The Rubart Writing Academy

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.

Update: February 5, 2020

We are currently monitoring CDC reccomendations for in person gatherings. Your safety is of course, our number one priority. We can’t wait to hold in person Academy events again, but want to make sure we can do it safely.

We will continue to update this page as the situation changes, and as we know more.

AS of this writing, we are tentatively planning on holding in person events in the Fall, but may change those plans based on the latest date for Covid cases.

Thank you, and we welcome any questions you may have. You can click here to send us a message.

– Jim & Taylor

Writing life changing fiction isn’t about sentence structure, it’s about the heart

When it comes to writing, we’re used to fixing our grammatical errors and trying to create more compelling characters. These are necessary, but often don’t address the real reason why our writing isn’t getting published.

As writers, we must learn to write from our true identity. From our deepest places. Only then can we write stories that will impact the world. 

To address this Taylor and I created an entirely new way of approaching fiction writing. It’s how I became a best selling, multi-award winning author.

We’ll teach you my secrets. Show you a clear path to publication. No more confusion or frustration.

Together, we’ll create life changing stories that will not be soon forgotten. 

To you, and your writing dreams becoming reality, 

– Jim

This is What You’ll Learn

Networking / Connections

How to get others to be your champion and open doors for you that you thought were firmly locked! 


How to navigate the business side of publishing — editors, agents, contracts, traditional vs. indie publishing, time management, goal setting, and much more.


We design a road map customized just for you that shows you a clear path to publishing success.


You’ll discover your own personal brand and how to market that brand on your website, in social media, as well as learn how to create rabid fans for you and your books.


Find deep connection with other writers on the same journey. 


Knowing who you are at your core, knowing what the theme of your life is, will affect everything you do and write in an incredibtly powerful way. During The Academy we’ll dicover exactly who you are. 

The Academy

The Rubart Writing Academy is a four day writing intensive focused on the Four Pillars of Publication: Craft. Business. Marketing/Branding. Motivation & Inspiration. Plus, how to discover your core identity, the theme of your life.

You, along with 8 other writers, will get group instruction, one on one coaching with both Jim and Taylor, and leave with a customized road map, designed for you, so you will know exactly what you need to do to thrive in the world of publishing.

No more guessing. No more wondering. You’ll finally have a clear roadmap for your writing journey..

“People might think it’s a lot of money, and it’s a far distance. And they’re right. It is a lot of money, and it is a far distance. But it is THE BEST money I have spent on my craft. Ever. I would have paid double to be here.”

– Nick Kording, October ’18 Graduate

The Four Pillars of Publication


The precise steps on how to create compelling writing that editors, agents, and ultimately readers, can’t get enough of. 


You’ll learn the secrets of traditional and indie publishing, how to create a network of champions who will open doors for you, and how to navigate all the intricacies of the business side of publishing.


You’ll discover your own, unique personal brand and how that is the foundation of all of your marketing. We’ll show you how to create outstanding marketing even if you’re an introvert and marketing intimidates you! Plus, learn how to build a website with impact, how to execute email marketing, and how to build a strong social media following.


Did you know talent isn’t the key ingredient in publishing success? We’ll tell you what is, and teach you how to stay motivated and inspired even when you feel like giving up.

No more doubt. No more wondering. You’ll finally have the drive and belief to make your writing dreams a reality. 


Don’t Just Take It From Us

Since 2017, we’ve been honored to hold The Academy six times. Over 45 writers from multiple countries have graduated from The Rubart Writing Academy. Both beginners, and multi published authors. Here’s what they say about their experience.

“This was worth every penny I have paid, every favor I had to call in”

“I have the confidence to know that this is what I am supposed to be doing, and I have the tools to do it”

“This experience has given me the guidence to continue on. I’ve made lifelong friends. Don’t let fear hold you back from making this jump”

“I would pay three times over to come to this again”

“It’s so focused on each of us individually, and focused on each one of us. It’s all about finding your identity”

“I would have paid double for it. This is hands down the best money I have spent on my craft. Ever.”

