At Courageous Wordsmith, we guide creative writers through their narrative journeys—from raw inklings to beautiful projects. And this is our sanctuary space.
We're here to nurture our Muses together, through creative cross-pollination, seasoned guidance, and compassionate witness.
We are not for everyone who wants to write a book.
We are Unapologetically Feminist, LGBTQ-Affirming, and Anti-Racist.
We believe Black Lives Matter. White supremacy hurts everyone.
We hold respect for Spirit + Humanity + Earth.
And we adore playing with words.
Are you with us?
You have stories to tell. Outwardly, your narrative might look like:
A book. A podcast. A multimedia project.
You name it.
But really this is a journey into the heart of your wisdom.
Is it your time to start (or continue) writing? Please join us.
Nobody does it alone.
In Courageous Wordsmith Collective, we bring together creative writers to capture our big narrative arcs so that we can:
We'll share what we know about writing and showcase writers who inspire us.
You’ll receive inspiration among fellow creatives.
We welcome your voice.
The Salon is a place for writers to mingle.
It’s literary, down-to-earth, quirky, spiritual, smart, reverent, slightly profane, savvy, authentic, and all about empowering book-loving people who want to raise their voices in service to a better world.
It's the coffee house with gallery art and the singer in the corner that we all love.
We provide prompts throughout the week—little cumulative drops to get your story going and keep it moving along.
It's a place for you to share what's speaking to you. Got a book or show you can't wait to recommend? Let us know. You can share your own work, fabulous memes, and profound articles. Pull a card, share a poem (properly cited, of course), and illuminate the creative process.
Looking for something to inspire you? Ask what's speaking to us.
Please make yourself at home here.
Grateful to & for you. 💖
Explore our Resource Library crafted especially for (emerging) creative writers. Some resources are free, such as our Storycraft podcast. Others are offered at a great value. Throughout the year, you can gather with peers in private workshops and live Zoom events. Share writing, accountability, and meant-for-you guidance.
And because this is a creative journey, our offerings will evolve to serve you.
Here's a current offering that might interest you:
When you join a Circle, you join a company of peers. You're each on your individual narrative journeys, but you gather for a spell to share accountability and compassionate witness so that your book can take root and thrive.
Circles offer a safe and place to generate writing and reflect on work in progress. They also pose the potential to form trusted writing partnerships.
12 Monthly Idea Parties to generate and make sense of stories
4–6 Special Events on topics related to creative process and craft
A private forum where you can connect and share writing
Weekly accountability threads throughout the year
Peers who get to know you and your book
Remember that wherever you start, you'll move forward with your own content, your style, your message, at your pace. We get our inspiration from you.
This isn't a sprint. It's also not a marathon. It's a pilgrimage.
This story is all yours, through all its phases.
We're here to guide you, wherever you find yourself now.
I'm Amy Hallberg, story mentor, developmental editor & certified master coach.
I'm also a German-teacher-turned-award-winning author.
I know the longing to be a writer.
I know how creative partnerships matter.
I know that writing is a solitary pursuit, but nobody does it alone.
Most of all I know that my book (and other big projects) would not exist without sanctuary space, compassionate witness, and cross-pollination.
That's what we're offering in Courageous Wordsmith Collective, with our Writers' Salon, plus Resource Library and Events when you're ready for more.
Based on my experience, I'm crafting this collective with my friend Nicole Diaz.
Picture yourself in our Sanctuary Space. It's a word-loving place where you can pose questions, observe clues, play freely, and take simple steps. People here are infinitely curious—and intentionally kind. We celebrate that.
We're all looking for deeper meaning. And we're all artisans here.
You can get started right away, at whatever pace you like. Our Salon is free, always. We welcome your voice.
As part of this community, you'll be first to hear about our events and other opportunities to take your writing deeper when you're ready.
If this is for you, request to join our Writers' Salon. We'll see you inside.
Love, Amy and Nicole