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Introducing

 

The 2024 Fiction Crafters Cohort

The Fiction Crafters Cohort offers you a vibrant online community of like-minded fiction writers who will encourage and support you, timely instruction from industry professionals such as the Cohort’s literary agent in residence, live workshops and Q&A sessions with Ginny L. Yttrup and other publishing experts, quarterly group coaching events with Ginny, live writing sessions with fellow Cohort members, and so much more!
 
 

 Community makes all the difference!

I'm Ginny L. Yttrup, your guide for the journey. I'm an award-winning traditionally and independently published novelist, writing coach, and developmental editor. I created the seven-module course Your Novel: From Premise to Published, available for purchase with the Cohort.
 

The life-changing Fiction Crafters Cohort is for writers ready to progress in their writing, platform-building, and publishing endeavors with the support of industry experts and a like-minded community.

 

You've dreamt of writing novels that will touch readers' lives while you enjoy the support of a your peers. 

  • Whether this is your first manuscript or your tenth, you want to continue to hone your craft, streamline your process, and publish well, either traditionally or independently, in the Christian or general marketplace.
  • You understand the value of community—of offering and receiving encouragement, sharing knowledge, and supporting one another.
  • You desire to honor God in all you do, including the words you write and the way you develop your writing life.

 

 During the Cohort, you will 

 

  • Set Your Course for the Year

    Using Your Strategic Writing & Publishing Plan: A Guided Journal, you'll set your course for the year based on your unique personality, work style, and goals. The plan will become your road map to streamlining your systems and getting the work done.
  • Continue to Hone Your Craft

    Through instruction from award-winning novelist, writing coach, and developmental editor Ginny L. Yttrup, plus peer review of your work, you'll learn and hone craft techniques and nuances of fiction.
  • Consider Your Publishing Options 

    You'll learn the process for traditional publishing with a royalty-paying publisher, self-publishing, or hybrid publishing. You'll determine the publishing path that is best for you at this time.
  • Learn from Industry Experts

    You'll garner knowledge, insight, and encouragement as you connect with industry experts in live sessions.
  • Connect with Writers 

    Through group coaching and Q&A sessions, participation in member-led genre-specific mastermind groups, and exchanges in the private Cohort community, you'll develop relationships with writers who understand and will encourage your journey and who could become important marketing partners. You might even make friendships that last a lifetime. 

  • Care for Your Soul 

    Most important, you'll be encouraged to care for your soul, by planning for rest, nurturing your relationship with God, and allowing him to lead your writing, platform-building, and publishing work. 

     

Meet the Cohort's Resident Literary Agent, Lynette Eason

 

Lynette Eason is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 60 novels, which have sold over 3,000,000 copies. A beloved mentor and coach, she spends countless hours helping others on their writing journeys and give selflessly to the writing community.

Lynette is a literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency, where she represents authors of all types of Christian fiction including and not limited to romantic suspense, thriller, mystery, speculative fiction, historical, women’s contemporary, YA, and the Love Inspired suspense lines.

Visit her author website at lynetteeason.com

She and her husband, Jack, have two children and live in South Carolina.

 

The Cohort

When pursuing learning or taking on a large project, a community of people focused in the same direction can make all the difference in achieving a successful outcome. Writers need encouragement from knowledgeable, objective, and gracious people willing to read their work, wipe away their tears of frustration, and cheer their moments of victory. Writers need other writers!

What's Included in the Cohort? 
  • Two live sessions and one pitch session with Lynette Eason, literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency, and novelist extraordinaire
  • Two live sessions with Allen Arnold, creativity speaker, coach, author, and former fiction publisher with Thomas Nelson
  • Four live sessions with Ginny L. Yttrup, award-winning, traditionally and independently published author, developmental editor, and coach
    • Honing Your Craft for a Lifetime
    • How to Self-Publish Your Novel Well
    • Platform-Building Tactics
    • How to Pitch Your Novel to Agents and Editors (includes a practice pitch session)
  • Monthly live Q&A sessions with Ginny
  • Quarterly live group coaching sessions with Ginny
  • Semimonthly live writing sessions
  • Semiannual word count challenges
  • Member-led Genre-Specific Mastermind Groups
  • Private Fiction Crafters Cohort Community on Facebook

New for the 2024 Cohort

  • Journey through Self-Publishing with Ginny, as she republishes two of her own books
  • Member-led Fiction Craft Book Club, with monthly recommendations and discussion in monthly Zoom sessions

Recordings of live sessions will be available for those who cannot attend.

