is essential if you actually want to get your book written).
Book structure hacks to get the jumble of ideas in your head onto paper and into book structure.
Protected writing time. One hour of each two hour writing jam will be JUST writing, with activities at the beginning and end of the jam to inspire your book and develop it.
Peer soundboarding and idea sharing at the end of each session. Because sometimes it’s easier to make sense of things when you hear yourself saying them aloud.
An option to sign up for bi-weekly writing commitments to submit a piece of writing to the group dropbox. (Totally optional. But if you’re someone who needs accountability this will be great for you.)
A one-on-one jam session with me to talk about whatever book stuff you want. You’ll sign up for these timeslots at our first session.
Tips and advice from my own SUPERBADASS BOOK EDITOR. Peek behind the book publishing curtain and get the inside scoop on what publishers are looking for, how to pitch you book to an editor or agent, and how to set yourself up for success as an author.
A deep dive into the book proposal process. I’ll give you access to both of my book proposals and walk you through the process I used to score a literary agent and get a publisher.
100% non-digital program. YES for connecting in real life! No boring facebook group, no emails, just people gathering together in the same space at the same time, getting our books written.
“You were so generous with all of your resources — things I didn’t even expect to get! And I loved the opportunity to meet your publisher. It was really cool because the process of publishing a book was one of the questions I had.”
“The structure and accountability you provided was exactly the kick in the butt I needed! Thank you so much!!!”
“I got so much more out of this than I expected! I was surprised by how much I LOVED writing with other people. I felt really comfortable immediately because it was such an intimate group. The group really helped and inspired me. We were in it together. But the biggest thing I got that I didn’t anticipate was more confidence in my writing and more confidence to put myself out there.”
Ashley De Filippis
“I needed this. There was a really beautiful balance of different elements to help with the writing. It was gentle and thoughtful and it got the pen moving on the page.”
“All of the different writing tools you provided were so helpful. They opened something up in me and I wrote so much MORE than I thought I would. In fact some of the best things I wrote I did right here in the shortest amount of time. It shifted things for me.”
When and where does the magic happen?
- Wednesday September 25
- Wednesday October 9
- Wednesday October 23
- Wednesday November 6
- Wednesday November 20 (special session with my book editor!)
- Wednesday December 4
- Wednesday December 18
At my downtown Toronto office at 33 Bloor East, 5th floor.
Can’t make one of the sessions? Don’t sweat it. You’ll receive a recording so you won’t miss a thing.
4:00 – 4:30 — Feel free to arrive early, grab a beer or cider or coffee or tea (free!), and meet some of the crew before we head upstairs to the writing den.
4:30 – 5:00 — Writing exercise of the week (structure, getting unstuck, etc…you’ll help decide the exact topics at our first session)
5:00 – 6:00 — BOOK WRITING BONANZA
6:00 – 6:20 — Peer discussion and sharing for those who want it, and more writing for those who just want to keep on truckin’.
6:20 – 6:30— Optional bi-weekly writing commitments and wrap-up! (The writing jams will end at 6:30pm, but the space is open later if you want to stay because you’re on a roll…or even if you just want to stay and have a beer with your writerly pals.)
I’m Sarah Vermunt, the gal behind Careergasm and the author of Careergasm: Find Your Way To Feel-Good Work, and Career Rookie: A Get-It Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies. I help people create feel-good work, and for some that includes a deep yearning to write a book! I also write about careers and entrepreneurship for Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc., and my work has been featured at Financial Times, Fortune, Tech Vibes, Toronto Star, Flare, ELLE Canada, Fashion, Cityline, Maclean’s, CBC, Canadian Business, Global News, The Globe and Mail, Fast Company, and lots of other cool places. I know a thing or two about what it’s like to have a deep desire to write a book, to be scared shitless about it (hello imposter syndrome!), and to find a way to do it anyway:
I wrote my first book in my first year of business. I wasn’t a well-known person in my field yet, but I knew I had something to say.
I wrote a damn fine book proposal that scored me representation with a big, badass literary agent at one of the top literary agencies in the world.
I went for the big leagues even when people said I could easily self publish. I signed a book deal with an amazing editor (you’ll meet her!) at an amazing publisher and my book became a best seller. Glad I stuck to my guns.
My books have helped create many relationships with people in the media, which has been incredible exposure for my business.
I’ve taken what I’ve learned to help other people bust through their fear and overwhelm and write books of their own.
“I really enjoyed this! All of the tools and writing experiments were so helpful. So was the one-on-one session. And your book editor was amazing. Having her come and speak to us was really valuable.”
“I’m doing WAY more writing now than before I stared this program. I felt so much more inspired when working alongside other people who were also writing. And having one-on-one time with you was GOLD!”
“I loved the balance between exercises and chit-chat and writing our asses off. That potent combination of company and accountability worked for me and helped me move a few pretty big chunks of work along. I’m excited to stay in touch with my new little writing community too. Thanks so much for such a well-designed program!”
“I came in feeling very stuck with my writing. Having the exercises helped take my brain in a different direction. They opened something up and I found that I could go back and actually write.”
“The structure this provided was exactly what I needed. And I’m so grateful for your tips and feedback. I’m glad I signed up and I’ve actually told a couple of other people about the program!”
“The one-on-one session with you was worth the cost of the program alone!!! I now understand where I’m headed with my writing. That’s huge. And having the dedicated time to sit my ass down and write was so desperately needed. Thank you for pushing me and for guiding me through the beginning of my writing journey.”
Year of Book Writing will get you out of your head so you can actually write your book. Because you’ve been thinking about it for long enough and now it’s time to actually do it.
Drop me a line and tell me about your book idea. Then sign up so you can finally get that sucker written!