What Makes The Academy Different From Everything Else

One On One Time

You’ll get personalized, one on one time with Jim. And you’ll receive a critique of your writing, not just general tips on how to improve.

You’ll also get personal one on one coaching with Taylor — on your website, email marketing, and social media presence.

Marketing Consultation

We’ll show you exactly how to market to your target readers, in a natural and personal way. And we’ll how you how to discover your own, unique brand and how to apply that to everything you do.

Lasting Relationships 

Developing friendships with other writers is one of the most rewarding parts of the Academy. The friendships that have come out of the Academy? Wow! 

Customized Plan

No writing journey is the same, which is why we develop a personalized, actionable plan for you to follow. We spend time after The Academy putting together your personal roadmap, then send it to you so every day you know what to do to reach your publishing goals. 

Are You Ready To See Your Writing Journey Skyrocket To The Next Level?

The Team

James L. Rubart

James 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 journeys they’ll remember years after they finish one of his stories.

He’s a best-selling author who has won five Christy Awards, including the Christy Book of the Year, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year, among others.

He’s the author of ten novels, speaks on writing and branding around the country, and is the co-host of the Novel Marketing podcast. In 2016, he was named ACFW Mentor of the Year.

Taylor Rubart

Taylor is the owner of Flannel Media, a thriving video production and video marketing company based in Bellingham Washington.

He left his job in 2016 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’s loves working his dad to help authors create a legacy, and go after their passion with their whole heart. 


If You’ve Read This Far, What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re like many writers:

  • You’ve been to conferences
  • You’ve attended workshops
  • You’ve read the books

Yet, after all that, you still don’t know which direction to move in.

The truth is, we live in a world of abundance. We have so much information, we don’t know what to do with it all. That’s why The Rubart Writing Academy exists — to give you great teaching, of course, but more importantly, show you how to apply it to your own writing journey.

Don’t spend any more time being overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated.

Sign up for The Rubart Writing Academy today, and get direction, guidance, and a plan to succeed in the world of publishing.

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? 

Take the leap. The time is now.


What’s Included?

During our four days together, we’ll delve into showing you how to create compelling stories readers can’t put down. We explain the business side of the publishing industry. We teach you marketing and branding — so critical to your success. We show you how to stay motivated, and give you a customized roadmap for your journey. And we help you discover who you are at your core.


  • Professional headshots
  • Group dinner first night
  • All lunches included 
  • 120 page workbook 
  • Q&A’s 
  • Personalized Roadmap to publication 
  • Access to private online writing group

Academy Schedule

Day 1 – Thursday – Branding and Identity



Arrival at Home & Introduction

By Taylor and James L. Rubart

We’ll get together, meet one another, and settle in. 


4:00pm - 5:30pm

Discover Your Identity and Brand

By James L. Rubart 

Jim goes into how to discover your true identity, and the theme of your life and explains how it relates to your brand and everything else you do in life. 


5:30pm - 6:30pm

Group Dinner


We have an opportunity to share a meal together, and you have an opportunity to ask questions and get to know one another. 

Day 2 – Craft & Marketing / Branding


8:30am – 9:15am

Creating unique stories with deep emotional impact

By James L. Rubart

Jim teaches you how to create stories that agents and edtiors (and readers!) can’t put down.


9:15am – 10:00am

Creating compelling characters

By James L. Rubart

Jim shows how to create characters that are unforgettble, both heroes and villains. 


10:00am – 11:00am

Keys to creating life changing fiction

By James L. Rubart

The secrets to creating fiction that people will remember years after finishing one of your stories.


11:00am – 12:00pm

Marketing & Branding – Principles for career success

By James L. Rubart

What branding is, what is isn’t, and how to discover your own unique. compelling barnd. THEN how to use it to become unforgettable.