Meet the Cohort's Resident Spiritual Guide, Allen Arnold

 

ALLEN ARNOLD is a noted creativity speaker, coach, and author. His focus is helping people actively pursue their creativity with God. As a former fiction publisher, he oversaw the launch of more than 500 novels. Now he invites others to step more fully into their Story, by showing them how to pursue their dreams and talents together with God.
 
He is the acclaimed author of The Story of With, Chaos Can't, and Waves of Creativity. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas. Discover more at withallen.com.

What Participants have to say about the Fiction Crafters Cohort and the course Your Novel: From Premise to Published 

 

"Writing is typically a very solitary pursuit, but I recently discovered it takes a village to raise a happier, healthier author. Last year, I risked joining Ginny’s 31-Day Platform Challenge, which was so helpful I hooked up with her Fiction Crafters Cohort, which domino-ed into being adopted by her Romance Crafters Genre Cohort. My smartest authorial investments to date. "

Marline Williams, 2023 Participant

 

"If you seek accountability, encouragement, and resources to take your writing to the next level, do not hesitate to join Ginny L. Yttrup's Fiction Crafters Cohort."

Mella J. Davis, 2023 Participant

 

I took this course this year and it is excellent. Combined with the Cohort it was the boost I needed this year to kick start my new project. I have signed up for the Cohort once again. The community is vital!

Judy Utman, 2023 Participant

 

"Building community with other writers in the Christian fiction world is invaluable. Everyone I've met in the Cohort has encouraged me and imparted hope that I too have something to share as a writer. Their feedback is a treasured part of my growth as a writer. When you join, you'll find a great group of people who engage with you when you step out and try something new in the writing field."

Tamara Wanner, 2023 Participant

 

"Ginny L. Yttrup's Fiction Crafter's Cohort program is a must if you wish to write fiction well. It is well orchestrated to give participants valuable information, sound teaching, and comradery with writers coming from all writing backgrounds."

Karen Jennings, 2023 Participant

 

"Because I was familiar with Ginny Yttrup’s expertise as a novelist and writing coach, I had high expectations for the From Premise to Published Course + Cohort. In fact, my lofty expectations made me nervous. What if I couldn’t keep up with the lessons? What if I asked dumb questions? What if I ended up feeling overwhelmed and frazzled?

Throughout the year, my writing—and my love for writing—grew stronger. The weekly lessons helped me improve my writing skills, explore my publishing options, and define my online presence. My Cohort friends came alongside me to share the fun times and the I’m-pretty-sure-I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-doing times. Ginny Yttrup was impressively available with thoughtful, timely resources.

Did the From Premise to Published Course + Cohort meet my expectations? It exceeded them. Would I want to do it all over again? I’d love to."

Laura Joy Lloyd, 2022 and 2023 Participant

 

"The From Premise to Published Course + Cohort is one of the best things I've done in my writing career. Hands down. Ginny's bite-size lessons and concrete examples walk you through the entire writing and publishing process.

After all the writing conferences I've attended, it amazes me that you can get this all in one place. And at your own pace."

Eileen Grafton, 2022 and 2023 Participant

 

"Ginny's novels prove she has the heart of a writer. I read most of them before she offered the Fiction Crafters Cohort. When my husband gave me the opportunity to learn from her as a Christmas present, I could hardly wait to start.

Ginny puts every resource at her disposal into the Course, answers questions, and listens to each writer's concerns. If you want to follow Jesus in your writing life, no matter what stage you're at, and if you need someone to walk with, Ginny offers not only herself but a whole community."

Jane Baker, 2022 and 2023 Participant

 

"Working under the mentorship of award-winning novelist Ginny L. Yttrup and her mentor friends in 2022 and 2023 really improved my fiction game. Ginny is an inspiring coach and exceptionally gifted encourager."

Jill Wilson, 2022 and 2023 Participant

 

 

Join the Fiction Crafters Cohort!

Make 2024 the year you connect with other writers and industry experts and build the writing community you need.

 

Why a February 1 start date rather than January 1? Each year, I encourage writers to take the month of January to rest, to pray, and to plan for the year ahead. I believe rest for a writer's mind, body, and soul, are as important for their writing careers as honing craft skills, building platforms, and publishing. 

If you enroll in the Cohort before February 1, you'll receive Your Strategic Writing & Publishing Plan: A Guided Journal to use as you rest, pray, and plan.

Don't Miss the Course!

Your Novel: From Premise to Published

 

Your Novel: From Premise to Published is the only course of its kind offered to fiction writers who also follow Jesus. With access to 30+ lessons included in 7 modules, you’ll learn all the elements necessary to craft an engaging novel for the Christian or general market, proven methods for connecting with readers before publication, and the key information you’ll need to traditionally or independently publish your book.

