Rubart Writing Academy Online

Discover your identity (the theme of your life) and learn how to write transforming stories.

All the material we teach live, from the comfort of your home.


You’ll get the insights and knowledge you need to take your dream and make it a reality.     

Create Life Changing Fiction

You’ll discover how to craft stories that will go deep into your reader’s hearts and change them (and change you.) 

Theme of Your Life

You’ll discover the theme of your life and learn how to apply it to your stories, your branding, and everything else you do.

Do Any of The Statements Below Describe YOU?

  • You feel a bit stuck
  • You want to know what you should be doing, every day, to advance your career
  • You’ve been at the writing journey for a while now but are floundering and need specific direction
  • You want to create unique stories that will grab the hearts of agents, editors, and readers, but aren’t exactly sure how
  • You want to learn the marketing side of the publishing world in a way that’s doable (even for an introvert)
  • You want to know who you are at your core, the theme of your life, and how to apply it to your stories
  • You want to figure out how to stay motivated and encouraged even when you feel like giving up

Did you answer yes to any of those statements? We can help! 

Imagine waking up every day, knowing exactly what you need to do to rocket your career forward. Imagine pitching editors and agents at a conference with confidence. Imagine knowing precisely how to market yourself with ease. Imagine understanding traditional publishing vs Indie publishing, how to network like a pro, how to set goals, how to develop your unique voice … and much more. 

This is why we’re thrilled to offer you the online version of The Rubart Writing Academy.

Unleash Your True Potential

The sad truth? Most writers never reach their full potential. And it’s not for lack of trying.

They go to conference after conference, year after year, and don’t progress. They work on craft, but aren’t sure if they’re getting anywhere. They know they need to be marketing — but how? They’re stuck in second gear going 25mph, when they should be doing 75mph on the highway.

So what’s the secret? It’s what our 70+ graduates have discovered at our live Academies and from this, the online version of the live Academy. It’s all right here for you. It’s up to you to decide if it’s time for the dream to come true. 

Want to know more? Take a look at the video below. 

How This Course Will Help You

What People Say About the Academy

“This experience has given me not just the tools, but the inspiration, and the guidance, the preparation to continue on. Don’t be afraid — don’t let fear hold you back or your insecurities hold you back from making this jump, making this move.”

– Evelyn Beck, 2018 Graduate

“I really wasn’t sure, when I signed up for it if it was a wise investment — but it turned out to be a profoundly rewarding and enriching experience.”

– Jess Lederman, 2019 Graduate

“I’m energized because I feel now that I can go out and really nail it, so I’m hoping that’ll happen and I have every faith that it will. This is the road to success in all writing”

– Flo Parfit, 2017 Graduate

“This felt more like an inner healing conference than a writing conference.”

– Crystal Woodall, 2018 Graduate

“I came with high expectations. I will not leave disappointed.”

– Steve Watkins, 2019 Graduate

“The Academy is about figuring out who you really are as a person; what are your strengths, what do you want to be as a person, who do you want to be. Jim comes out from a Christian point of view. It’s from what does God want you to be? Jim helps you discover that.

– Kevin Schreiner, 2019 Graduate

Good writers work hard. Great writers work smart.

The Curriculum

Everything we cover in our four day live Academy is included in this online version.

It’s everything you need to know to find personal and professional success in this world of writing. This course isn’t like any you’ve seen before. It goes to the core of who you are, to help you write stories that resonate.

But it’s of course, much more than that.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll receive: 

Module 1

Identity & Theme of your Life

Before you can write life changing stories, you must know who you are. Who you are at your core. What the theme of your life is, because that informs everything else you do.

How do we do it? You tell me your five favorite movies and I’ll tell you the theme of your life.  

Module 2


How do you write compelling characters? Stories your readers will remember months after they finish? How do you develop a distinct writing voice?

What the the proven techniques to take your prose from good to great? That’s what the Craft module is all about.

Module 3

Marketing & Branding

Whether you love marketing or wish it would all go away, you know marketing and branding has to be a part of your plan.

During this module we explain how to discover and develop your own unique brand. Then show you how to apply it to everything you do. 

(And yes, we teach you how to build a killer website as well.)


