The writing life is both energizing and exhausting. As a writer, you desire to find and serve others, lavishing attention and love with your words. When you don't have a community cheering you on, your soul suffers and doubt sets in. You're looking to be encouraged and equipped. You don't want to be overwhelmed but instead prepared for the next step with reliable mentors in your life who provide practical advice and help you remained focused on your calling to write.
It’s not that you don’t know what to do...
You’ve started writing and set some goals.
You attend workshops and read books.
You’ve been to a conference or two.
You wake up at 5 am or stay up ‘till midnight to write.
But it’s just not coming together.
You gain clarity but then you lose it again.
"FlourishWriters is not just a name, it's a powerful network of writers equipping and encouraging each other toward the calling of writing. From the leadership to the participants, I've seen the authenticity and professionalism in keynotes, workshops, and the empowering that occurs in these. I'm very honored to be a part of a team that weaves integrity and excellence into all they do. It is a great space to invest your time whether you are a new author or a published author - you will be glad you did!"
We’re just like many of you.
We’re friends who met years ago at a Bible study.
We’re moms of four boys and a sweet girl.
We’re wives to two wonderful husbands.
We’re totally human and fail often.
We’re in need of grace daily, and we mean daily.
We’re obsessed with encouraging women. We’re like writing midwives, birthing your words from your heart onto the page.
We started Flourish with a passion to share our God stories, real-life tales of Jesus’ faithfulness in our every day.
We created FlourishWriters on one simple premise: to empower and equip aspiring and working writers with practical how-to guidance and nurture for the writer's heart, helping you flourish one story at a time.
"FlourishWriters is a wonderful resource that I've recommended to a number of writing friends. I appreciate the way that Mindy and Jenny understand the challenges that many writers face - practically, emotionally, and spiritually - and the way they are committed to providing resources that will help community members overcome those challenges. They serve this community well, with grace and joy. Any writer who is looking for a supportive community and guidance in the writing life would find a welcome home at FlourishWriters."
What exactly is The FlourishWriters Academy?
The Academy provides an immersive experience with a small community of like-minded writers who are committed to making big strides in their writing journey this year.
It’s designed to give you the support and accountability you need to achieve your writing goals over the next twelve months.
FlourishWriters will help you find the way.
We’ve created the path to flourishing in your writing journey.
YOU DESIRE TO SHARE YOUR WRITING
YOU WANT TO
You’re not alone -- There is a path -- Let’s show you the way!
The Academy is not a course... it's a personalized experience.
With the FlourishWriters Academy, you’ll make steady progress toward your writing goals.
It’s more than just another course:
• You’ll put into practice what you learn while growing your writing tool kit.
• You’ll have community and mentorship to keep you moving forward.
• You’ll be surrounded by peers and coaches who are dedicated to your success!
The FlourishWriters planning guide is key to finding clarity in your writing life. This digital book makes your planning easy with all your goals and action steps organized in one place. The guide walks you step-by-step to help clarify your vision for the year and set goals each quarter. With clarity on your vision and goals, you set monthly action steps and weekly to-dos. The cycle is complete each month as you review and celebrate progress.
Even if this is not your jam, we make it fun! It’s all laid out in this attractive custom designed planner with inspirational art prints for the writer’s heart included each month.
Every month we gather live with mentors who cover all aspects of the writing life from craft to business and everything in between. Writer’s Workshops and Q&A are focused on providing the practical, how-to information you need to unlock the mysteries of the writing life for both fiction and nonfiction projects. You learn and practice all aspects of a writer’s skill set to identify and fill any gaps in your knowledge base. We cover the phases of writing from idea and planning to organizing, writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. You will be established as a lifelong learner with a sustainable journey ahead.
The Writers Workshops are supported by notes that summarize key information and primary take-aways, so you don’t miss a thing! The workshop notes lay out action steps for you to master the skills presented. We also point you to additional resources from trusted industry leaders if you need further research, going deeper into the monthly topics.
Group Coaching Calls keep you motivated and moving forward. Meet with Mindy and Jenny live for an open office hour on Zoom. This is a time to connect with your FlourishWriters mentors and your Academy colleagues. We answer all your questions, and you learn what’s going on in each other’s writing life. Coaching Calls provide a time of connection and collaboration to problem solve, pray together, and encourage one another through every season. Community is a key feature of Academy life.
We are hands-on in the Academy, answering questions, sharing insights, and pointing to useful resources. The Academy team shares from their areas of expertise and provide up-to-date reports from the front lines of the writing life! You’ll never again be a lonely writer. We are your village.
Academy students gather in a private space where the daily magic of community takes shape. Have a question? Want some feedback? Wonder if you’re the only one who has faced x, y, z? The solitary writing life just got a whole lot more connected.
