A college-alternative focused on advanced writing craft and entrepreneurship.
These fees are often listed by term, semester or year, so be prepared to multiply any figure you see by at least three or four, depending on the degree.
That's about $180,000 on average, rounded down.
Don't forget all the little school fees they add. And if you have to move away or stay on campus, maybe double the total fee for student housing and food. Plus equipment, excursions and books.
It's no wonder some students end up in debt for life.
It's not a viable solution for many people. And yet, becoming an author may be the only thing you are truly passionate about…
By the end of Year One, students will be able to:
By the end of Year Two, students will be able to:
By the end of Year Three, students will be able to:
"Brett and Kara have given me lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently."
Before I joined The Author Conservatory I was actively pursuing my writing dreams but I didn’t have a lot of clarity about how to do that effectively. It would be similar to taking a road trip without a GPS or map. I knew what I was shooting for but I didn’t know how to get there. During my time in this program, Brett and Kara have given me a lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently.
"Brett Harris and Kara Swanson's Author Conservatory is ahead of the curve in comparison to every other writing course for authors-to-be that I’ve ever participated in or researched."
Before I joined the conservatory, I was doing everything at once, and I wasn't at all sure how to create effective goals and make them happen with all the conflicting and over-abundant advice I was receiving from many channels. I just didn't know where I was going! Brett and Kara swept in and gave me the help I needed to make a clear path. If you’re serious about writing as a career, you should definitely enroll in The Author Conservatory!"
"Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on."
Before I joined The Author Conservatory, I didn’t have a clear plan. I wasn’t confident about my direction and questioned where my focus should be. Brett and Kara changed that. Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on. I’ve received personal feedback and guidance and have reached major milestones in my writing. This program is a worthwhile investment for those seriously pursuing writing as a career.
"I've launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella."
Before I joined the conservatory, I was standing at a metaphorical fork in the road, not certain which route to take with my publishing goals and feeling frustrated because of that. Now, I feel motivated once again, I have a clear path with each of my goals, and I am seeing significant rewards in my writing journey. Based on the assistance and ideas I've received in this program, I have launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel and restructured it accordingly, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella. Brett and Kara's guidance has been instrumental to me, and the support of the other students is so encouraging.
"I now have a marketing schedule I know how to follow, guidance for the next steps, and ongoing support as I continue my writing journey."
I didn't have a clue how to market a book before I joined The Author Conservatory. I knew how to write a book and the basics of platform building, but when it came to the world of publishing and marketing, I didn't know where to begin. After joining this program, Brett and Kara came alongside me and helped me untangle the mysteries of publishing, giving me the confidence to move forward. They are experts at equipping and encouraging young writers at every stage of their journey and go above and beyond to serve, teach, and pray for each of their students. I'm beyond blessed to know them -- not simply as instructors, but also as cheerleaders and friends.
"I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel."
Before I joined the conservatory, I had no idea what my writing process was. I didn't know what the next step for me should be after coming up with a story idea, or even how I came up with story ideas. But now, I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel. I also didn't know what an email list was or why I would ever need one. Now, I have sent out three emails to my email list and have almost 100 subscribers. The Author Conservatory has grown and stretched me in so many amazing ways, I can hardly wait to see what the next few months bring.
"I’m a different writer because of the feedback I received in The Author Conservatory."
Brett carefully read my work and took time and thought to expose weaknesses I’d never seen. He asked thought-provoking questions and piloted me on a better path — one not ultimately focused on being published, but on writing clearly and accurately as a Christian. His critique led me to make changes in my blogging, my platforming, and my life. I’m a different writer because of the feedback I received in The Author Conservatory. I would urge any friend who’s serious about his writing, ready to be stretched, and searching for like-minded young people, to join me in this program.
"My very first call with Brett and Kara got me more excited about writing than I’d been in months."
Before I joined the conservatory, I wanted to move forward with writing but felt overwhelmed. Every author, website, or article I read had advice for writing better or getting published faster, but I had so many questions specific to my situation that no one could answer. At first, I was worried that this program would just add to my discouraging to-do list. But my very first call with Brett and Kara got me more excited about writing than I’d been in months. They haven’t given me a new to-do list, but a new perspective. They haven’t given me nit-picky editing advice, but foundational principles to help me build a strong story from the ground up. They haven’t promised shortcuts to publication, they’ve worked with me towards a whole, healthy writing life. Brett and Kara’s interaction with and care about me as a person have blown me away, and my fellow students are already my good friends.
"In the two months I have spent under Brett and Kara’s coaching, I feel my path towards a sustainable fiction career has been fast-tracked tenfold."
Brett and Kara are some of the wisest and most encouraging people I’ve met in the creative writing industry. They have an extraordinary, refreshing perspective on what it means to be an author in today’s age, and help set us up with the foundations of why we write and how to work towards a career that will enable us to stick to our individual goals without becoming burnt out and exhausted. They have been such a huge encouragement in my life, and I find myself every week growing more mature and confident as a storyteller and as a person under their coaching.
Do I have to join just because I filled out an application?
Absolutely not. Filling out an application is only the first step in the admissions process and there is no commitment.
If you pass the application stage, you will have the opportunity to speak with our admissions team and ask any questions. There is also no commitment for doing an interview.
If you pass the interview stage and are invited to join the program, you will be encouraged to take the time you need to consider the opportunity, pray over your decision, and get back to us. We will never rush or pressure you to make a commitment before you are ready.
Is there an age/experience limit?
Our current students range in age from 14 to 30. While there is no technical age or experience cut-off, we recommend that your young writer have at least one year of experience writing and is serious about pursuing authorship as a career.
We also have other programs, which are more suitable for beginner writers. We will be happy to discuss your specific circumstances on the phone and point you towards the best option.
How much time does it take?
We recommend 10-15 hours per week on average, which is a few hours for the lessons and the rest for implementation and writing time.
However, this is flexible depending on student commitments. It is perfectly acceptable to spend less time on certain weeks and more time on others depending on things like exams, family vacations, and other life events.
We have students who are doing this program alongside high school, college, part-time and full-time jobs, and other commitments — so it is definitely doable!
Is this a multi-year commitment?
No, you pay for The Author Conservatory on a year-by-year basis so you aren't locked into the entire program.
However, since each year builds on the previous years' skills, we recommend completing the full program to gain the maximum benefits.
Is this program accredited?
No. Our conservatory program is an alternative to college or a complement to college. Our students earn a certificate, not a degree.
What can I expect to accomplish?
Provided you give this program an honest effort, you can expect to:
Depending on where you are starting from and how long you stay in the program… that could take you to a book contract and beyond.