Learn The Writing & Business Skills You Need To Get Published And Support Yourself Financially

A college alternative focused on advanced writing craft and entrepreneurship.

Conservatory, noun: “a school specializing in one of the fine arts.”

We provide young Christian writers with an unparalleled educational experience where they can master the writing craft, develop practical business skills, and have access to top industry professionals — all within a supportive Christian environment. Here’s what that looks like:

Laser Focus on Writing Skills

We don’t fill your schedule with extracurriculars that don’t directly prepare you for a writing career.

Professional Mentorship

Our goal is to give you more personal feedback on your writing than you can get anywhere else.

A Viable Financial Plan

The “starving artist” is a myth. We teach business skills that enable writers to have a sustainable career.

This is one of the best things that ever happened to my writing and to me as a person. If your goal is to be an author, I can’t recommend The Author Conservatory highly enough.

Sarah Pagel

The Author Conservatory Is Perfect for:

Motivated high school students who already know that writing is their passion and want a head start on turning it into a viable career path.

College-age students looking for an alternative to the traditional college route that allows them to focus on their passion for writing, stay home, and save money.

College students or graduates who are ready to focus more seriously on crafting amazing books and gaining the practical business skills they need to get published and support themselves financially.

“I’m so honored to be part of something that feels groundbreaking.” — Nadine Brandes

Award-winning author of Fawkes, Romanov, and the Out of Time Series

Get Career-Level Training That…

  • Trains you to write books for the popular market (not just ones that impress English teachers).
  • Helps you craft 2-4 full-length projects.
  • Gives you a viable financial strategy for writing & entrepeneurship.
  • Doesn’t come with a $100,000+ price tag for graduation!

“I have been able to earn nearly $20,000 in the first year of the business the Conservatory helped me launch. I am now making approximately $83/hour, which leaves me plenty of time to write, and study and pursue the other things that are important to me.”

Kasumi Sonoda

How to Apply:


Fill Out An Application

Answer a few questions as part of our initial screening process.


Talk With Admissions

Work with our admissions team to see if the program is right for you.


Choose Your Start Date

If you are accepted, you will choose a start date that works best for you.

Apply for the Conservatory

Space is limited. Apply today to get started.

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“One of the most comprehensive writing programs you’ll find anywhere.” — Steve Laube

President of The Steve Laube Agency, Enclave Publishing, 
and The Christian Writer’s Institute

This is the mentorship you’ve been looking for.

Our founders, Brett Harris and Kara Swanson, are bestselling and award-winning authors with a proven track record of helping young people accomplish their writing goals.

They understand the unique challenges facing young writers and have first-hand experience navigating the complex world of writing and publishing as young people.

They are committed to providing the best writing mentorship you’ll find anywhere — all from a distinctly Christian worldview that won’t ever compromise your convictions.