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Do you want to write your story?


Do you know that you have a story to tell,
but don’t know where to start?


Do you believe your story can encourage others,
but aren’t sure how to write it?


Do you love to write,
but feel stuck when it comes to telling your own story?


Do you want to publish your memoir,
but don’t know how to break in to the industry?


What if someone came alongside of you with powerful insights and practical tools to help catapult your ability to write your story well?


What if you learned how to write in a way that not only engages, but deeply encourages your reader?

What if you could take a live, college-level, memoir course from home and re-watch the classes on your own schedule?

What if you got to learn about what editors are looking for in publishable memoirs?



“Ann is a thoughtful, engaging teacher who brings fresh insight into her courses. I've attended two online classes taught by Ann, and as a fellow writer, I've been consistently impressed by her vast knowledge in both the technical and creative aspects of writing. Recently I had an article published by a popular national blog thanks to her insight. I can't recommend Ann more highly!”
--Ashley Abramson, www.ashleyabramson.com

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--4 weeks of live webinar classes, taught by Ann Swindell.

--Live classes will take place every Tuesday night, October 25, 2016 through November 15, 2016.

--Classes will be recorded and uploaded for students to watch again and on their own

--A private Facebook group for course members to interact with Ann and one another.

--Course Outline:

          Week 1: Why Memoir Matters + Where to Dive In

          Week 2: Clarifying the Narrative Voice + Memoir and Publishing

          Week 3: Memory and Truth-Telling + Structuring Your Memoir

          Week 4: Writing about Faith + Boundaries + Revision and Resolution

--A Q&A interview session with Stephanie Rische, Senior Editor, Tyndale House Publishers

--Writing prompts, exercises, and assignments to strengthen your writing repertoire each week.

--The opportunity to reserve editorial feedback and a one-on-one coaching call with Ann.


(Don't miss out; registration closes October 6th!)


M E E T   A N N

Ann Swindell is a dynamic writer and teacher who helps others strengthen and sharpen their writing voice, ability, and craft. She has been writing professionally for a decade, and her work has been featured in RELEVANT Magazine, The Gospel Coalition Blog, Darling Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, Life: Beautiful, Deeply Rooted, (in)courage, and multiple other publications. Her first book, a spiritual memoir, will be published with Tyndale House Publishers in the spring of 2017.

Ann holds an MA in Writing from DePaul University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She taught writing and creative writing courses at Wheaton College for five years as a college instructor and is passionate about helping other writers communicate clearly and powerfully as they seek to tell their own stories well.

You can get to know her more at www.annswindell.com.

The Writing with Grace course was such an encouragement to take writing seriously, to consider it a calling, and to approach it with faith and gratitude. Ann’s gift of teaching shone through clearly as she shared both technical skills and spiritual wisdom, and in our weekly writing prompts. To be on the receiving end of such giftedness and God-centered encouragement was a great gift!

--Kristi James, www.andbabiesdontkeep.com

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This course is for the Christian writer who wants to write his or her story powerfully, beautifully, and effectively. If you’ve already started your memoir, this course will strengthen your ability to tell your story well by giving you the tools to take your memoir to the next level. And if you don’t know where to start when it comes to writing your story, this course will offer you the practical tips and insights you need to launch your memoir before the year comes to an end.


Are these live classes?

Yes! Classes will be taught live by Ann and class recordings will be available for students to watch and re-watch through the end of January 2017.

When are the classes?

The Writing with Grace classes will be taught live on Tuesday nights, starting October 25, 2016 and going through November 15, 2016. But if you can’t watch on Tuesday nights, don’t worry! Every session, interview, and optional assignment will be available for you to watch online on your own schedule.

Do you have to be a Christian to take this course?

You do not need to be a Christian to take this writing course. However, Ann is a Christian and talks openly and consistently about her faith in Jesus and how that impacts the writing life. If that will make you uncomfortable, Writing with Grace probably isn’t the right course for you.