One of the benefits of community is learning about the tools and resources others have used successfully. Having a personal recommendation saves you time and money. Inside the private community space, we provide a list of vetted tools and resources for all genres and all stages of the writing process, including organizing, writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.
Networking within the Academy brings together all three of our core values: clarity, community, and craft. The Academy attracts quality students who step out in obedience to pour their passion into words on a page. These are not your run-of-the-mill writers. These are FlourishWriters, and you can feel it. The Academy Directory will help you connect with one another. Each student who wishes to be featured in the directory will share their writing goals, where we can find you online, and the skills or services you offer (if applicable). We’re creating space for synergies.
Writers are readers. We support your commitment to lifelong learning with book clubs open to all students inside the Academy. Each year we choose several favorite books by our favorite authors to help us grow as communicators. Authors are invited to join us inside the book club for live Q&A. This year we’re honored to meet Allen Arnold, Shannon Popkin, Kate Motaung, and Marion Roach Smith.
You’re looking for meaningful ways to connect with other writers. You desire community and support in all aspects of the writing life. Prayer support is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. FlourishWriters stands out as a community dedicated to prayer. Staying close to the heart of God enables us to hold fast to hope. As an Academy student, you are invited to share prayer requests in the private community space. You’re also welcome to join us for monthly live online meet-ups to pray together. “Never stop praying.” I Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) We’re here for you, committed to walking with you through every season this year.
"All writers need a community to come alongside them and help them grow. While most organizations focus almost entirely on craft or productivity, Mindy and Jenny have created a unique gathering where your artistry will blossom, your soul will thrive, and your writing will flourish...one story at a time. FlourishWriters provides the tools, the clarity, and the community to take your book idea from dream to reality."
Video Access QnA to Jenny and Mindy
Monthly Masterminds with a Mentor
Monthly Hot Seat Mastermind
Monthly Group Editing Critique
Mid-Year Virtual Planning Retreat
The Academy Coaching Experience is for the writer who wants more coaching time with mentors, including best selling authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, podcasters, and marketing experts. If you’ve experienced the frustration of sitting with unanswered questions, consider adding-on to your Academy experience. Not only do you have in-depth contact with mentors through our monthly Mastermind with a Mentor, but you also have personal video contact directly with Jenny and Mindy. Inside the Coaching Experience, you have access to everything in the Academy plus more of what you need to create the thriving writing life you desire.
. . . because writers change the world
✔ Twelve-Month Academy Access
✔ Private Community Space
✔ Writers Workshops with a Mentor
✔ Group Coaching Calls
✔ The Writer’s Life Planning Guide
✔ Student Directory + Tools & Resources
✔ Student Mentor Led Books Clubs
✔ Twelve-Month Academy Access
✔ Private Community Space
✔ Writers Workshops with a Mentor
✔ Group Coaching Calls
✔ The Writer’s Life Planning Guide
✔ Student Directory + Tools & Resources
✔ Student Mentor Led Book Clubs
✔ Access to Mindy & Jenny via VideoASK
✔ Masterminds with Academy Mentors
✔ Mid-Year Virtual Planning Retreat
✔ Monthly Group Editing Critique
✔ Monthly Hot Seat Mastermind
"Mindy Kiker and Jenny Kochert with FlourishWriters are gifted communicators. Their teachings are spot-on and beneficial for writers and speakers of all experience levels. Along with their quality teaching, and perhaps even more important, their desire to serve God and His followers undergirds all they do. In a world inundated with blogs and workshops, I’m careful who I endorse. Without reservation, I recommend FlourishWriters for help in your ministry journey."
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you have any doubts about the value of the FlourishWriters Academy, if you’re prone to buyer’s remorse, if you purchase the Academy and then a financial crisis throws your budget into a death spiral, you have 7 days after purchase to ask for a refund, and we’ll give your money back without hesitation. We’ll be sad, but we understand. Life happens.
But if you stick around and make FlourishWriters your home, we’ll be here for you, through all that life brings this year. We are a family. We commit to you through the ups and downs of your writing journey. So after the initial 7 days, we will no longer offer a refund. Instead, we’ll get to work making your writing dreams come true.
If you’re ready for a change, we’re ready to come alongside you. The FlourishWriters Academy is like nothing you’ve experienced. We’d love to see you truly flourish.
We were there too, not so long ago. Just like you, we had a vision, but we weren’t sure how to pursue it. We were confident in the calling, and we knew it would take trust and obedience, but we also had to figure out how to move forward. Goodness, first we had to figure out what questions to ask. We. Knew. Precious. Little. But we knew the One who would guide us.
