Become The Writer You’re Meant To Be.
A four day, in person writing Academy, where you’ll discover the theme of your life, learn craft, marketing & branding, the business side of publishing, and find motivation & inspiration, so you can get published and share your stories with the world.
Unleash Your True Potential
The sad truth? Most writers never reach their full potential. And it’s not for lack of trying.
You go to conference after conference, year after year, and don’t progress. You work on craft, but aren’t sure if you’re getting anywhere. You know you need to be marketing — but how? You’re stuck in second gear going 25mph, when you should be doing 75mph on the highway.
So what’s the secret? It’s what our 70+ graduates have discovered. It’s about much more than writing. You have to discover your true identity, and the theme of your life. I’ll show you how. You need a roadmap, a step by step plan you can follow. That’s what The Academy is all about.
The State of the Academy
The Journey is Finished
Last year, we came to the mutual decision to bring this season of our lives to a close. Wow, did we love the ride! But with elements of both our lives changing, we knew it was time to be done. Will we ever hold another Academy? Yes, anything is possible. But for the moment, our live Academies are over and we’re on to new adventures.
Meet Your Guides
James L. Rubart
Jim is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two sons.
He loves to send readers on mind-bending spiritual journeys they’ll remember years after they finish one of his stories.
He’s a best-selling multi-award winning author (Christy Hall of Fame, Carol Award, INSPY Award, and the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year) of 10 novels.
He speaks on writing and branding around the country, and in 2016 was named ACFW Mentor of the Year. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.
Taylor is the owner of Flannel Media, a video production and video marketing company based in Bellingham, Washington.
He left his job in 2017 to pursue his dream, so understands the fear and excitement authors feel when pursuing theirs. Taylor is the behind the scenes guy, videographer, photographer and Creative Director at the Rubart Writing Academy.
He loves working with his dad to help authors create a legacy, and go after their passion with their whole heart.
We’ll cover a lot of ground in our four days together. We begin on Thursday afternoon, and wrap up Sunday at 11:00. In our four days together, you’ll learn your identity, the theme of your life, branding, marketing, social media, website design, the business of publishing, how to stay motivated, and much more.
Identity & Theme of your Life
Do you know what the theme of your life is? Your true identity? This is where all great writing starts. You tell us your five favorite movies and we’ll tell you the theme of your life, which will guide you in everything you do.
Craft & Marketing / Branding
How do you write compelling characters? Stories people can’t get enough of? That’s what we’ll dive into.
Marketing and Branding is all about showing you how to get noticed in a world of hundreds of other writers.
Business of Publishing
How do you impress editors? How do you get an agent? What are publishing houses looking for? You’ll know exactly how to get their attention.
Motivation & Inspiration
Writing is hard. Our final day is about showing you how to keep going when you feel like giving up, as well as hearing inspirational stories from Jim’s journey.
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What Makes The Academy So Different?
The Academy is limited to 10 people per Academy, and held in a private home.
Most writing workshops focus on craft — that’s fine, but it doesn’t go to the core of what you need to know to be a success. You need to know yourself, and what drives you to write stories. Only then can you write stories that are life changing.
You’ll Also Get
One on One Time
Each attendee will get 15 minutes of one on one time with Jim, and 15 minutes with Taylor. This time can be used to discuss anything related to your writing journey.
Since Taylor is a professional photographer, you’ll get updated headshots.
Each Academy, we are thrilled to see writers make deep connections with one another.
Two weeks after The Academy, you’ll receive a customized roadmap, showing you exactly what you need to do to reach your writing goals.
Jim will critique any five pages of your writing.
Access To A Private Group
The journey doesn’t stop after you graduate from The Academy. Upon your graduation, you’ll be invited to join our private online writing group.
What’s My Investment?
What’s your dream worth? What are years of frustration costing you? How much is your time worth to you? What if you could shave off four, five, or even six years from your journey to publishing success? Can you afford to keep your story inside of you? Will you step into your dream, and make it a reality? Or will you continue to dream about reaching your publishing dreams?
There are two ways to pay — you can pay in full ($1785) or use the payment plan ($325 for six months).
Take the leap. The time is now.
I came here expecting excellence, and I will not leave here disappointed. They are speaking truth into our lives. When a creative person understands who they are, it’s an amazing thing. I leave here with a greater sense of who I am, and how it can be used for the purpose I’ve always wanted my gifts used for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Is The Academy For?
We’ve seen writers with 15 books published attend, and we’ve seen writers with no books published. We’ve seen fiction and non fiction writers attend. Overall, the Academy is for the writer who wants to unlock the keys to making their future writing dreams come true sooner than later.
Where Will I Stay?
We rent a local Airbnb for our time together, and you can rent a private or shared room there. You can also choose to stay off site. Priority will be given to those who sign up first.
Are Meals Included?
We provide lunches, and light snacks throughout. Dinner on Thursday night will be takeout, Friday night will be a group dinner out, and Saturday is on your own.
Will We Get Free Time?
Yes, there will be time for quiet reflection, getting to know the rest of the attendees, and unstructured conversation time.
Do We Get 1:1 Time?
Yes, you’ll get one on one time with both Jim and Taylor, to talk about anything to do with your writing career.
Will We Get a Writing Critique?
Yes, Jim will provide a writing critique for all who attend. Details will be provided upon registration.
Where Is the Academy Held?
No matter the city, we hold it in a private home. We know it creates a more desirable atmosphere than a hotel conference room.
Should I Attend A Conference First?
The Academy prepares you to make a great impression at conferences, so we suggest attending The Academy first.
I Have Another Question
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Do I Need a Manuscript?
Nope! We’ve had people come through The Academy with zero prior experience.
How Many Writers Will Attend?
No more than 10 writers will attend each Academy.
What Happens After the Academy?
A few weeks after the Academy, you’ll get your customized Road Map that will give you specific direction for your career. And you’ll immediately be added to the Rubart Writing Academy private Facebook group where you’ll get ongoing tips and ideas, as well as connect with grads from other Academies.
If You’ve Read This Far, What Are You Waiting For?
The Rubart Writing Academy is what I wish I had when I started out my writing career. To develop friendships, skills, my identity – it would have been priceless. Now I have a chance to offer that same thing to up and coming writers and authors. If you’re thinking about attending but aren’t sure, you can reach out to me personally. My email is james [at] rubartwritingacademy.com