Starter Kit

Learn what it takes to be a published writer.
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Prepare Your Trip

As a parent, I now know that vacations are a whole lot of work. As a child, I had no idea. They were fun. End of story. They were, like books, simply enjoyable and easy. But also like books, they actually required a lot of behind-the-scenes work that was the result of a confluence of many factors.

The Factors

I've worked with many writers who have aspired to publication, and I've seen things break down at various stages. In this Starter Kit, I delve into the factors required for writers to be successful.


I go over the nine truths I deem to be most important for the writer's mindset or mentality.


I differentiate process from craft and provide some perspective for heeding process advice.


I provide my paradigm for the four elements of craft that writers need to practice.


I explain the eight areas of publishing that writers should be familiar with.


I describe the four important roles of community for writers.

Growth & Improvement

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Meet Your Teacher

TD Storm

My name is TD Storm. I taught in a public high school for 15 years before getting my MFA in Writing from Pacific University and moving on to work with creative writers exclusively. I've won awards for both my teaching and my writing. My work has appeared a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Short Story America, and Literary Hub. I currently teach and edit both here in my online school and through the University of Wisconsin. 
Patrick Jones - Course author

Frequently asked questions

What am I signing up for here? 

The Starter Kit is entirely free. When you enroll in it, you'll get access to the seven short videos (for a total of 31 minutes) and a few handouts, including a self-assessment, which will serve as a launching point for your self-improvement as a writer. You'll also be "enrolled" in the school, which means very little, other than the fact that you'll get an email asking you to confirm your email subscription.

Is my information private?

Yes, of course. Your email will not be used for anything other than correspondence with the school about courses, craft articles, and live teaching appearances. 

What if I have questions? 

I'm very responsive over email. So just send me a note, and I'll reply:

Starter Kit

Learn what it takes to be a published writer.
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