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I used to wait for divine inspiration. Now writing is like brushing my teeth. It's a habit.

Marcella Hill

Get addicted to writing.

$36/mo after trial
or save with an annual membership.
Cancel any time. Easily. No hoops.

Doors close Tuesday, April 20

members describe their experience:

Writing dates, independent film school
Our facilitators are some of the warmest, most fun, welcoming and supportive writers that you'll ever have the fortune to meet.

We meet on zoom daily,
mornings and evenings.

Attend whenever you want

as often as you’d like,
from anywhere.

Cameron Kelly

I am a parent of five children; haven’t been able to write outside of writing dates. I’m always amazed at the progress I make when working with other people.


Life, inertia, and everyday distractions have this way of sapping my resolve, commitment, and energy to keep putting in the hours needed to see a project through.

I have the writing sessions in my calendar and because of that, I somehow take my writing time more seriously. I know I just need to show up, and even if I’m feeling lost/stuck/purposeless, I usually end up feeling encouraged by other writers when we do the listening pairs. Because I show up, little steps of progress are made. Every time.

Marcella Hill

Writing alone feels like a slug fest. Writing dates with the group are different. I feel supported, somebody has my back. I’m good for the long haul and go deep. My writing has a whole different quality.

I have closer relationships with people I met on writing dates than with colleagues I saw daily for years.

Dan MatthewS

Writing dates give me peace of mind because I know I will get something done. I’ve made friendships during writing sessions. It’s inspiring to see people working alongside you, slowly building an actual body of work.

we will force you to pursue your dreams.

$36/mo after trial
or save with an annual membership.
Cancel any time. Easily. No hoops.

Doors close Tuesday, April 20

You’re welcomed to join us for the free trial, even if you know in advance that you won’t continue. I’ll be thrilled to gift you with a week-long adventure that will have lasting impact in your writing life for years to come.

If you continue to write with us, it works out to $1.20 a day.

That’s 40 cents for each hour-long writing session, and that’s if you attend only 10% of the writing dates offered each week.

Ela Thier screenwriting


Membership includes a mini-course on eliminating writing blocks and the use of our tools and format. When you arrive to meet with us, you’ll know just what to do and feel at home.

What makes our writing dates unique:

According to research published by The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), if you have an appointment with another person, you’re 95% more likely to achieve your goal, than if you tackle the work on your own.

writers don't let writers go it alone.

$36/mo after trial
or save with an annual membership.
Cancel any time. Easily.

Dragonfly, testimonial

Writing dates have been helping not just with productivity but with a boost in self esteem for showing up. I’m inspired by the gentle accountability of this community. The money I spend on the subscription is less than I’ve spent on writing at coffee shops where I’d stare at strangers and pretend to be writing.

Mark Lund, testimonial
Mark Lund
I dove in head first, attended two writing dates every day, and absolutely loved it. I learned, I met people, I gained resources! 
Deb Farrar-Parkman

Writing dates have provided structure to my creative life. In the past, I would start to write rigorously and that would last a minute and a half. The regular sessions have made all the difference. I’ve found a work partner and every Saturday we do a 2-hour session and often find ourselves on a roll and going longer.

Cynthia Preston, testimonial
Cynthia Preston

I’m an actor who has been branching out into writing, producing and directing. I’m very careful about who I spend my time with.

I’ve been attending your Writing Dates every weekday morning …and I love them. They get me in front of the computer and down to work every day. It’s amazing what comes out. I love the community, I’m getting to know people, and it feels really good. We are supporting each other’s creativity and learning from each other. I can’t thank you enough.


Once you join, you’ll have access to the members’ area as long as you remain subscribed.

There you’ll be provided with a short course (~30min) to walk you through our (super simple!) tools and format. You’ll know exactly what to do when you join our writing sessions, and we’ll be there to help you if you still need help.

All you need a good wifi signal, a device with a camera and a mic, and a quiet space to work in.

If you live with other people, especially ones who need things from you (looking at all you amazing parents out there…) this is an opportunity to practice insisting on carving out time and space for your writing.

Ask your peeps to give you a private corner for just one hour, just once a week. For their own good – they should give you (at least!) that much.

Our writing dates will get you unstuck.

Join us just three times, and we’ll help you build a lasting writing practice even if you’ve never written before. Regardless of your level of experience, we got your back.

I’m not particularly blocked these days either, but I use writing dates daily. I write more and I write better when I connect with other human minds who work alongside me.

No matter how athletic you are, you don’t climb a mountain alone. You climb with a group.

Importantly, your kickassness grows every time you motivate other writers to find their mojo too. Our writing dates are an exceptional opportunity to practice supporting other writers.

If you teach writing and supporting writers is part of your daily diet, you’ll discover a format and tools that you’ll be able to use with your students, while you take the time that you need to focus on your own work.

Our writing dates are a great place to connect with other writers. As you forge relationships and connect with other writers, you are encouraged to offer each other input in your own time, outside of our writing dates. I encourage these types of initiatives and many of our members went on to form writing groups for input.

The writing dates themselves are not a class and we don’t read or discuss each other work in this context. We offer the structure and format to get writing done and to meet writers.

I do offer a masterclass in screenwriting which you are welcome to check out for concrete and effective story development tools.

Our current schedule of facilitated writing dates:

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm
Monday-Wednesday, 7pm-10pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm

These are listed in Eastern US time zone.

As we grow, we plan to include afternoon hours, early-bird hours, and additional weekend hours.

You’re bound to meet some pretty awesome people at these writing sessions, and you are absolutely welcome to exchange contact info and set up writing sessions among you on your own time.

The short answer is no. The long answer is hell no.

$36/mo for a monthly subscription. Less if you choose the annual membership. That’s IT.

Monthly and annual subscriptions both auto renew.

You can easily cancel your subscription any time with the click of a button inside the members’ area.

If you ever find yourself charged unexpectedly, let us know within a week of being charged and we’ll cancel and refund your subscription.

In short: You’ll never make a payment that you didn’t intend to make.

I know, right?! Can’t stand that stuff.

There’s a manage membership tab on the site where you can easily cancel any time at the click of a button.

If you don’t find the cancel button in 5 seconds or less (happens…) email us and we’ll hit that button for you. We’ll also refund the last charge if we’re enjoying our weekend and did not get back to you before a charge went through.

The only hoops you should deal with are the ones you create for your characters.

Enter at your own risk.
Writers who join us end up writing.

$36/mo after trial
or save with an annual membership.
Cancel any time. Easily. No hoops.

Doors close Tuesday, April 20

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