I’ve already started my memoir. Is this course for me?

Yes! Ann has specifically set up this course for both the novice memoirist and for the seasoned writer. The tools and techniques used to write a strong memoir are a foot wide but a mile deep, and this course will give you the opportunity to go as deep as you can in your memoir-writing ability. Specific exercises and hand-crafted assignments will allow you to take your writing ability to the next level.

I want to write my story, but I’m not sure I’m a writer. Is this course for me?

If you’re willing to work, definitely! Ann has specifically set up this course for both the novice memoirist and for the seasoned writer. The tools and techniques used to write a strong memoir are a foot wide but a mile deep, and this course will give you the opportunity to go as deep as you can in your memoir-writing ability. Specific exercises and hand-crafted assignments will allow you to take your writing ability—no matter where you’re starting—to the next level.

What is the cost of this course?

The Writing with Grace Memoir course costs $279.

You can reserve the editorial feedback option and a one-on-one coaching call at an additional price. See details below!

Can you tell me about the editorial feedback option and one-on-one coaching calls that Ann is offering?

If you participate in the Writing with Grace Memoir course, you will also have the chance to reserve an editorial feedback slot and a coaching call with Ann. These are optional but can only be reserved by students taking the course, and they are very limited in number.

Editorial feedback option: If you reserve the editorial feedback option, Ann will edit and
(lovingly!) critique a section of your memoir (of up to 1000 words of text) for you. Along with content editing, Ann will include a paragraph of encouragement, challenge, and insight for how to move forward with your memoir. The editorial feedback will be done via email, and your feedback will be sent to you in a Word Document or PDF file. Your piece will need to be sent in by the final class date; Ann will return her feedback to you no later than the end of January 2017.

One-on-One Coaching Calls: If you reserve the editorial feedback and the coaching call, Ann will edit and critique your piece (see above), and she will also schedule a one-hour coaching session to talk with you about your memoir, writing goals, and next steps. You and Ann will find a mutually convenient time to talk; all coaching calls will be completed by the end of January 2017.

I know someone who would love this course! Can I give Writing with Grace as a gift?

Yes! Do you have a writer in your life who would love the Writing with Grace course? What a wonderful gift to give! Simply sign up for the gift option at checkout and follow the instructions. You can also print the gift certificate located here

I still have a question!

Email WritingWithGraceCourse@gmail.com for any further questions.

How long is registration open for?

Registration for the Writing with Grace course is only open for two weeks, from September 20 through October 6, 2016.  If you want to secure a spot in the class, make sure to sign up now!

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(Registration closes October 6th; don't put this off...)

Joining Writing with Grace was a supremely fulfilling decision for me, as a writer. I’m walking away from this class equipped to be a stronger writer and a bolder truth teller.  

--Michelle Pineau


I enrolled in Writing with Grace because I wanted to hone my skills and learn about the inside of the trade. However, what I gained was so much more than writing craft tips! Ann ushered us into the presence of Jesus every week, reminding us weekly of who and Whose we are. I finished the class feeling not only better equipped as a writer, but refreshed and encouraged in my soul, and commissioned in my task as a writer for the glory of God.

--Jennifer Diebel


Similar courses offered at colleges and universities would cost thousands of dollars, but the Writing with Grace Memoir course gives you the gift of getting to learn high-level writing skills, insights and tools at home for a fraction of that cost. You also have access to Ann and a professional editor who will share about the publishing world from the inside out!

  • Writing with Grace Memoir Course: $279
  • Writing with Grace Memoir Course + Editorial Feedback: $379
  • Writing with Grace Memoir Course + Editorial Feedback + One-on-One Coaching Call: $529

Once you sign up, you will receive an email confirming your purchase of the course (please make sure your email is typed in correctly) within 24 hours. This email secures your spot in class, and you will receive another email before class begins on October 25th will all of your login information! If you have any problems or do not receive an email after securing your spot, contact WritingWithGraceCourse@gmail.com.