12:00pm – 1:00pm




1:00pm – 2:00pm

Group Q&A  


2:00pm – 3:30pm

1 on 1 time with Jim Rubart / Taylor Rubart / Author headshots

Each student meets with Jim individually to discuss their career, ask questions, and get sage career counsel. 

You’ll also meet one on one with Taylor to talk about your website and social media presence.

In addition, Taylor will take professional author headshots of you that you can use on your website, handouts, social media, brochures, etc.


3:30pm – 4:30pm

Creating powerful websites

Taylor teaches you how to create a powerful, engaging website as an author. You’ll learn exactly what is needed, what to include, and the psychology behind compelling web design. 


4:30pm – 5:00pm

Work time / Q&A

A chance to work on exercises, and ask any questions you may have during the day. 

Day 3, Saturday – Marketing / Business of Publishing


9:00am – 10:00am

Website examples & reviews

We review your website (if you have one) and give immediate feedback on how you can make it shine!


10:00am — 11:00am

Building an email list

Taylor Rubart

You’ll learn how to build an audience, build a profitable email list, and you’ll learn what to talk about when sending email messages to your readers.


11:00pm – 12:00pm

Mastering Social Media

Taylor Rubart

Which social media platform should you use? How do you use it? How do you find your audience? All these questions and more will be answered during this part of The Academy


12:00pm — 1:00pm



1:00pm – 2:30pm

1 on 1 time with Jim Rubart / Taylor Rubart

Each atendee meets with Jim individually to discuss their career, get advice, and ask questions.

You’ll also meet with Taylor to discuss your website and social media presence. 


2:30pm – 4:00pm

Business of Publishing

The business side of publishing — editors and agents, indie vs. traditional, contracts, finding time to write, goal setting… we cover all the business aspects of the publishing industry so you can navigate this world with confidence. Plus, Jim shares his own journey, and show you how to create your own.


4:00pm – 5:00pm

Extended Q&A

If you’ve had any questions up until this point, fire away. An open time to ask anything you’ve been longing to know.  

Day 4, Sunday – Motivation & Inspiration


8:00am - 9:30am

Motivation & Inspiration / Live Free, Write Free

How do you keep going when you feel like giving up?  You’ll learn specific and proven techniques to keep your momentum going, believe in yourself when you don’t think you can, and build a community of other writers to travel with along the path of publishing.


9:30am - 10:00am

Final thoughts from Jim & Taylor



10:00am - 12:00pm

Reading the label

Our favorite activity during The Academy — we speak out the strengths we see inside of you. A powerful session, best experienced rather than described, so we’ll say no more! 


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Student testimonials

Optional, but if you had a wonderful experience at The Academy, we’d love to hear about it. 



Conclusion of The Academy


Are You Ready To See Your Writing Journey Skyrocket To The Next Level?

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question we don’t answer below? Email Taylor or Jim directly.

Q: How Many Writers Attend Each Academy?


A: Each Academy has no more than 10 students, to insure personalized attention.

Q: Who is The Academy geared for?

A: We’ve seen writers with 15 books published attend, and we’ve seen writers with no books published, who are at the start of their writing career. Overall, the Academy is for the writer who wants to unlock the keys to making their future writing dreams come true sooner than later.

Q: Is housing included?

A: No, but since we hold it at a home, you can stay at the house we are holding The Academy at a discounted rate. Priority will be given to students who sign up first. 

Q: Are meals included?

A: Most are included! Dinner the first night, lunches throughout, and light snacks are provided. 

Q: Where is it held?

A: A big hotel conference room? Nah. We hold The Academy in a home, so it’s a small, warm, personalized atmosphere. Safe. Initimate. Comfortable. 

Q: What if I still have a question?

A: Ask away! We’d love to hear from you:

What are you waiting for?

You’ve come this far — it’s time for your writing journey to be absolutley, 100% transformed. Register today, it’s going to be epic. 

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