We also had each other. Companionship gets you through hard times, confusion, self-doubt, and despair. When one of us wanted to give up, the other rushed in with support.
You don’t need to languish alone. Get into community. Find your village, faithful people you can trust, reliable information you can count on.
Think of the power in partnership: Ruth and Naomi, Mary and Joseph, Paul and Timothy . . . Batman & Robin, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Christopher Robin & Pooh.
The FlourishWriters Academy is our gift of friendship to you. We daily encounter writers who are lonely, confused, or despondent. It breaks our hearts because this does not need to be a writer’s story.
We want to share what we have with you. We invite you to join the FlourishWriters family. You belong. You are worthy. Your message matters. Your dreams are valid.
HOW LONG DOES THE FLOURISHWRITERS ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP LAST?
The FlourishWriters Academy is a 12-month experience. Why so long? Real change takes time. When you want to learn a specific skill, a six-week course may work just fine, but we are focused on transformation and long-term change to create a sustainable writing life. That kind of change needs time and space.
WHEN DOES THE FLOURISHWRITERS ACADEMY START?
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO COMMIT EACH WEEK?
This will be determined by how much time you commit to your writing goals. Engaging with the Academy requires about 1-2 hours each week.
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND LIVE? WILL I GET A REPLAY?
Yes, you have a learning portal with your personal login. Everything is stored in one place, organized nicely, with easy access from any device. You won’t miss a thing, and you can go back and review the content again and again.
WILL I WORK ONE-ON-ONE WITH MINDY AND JENNY?
Everyone in the Academy has access to LIVE QnA with Jenny and Mindy in the workshops and Group Coaching Calls. The Coaching Experience provides unlimited access for QnA to Jenny & Mindy via VideoASK.
WHAT IF I DON’T USE FACEBOOK?
The Writer’s Workshops with a Mentor are on Crowdcast. Group Coaching Calls are on Zoom. Private community space is on a non social platform called Circle.
WHAT KIND OF WRITERS SHOULD JOIN THE ACADEMY?
Our expertise is nonfiction. Much of what we work on in the Academy applies to both fiction and nonfiction; however, our examples are largely nonfiction since that’s what we write. We have experienced community members writing fiction, and we bring on board other fiction writers who weigh in on specific questions that we need answered.
IF I’M A BEGINNER, WILL I FEEL OUT OF PLACE?
The material we present assumes that you’ve accepted the call to write and you want to grow in your writing skills. If you’re still not sure, you can join the Academy to find out, or you can continue to enjoy our free resources as you decide if writing will feature prominently in your life.
IF I'M MORE EXPERIENCED, WILL I FEEL OUT OF PLACE?
Since writers come from every walk of life with a wide variety of skills gathered from a thousand different places over the years, we each naturally have our own set of strengths and weaknesses. The result? Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know—we need help to identify the gaps in our knowledge base. We teach the information we’ve tested with a focus on practical, doable, step-by-step processes. We serve a wide scope of skill-level with high-value offerings and an engaged, enthusiastic community ready to help out wherever you have need.
WILL YOU OFFER THE ACADEMY AGAIN IN 2022?
We hope so, but we don't promise it will work exactly the same or be the same price. We always test, innovate, and improve our offerings, so we'll probably offer something similar if it is a raging success. We have every reason to believe it will be.
IS THIS LIKE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS GIVING ME ACCESS TO ALL YOUR PRODUCTS?
No, The FlourishWriters Academy give you access to the items listed. If you want any of the other products we offer throughout the year, you can purchase those resources a-la-carte. And of course, we'll offer plenty of free content too.
IF I DON'T JOIN THE ACADEMY, WILL I LOSE OUT ON ALL THE COMMUNITY AND FREE CONTENT I'VE ENJOYED AT FLOURISHWRITERS TO DATE?
No, you're welcome to hang out with us. We'll still be here supporting writers with our signature let's-make-it-easy-step-by-step approach, but we will invest most intentionally with those in the Academy. When a writer chooses to invest in themselves and commit to us, we reciprocate with our lavish attention.
IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN?
YES! We offer a 12 month payment plan. The FlourishWriters Academy is not a membership, and cancellations after 7 days of joining will be denied. When you register, you commit to the 12 payments of $27 or 12 payments of $42 for the coaching experience.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
We commit to you for all 12 months. When you sign up, we expect you are committing to us for all 12 months as well. We’re in this together! We do not offer refunds after 14 days from the date of purchase.
IS FLOURISHWRITERS FAITH-BASED?
Yes, we are a Christian ministry, but you do not need to be working on spiritual writing to feel right at home in the Academy. We support writers in many different genres.
IS FLOURISHWRITERS FOR WOMEN ONLY?
