Become a Master Writer

What if I told you that you could write like Hemingway?

Or Anne Lamott? Or Stephen King? Or Seneca?

I’ll let you in on a secret … learning their style isn’t just about reading their books.

There’s a trick that students of writing and literature have been implementing for centuries that will teach you EXACTLY how your favorite writers and authors not only write well—but also consistently.

Without having to take university level classes.

In fact, you can probably do it in less than 30 minutes a day.

How To Become a Master Writer?

Become a Master Writer is an eight-week self-study course, delivered direct to your inbox, that teaches you how to become a better writer using the technique that some of the most famous writers, thinkers, and authors have used for centuries—copywork.

Copywork is exactly what it sounds like. You find some writing that you like, or can learn from, and sit down to copy it by hand (word for word, punctuation mark for punctuation mark, space for space).

I know, you’re probably thinking, “How on earth would I ever learn to become a better, more consistent writer by copying someone else’s work?” Well, you’d be joining a pretty esteemed group of famous writers and thinkers who’ve used this exact method to develop their craft ...

Master Writers Who Copied

  • Hunter S. Thompson copied F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls so he could feel what it was like to write a classic novel
  • Virgil copied Homer (and Plato copied Socrates … copying your teacher’s writing was one of the only ways to get your essays circulated in Ancient Rome and Greece)
  • Stephen King notes in his writing theory book On Writing that he copied releases of his favorite horror short stories and graphic novels as a child to teach himself how the authors wrote
  • Benjamin Franklin copied interesting newspaper articles as a teen to learn how to write for publication
  • Buddhist monks handwrite ancient sutras and aphorisms again and again and again until the prose is etched in their mind

How Will This Improve Your Writing Skills?

  • You Will Become a Better Thinker
    • Unless you’ve done copywork before (or maybe you were educated in a one-room schoolhouse somewhere), I bet you’ve never studied writing and literature this way. It will slow down your hundred-mile-an-hour brain to pore over ideas and prose, and lead to new insights that inspire thought-provoking pieces of writing.
  • You Will Establish a Writing Habit
    • Having trouble carving out time to write? It may be that you don’t know what to write about. A system like this develops the habit of focusing on writing every day until it becomes a part of your routine. You can focus on the process of writing, not the constraints around it.
  • You Will Subliminally Synthesize Structure and Style
    • Remember, you are writing out works that have been vetted through proofreaders, copyeditors, and editors before they got to you. Pretty soon, you’ll know all the tricks without even realizing you were learning them. Wax on, wax off.
  • You Will Expand Your Vocabulary
    • Words are power, especially if you are a writer. Think of them as your net writing worth—no one wants a paltry net worth. You don’t have to be a jerk dropping multi-syllabic distractions, but having a huge arsenal of words available will help you write faster (you’ll always know how to say what you want to say!).
  • You Will Learn What NOT to Do in Your Writing
    • As you are exposed to different writers and narratives, you’ll begin to see what tone, style, diction, etc you really identify with — and what you could probably do without in your own writing.
  • You Will Improve Your Grammar and Make Fewer Errors
    • Who remembers all those rules?! After you’ve copied day in and day out, I bet you will. Every typed character in these works from writing masters has been analyzed to determine whether it adds or distracts from the piece. It’s like doing speedwork: you don’t have to do it to just run, but if you want a PR, you have to learn to run fast.

But What Exactly Do You Get?

  • Every week, you’ll get five copywork excerpts.
  • Once a week, you’ll receive a writing prompt to apply what you’ve learned.
  • We’ll also include links in every email to additional articles, essays, books, and resources we’ve curated so you can dig deeper into the week’s theme (if you choose).
  • The excerpts will come from lots of different styles, structures, authors, tones, ideologies, genres, and eras to help you practice and discover your own writing voice.

Each week will cover an overall theme or concept in writing:

  • Week One - Learning and Reading
  • Week Two - Language and Words
  • Week Three - Structure and Flow
  • Week Four - Concept and Premise
  • Week Five - Characters and Heroes
  • Week Six - Settings and Surroundings
  • Week Seven - Themes and (Life) Lessons
  • Week Eight - Voice and Style

By the time you hit your freewriting exercise, you will not only have done focused copywork, but you will also have gotten a daily lesson on what to pay attention to as you write. A compact little master class in writing...from the masters!

How It Really Works

1. Each morning you’ll receive a new lesson, that includes a copywork excerpt or writing prompt, along with an explanation for what to focus on as you do the work.

2. Print it out or view it right on your screen.

3. Grab your handy notebook, scrap paper, legal pad, etc., and start writing.

4. If you have time (or want to save it for later), click through the additional resources and materials we’ve curated for you to dig deeper into the lesson. This will be especially helpful for those feeling super ambitious or committed to becoming master writers.

You can do most to all of the lesson, every day, in less than 60 minutes.

How Can You Actually Apply This to Your Career and Business?