Module 4

The Business of Publishing

Agents- how do you find them and how to evaluate them. Editors- same thing! Contracts- how do they work and what to look out for. Traditional vs Indie publishing- what’s the right path for you? Olympic Caliber Networking- yes, relationships are everything in this business. We show you how to make anyone your champion

Plus, goal setting, scheduling your time … all the ins and outs of the business side of the publishing journey.

Module 5

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. 

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

You’ll Also Get

Bonus Q&A

At the end of each module, Jim takes 15 minutes to give answers to your most asked questions. 

Self Paced Instruction

You can work through the material at your own pace — whatever your schedule allows for. 

120 Page Workbook

You’ll get a workbook filled with exercises, challenges and insights to guide you through the course. 

Discount on live academy

If you ever decide to attend the live Academy, you can apply your online course tuition to the Academy, saving you hundreds. 

Lifetime access

You can return to the course over and over, since you get lifetime access. 

Access To A Private Group

You’ll get access to a private group of others who are going through the course / who have gone through the course. 

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

Are you ready to learn a massive amount about the publishing journey? About yourself? About your craft? About business?

If so, let’s do this!

As with all of our courses, there is NO RISK! You can try the Complete Course 100% risk-free — if you aren’t absolutely thrilled with this course, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund. That’s how strongly we believe in this material.

Are you in? Then let’s go!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

You have lifetime access. In fact what we recommend is to go through the course at least twice a year as you’ll get different things out of it each time you go through.

If I'm already published, will this course help me?
Absolutely yes. Whether you are just beginning, or you’ve already published multiple books (we’ve had many of both go through this material) you’ll get an enormous amount of value out of it. This course is perfect for people who are not published, or have been published but are not seeing the kind of success they want to. The Rubart Writing Academy material will take your writing to the next level, and it will take you personally to the next level because you’ll know how to write from a place of true authenticity — that’s where the real impactful stories come from.
How is The Rubart Writing Academy different from other conferences, courses, and classes I've taken in the past? Material I can find on the Internet?
Other courses will teach you the technical aspects of writing. Don’t misunderstand, you need to understand those aspects. But more so than that, you need to understand yourself, so you can write stories that engage people. Some of the greatest stories were not told by technically proficient writers (by that standard, the people that write instruction manuals would be great authors). Writing is about so much more than the technical side. It’s about the heart. This is the only course out there, that will teach you about yourself, that will uncover truths about yourself. Once you understand that, you can write books that change peoples lives.
What's the difference between the online course and the in person Academy?
The two main differences are: 1. No one on one time 2. No personalized roadmap. Other than those two differences, the online course is the exact same material as the in person Academy, which is why it’s so powerful. We’ve held nothing back from you. Everything we teach, all in one place — and you can access it from your living room.
How is the online course set up?
As soon as you register, you’ll receive a workbook that you can download as a PDF. It will have supplemental material as well as the main material we teach on. From there, you will have access to all video teaching — it’s like we’re sitting down face to face (at least the next best thing). You can pause the recording, take notes in your workbook, and return to parts you want to review.
This is a big investment. What if I'm on a limited budget?
We intentionally designed the course with this in mind — we didn’t want price to hold anyone back from seeing their dreams of publication come true. That’s why we’ve created a payment plan, so you can have full and instant access to the course for less than $2 per day.
What happens after I've purchased the course?
We’ll send you a confirmation email with the details on how to set up your account and get started. From there, you’ll have instant access to all the material.
How do I get a refund?
Email our support team — and we’ll get it taken care of quickly.
Will this work?
Great question — THE question. Our answer is simple. Yes! The graduates of our live, in-person event say, “Yes!” But even so, we offer a money back guarantee so there’s no risk to find out if it will work for you.
Shouldn’t I be spending my money going to conferences?
Yes. And no. You should go to conferences, with a specific plan and purpose. If you’re going because it seems like that’s what other people are doing, you aren’t there for the right reasons. This course will teach you everything you need to know about the publishing world, so when you do go to a conference, you’ll get the most out of it, without wasting your time or money.
Do you offer discounts for writer groups who want to go through the course together?
This is something we are currently working on — if you’re interested, please email us at
I still have a question
No problem! We’d be happy to answer — just reach out to us by emailing