We focus primarily on women, but we have some men who join us for the excellent resources and awesome value. All are welcome.
I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION.
If we haven’t answered all of your questions here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll get back to you asap.
Do you struggle to plan your writing time and maintain focus when distractions crowd in? God designed you with a unique purpose and calling on your life, but it’s hard to keep your eyes on the goal, especially when your goals keep changing.
The antidote to lack of clarity and feelings of overwhelm is having a clear vision for your writing. At FlourishWriters, we want to help you identify a God-inspired vision to create a fruitful writing life. In this one-day retreat on Friday December 17th, we share from our personal stories of failure, perseverance, and success.
Our desire is to guide you step-by-step as you uncover your vision for 2022 and learn:
• What God’s Word says about being vision seekers;
• How vision clarifies your goals and your why;
• How to recognize and resist dream thieves;
• Key questions to evaluate frustrations and opportunities; and
• Practical tips for guarding and walking out your vision.
Whether you’re just beginning your writing journey, or you’ve walked many miles, retreats with other writers to learn, grow, and refresh are part of the rhythm of the writing year. Taking time away to share ideas and practice new skills provides space for creativity to emerge. But what if you don’t have excess time, money, or the ability to travel? Virtual retreats bring the refreshing right to you. All Academy members receive the wildly popular 2019 How to Write a Book Step-by-Step Writer’s Bundle and the much-anticipated 2020 Storyteller’s Conference Bundle.
If you’ve been dreaming of writing a book but need some guidance, or if you’ve started and stalled out in your writing, this retreat bundle is for you. Six writing coaches walk you through the process of writing a book, from idea through to publishing and everything in between. Whether you’re a beginner or a writer looking to improve your skills.
You’ll learn how to:
• Brainstorm Your Book Idea
• Plan the Structure of Your Book
• Organize Your Chapter Content
• Strengthen Your Writing Skills
• Self-Edit Like a Pro
• Choose Your Publishing Direction
We believe in the power of story as a profound path to connect your message with the heart and mind of your reader. Your story deserves to be told, but stories can be difficult to handle. How much is too much? What works and what doesn’t? That’s why we created The Storyteller’s Conference, a gathering place for writers who want to improve their storytelling skills.
You'll learn how to:
• Unlock the power of story in fiction writing
• Write different types of memoir
• Share hard stories with truth and grace
• Fictionalize real-life events
• Use stories as compelling illustrations
• Tell Biblical stories creatively
You’re doing all the things but still feeling stuck.
You make decisions and focus for a time only to second guess yourself and become sidetracked.
You use all your writing time on other tasks and find yourself doubting the value of your message.
Your passions are vibrant in your head and heart, but when you get them onto paper, they lose their vitality.
You remember the early days when your enthusiasm carried you along on a wave of hope but sending your words out into the vacuum of the internet without so much as a peep from readers has muted your joy.
Virtual becomes REAL.
Just you, us, and your FlourishWriters sisters, together for a day of sharing, dreaming, learning, and laughing.
Small group circles for brainstorming and masterminding
Valuable instruction during in our Writer's Workshops throughout the day
Fellowship with other FlourishWriters
The FlourishWriters Conference is a gathering place for writers looking to improve their craft. Whether you’re just beginning your writing journey, or you’ve walked many miles, come meet our speakers who share personal insights into the challenges and victories faced by every writer.
Our conference speakers offer workable solutions to the most common obstacles writers need to overcome. You will depart equipped and motivated to take the next step in your writing journey.
This Conference is like a writing academy with over 35 hours of quality, up-to-date instruction and training, complete with actionable how-to guidance for all stages of the writing journey.
The interviews and presentations by authors, agents, designers, editors, and marketers cover all aspects of a writer’s life, from finding time and soul care to editing tips and publishing trends.
Receive lifetime access to all 34 video presentations plus podcast episodes of each interview. Watch the conference at your convenience and on-the-go. Dig into exclusive behind-the-scenes content & bonus interviews available only in the All-Access Bundle. Meet select conference speakers for an extra dose of
equipping and encouragement.
The Writer’s Guide to Editing is a collection of resources designed to help you produce writing to communicate your message and hold the attention of your readers. Editing can be intimidating, but with the training and coaching provided in this collection, you’ll grow in the craft of self-editing, a critical skill set needed in your writer’s toolbox.
The Writer’s Guide to Editing includes two FlourishWriter Masterclasses, Workshops with Industry Experts, and Digital Resources to help you transform rough drafts into polished prose you can share with confidence. We’re pleased to provide this exclusive bonus when you register for the Academy because we’re committed to seeing you overcome self-editing limitations, grow in the craft of writing, and excel as an outstanding communicator.