As predicted in the Fall of 2016, the Year of 2017 has been the resurgence of the idea of “Storytelling” as a foundation stone to all forms of writing.

This, of course, is because people would much rather learn their lessons from someone’s engaging and fascinating story than from a boring blog post that is barely better than a Powerpoint presentation.

But here’s the truth you don’t want to hear: many modern writers (possibly including you) are terrible at telling stories.

You’ve forgotten, through years of academic essays, emails and professional memos, and nonfiction best-sellers how to sit down and captivate your audience through the powers of written wit.

The writing we’ve hand-chosen for this course stands the test of time. It includes orations from Stoic and classic philosophers, Renaissance drama, Transcendental essays, and prize-winning fiction.

Some of the best narrative artistry available, without having to search it all out and figure out what you are supposed to learn from it.

Why Wait?

Do you find yourself saying:

► “I want to become a better writer, but I don’t know where to start.”

Or perhaps:

► “I could write more, if I just had the time.”

Maybe it’s:

► “I'm stuck. I don’t know what to write about.”

You can buy Become a Master Writer right now for only $199 and never worry about thinking or saying anything like this again.

As the saying goes, copying may be the highest form of flattery, but you'll see that it's also the quickest way to become a great writer yourself.

Your Instructor

Elisa Doucette
Elisa Doucette

Elisa has worked for two decades creating compelling content and writing for various businesses and publications. A frequent contributing writer, podcast guest, and event speaker, her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Yahoo! Small Business, The Shine Network, The Huffington Post, and Brazen Careerist among others. She spends most of her time consuming unnatural amounts of coffee, tea, red wine, microbrews, bourbon or curled up with her Kindle in an overstuffed leather chair. With no home base, she travels the planet looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and new ways to make words sexy.

Elisa started her love affair with language before she could walk, throwing hysteric tantrums as a one-year-old if her family would not read to her on demand. Constantly curled up with books and journals, she refined her studies at the University of Maine (Stephen King’s alma mater) where she dual majored in Creative Writing and Classical Studies, with a minor in Latin. As the owner and executive editor of the creative editing agency, Craft Your Content, Elisa oversees the hiring and cultivation of a talented team of word and content geniuses while also encouraging the development of clients’ writing and thought prowess. CYC serves as a champion for each writers’ unique voice and vision, while helping them to create their most compelling content.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
There’s no way I can set aside time every day to do this.
I bet that is what you say about your own writing as well; I know I do. Carving out 60 minutes daily to do this practice is a fantastic way to build a writing habit without having to struggle for something to say.
Do I have to hand write it?
There are but a few tasks in life that you HAVE to do (breathing and eating your Mom’s or significant other’s cooking come to mind). But so many studies have shown that you’ll get a more cognitive experience writing by hand. In other words, it will improve your brain and your writing.
Do I have to do the WHOLE thing?
Please note the “Have To” conversation above. The longer you work at this, the more good writing will become second nature for you and you’ll continue to grow. Gotta put in the time though.
Will there be (Classical, Fiction, Blog Posts, Insert Writing Genre Here) excerpts? I hate reading that stuff.
The writing excerpts will come from all kinds of genres, because you never know what you might end up learning. Or liking. I spent half my life thinking I hated onions. But saute or caramelize them, and they’re delicious!
What happens if I fall behind?
Then you catch up. Do a double dose one day. Bang out a few on the train. Eat your cereal with one hand and jot down words with the other.
How long will the excerpts be?
Most excerpts will be under 1000 words. No more listicle posts for you!
Do I have to read the additional stuff?
What is it with all the “Have To’s” around here? This isn’t English 170; there will be no grades at the end. The additional resources are just that … additional. You will learn a TON from the daily prompts alone, but if you want to learn more, these resources have you covered.
What is a writing master class?
This course was originally called a Writing Masters Class because you’re learning from lots of masters, not just one. Per the all-knowing power that is Wikipedia, “A master class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—usually music, but also painting, drama, any of the arts, or on any other occasion where skills are being developed.”
Won’t I lose my unique voice/writing style?
Did you totally lose your sense of self the first time you traveled somewhere? Was Michael Jordan less of a standout athlete because he watched game tapes? Did you not make that dinner/desk/decoupaged planter because you got the idea off Pinterest? We all learn by doing, and part of that is seeking guidance from those who are better at something than we currently are. You’ll learn to appreciate the different nuances of these writers, and eventually adapt them to your own.
How do you reprint excerpts and essays from writers and authors?
We have selected excerpts from various works of literature and non-fiction books, and reprinted them under the Fair Use doctrine (meaning we only selected a small portion of the complete work.) Essays and articles are either available in the public domain, or we have requested special permission to share. If you are the writer, creator, or publisher of a piece of content contained in this course and you would like us to remove it, please let us know (hi@craftyourcontent.com) and we will remove it immediately. Please know, we selected it in the first place because we felt it was a piece of masterful writing, and we would like you to know that above anything else.

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