Pair the Course with the Cohort and you'll receive guidance when you want it. Your guide, Ginny, is available throughout the yearlong Cohort, to answer questions via the Q&A sessions, offer her expertise in the group coaching sessions, and interact in the private Cohort community. 

 

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 Seeking Personalized Attention?

Save with the 4C Bundle!

Course + Cohort + Coaching + Critique

 

What’s Included in the 4C Bundle?

 

  • Lifetime access to Your Novel: From Premise to Published, 30+ lessons on the fiction craft, platform building, and publishing
  • Membership in the 2024 Fiction Crafters Cohort, connecting you to a community of like-minded writers, instruction from industry professionals, and more
  • Three one-on-one 50-minute coaching sessions with Ginny L. Yttrup during 2024, providing expert guidance specific to the novel you're writing
  • A line-by-line critique of the first chapter of your manuscript, to ensure you hook readers from the beginning and keep them reading with proven craft techniques 

 

To ensure coaching and critique clients receive focused attention, Ginny caps enrollment in this option. Enroll now if the 4C plan fits you!

I can’t wait for you to join the Fiction Crafters Cohort!

Because my own journey to publication was long and winding, a road marked with potholes, I am passionate about helping other writers avoid some of the struggles I encountered. I believe, with all my heart, that the Cohort will do just that, by offering what my coaching company, Words for Writers, is known for—instruction and inspiration for writers.

Choose Your Enrollment Option

Onetime Payment or Multiple Payments

Cohort

  

Enroll with a Onetime Payment of $359

 

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join today

  • Access to the yearlong Fiction Crafters Cohort beginning February 1, 2024
  • A head start in setting your 2024 writing plan with immediate access to Your Strategic Writing & Publishing Plan: A Guided Journal
  • Early Access (January 1, 2024) to the Fiction Crafters private community where you can begin connecting with other writers

 

 

 

Are you a Fiction Crafters Cohort Alumnus? If so, save 30% ($108) off the 2024 Cohort! Watch your inbox for your coupon code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cohort + Course

 

Enroll with a Onetime Payment of $873

 

Save over $100 off the Course when you pair it with the Cohort! Save an additional $75 when you make a onetime payment!

 

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join today:

 

  • All the 2024 Cohort benefits listed
  • Immediate access to the Welcome Module preparing you for the Course modules, releasing weekly beginning February 6, 2024

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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4C Bundle

Cohort + Course + Coaching + Critique

 

Enroll with a Onetime Payment of $1,350.00

 

Save $100 off Ginny's coaching and critique rates when you pair them with the Cohort + Course! Save an additional $75 when you make a onetime payment!

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join today:

 

  • All the 2024 Cohort benefits listed
  • Immediate access to the Your Novel From Premise to Published Welcome Module preparing you for the Course modules, releasing weekly beginning February 6, 2024
  •  A link to schedule your first 50-minute coaching session

 

 

 

To ensure coaching and critique clients receive focused attention, Ginny caps enrollment in this option. Enroll now if the 4C plan fits you!

 

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Cohort + Course

 

Enroll with Four Monthly Payments of $237

 

Save over $100 off the Course when you pair it with the Cohort!

  

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join today:

 

  • All the 2024 Cohort benefits listed
  • Immediate access to the Welcome Module preparing you for the Course modules, releasing weekly beginning February 6, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

4C Bundle

Cohort + Course + Coaching + Critique

 

Enroll with Four Monthly Payments of $356

 

Save $100 off Ginny's coaching and critique rates when you pair them with the Cohort + Course

 

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join today:

 

  • All the 2024 Cohort benefits listed
  • Immediate access to the Your Novel From Premise to Published Welcome Module preparing you for the Course modules, releasing weekly beginning February 6, 2024
  •  A link to schedule your first 50-minute coaching session

 

 

 

To ensure coaching and critique clients receive focused attention, Ginny caps enrollment in this option. Enroll now if the 4C plan fits you!

 

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

My Guarantee to You

 
The Cohort is a guided experience, which means I am making a yearlong commitment to provide the promised Cohort events. Short of an unexpected hardship beyond my control, I will show up for you.
 
I ask you to make the same commitment to participation when you enroll in the Fiction Crafters Cohort. It takes commitment to write a novel and build a writing community. The Cohort is an important piece of your commitment to write and publish well.
 
However, if unexpected circumstances prevent you from fulfilling your commitment to the Cohort, you may request a full refund up to 7 days after the program begins,.

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