Do you have a book inside of you?

Do you have a book inside of you? 
Or do you have an article you want to get published?
How about a blog that you want to write for and grow?
Or maybe you love to write and want to get better at your passion?

But where do you start? 

How do you go from having writing dreams to making them a reality?
How do you move from wanting to be a writer to fully owning your calling as a writer?

I know how: you have to take the risk to invest in yourself and your desire to write. I did this when I decided to pursue my MFA in Creative Writing nearly a decade ago–and I gave years of my life to studying the craft of writing and immersing myself in the world of literature and critical feedback.

Your writing dreams matter because your story matters.
But most of us can’t drop everything and give years of our lives to solely focusing on writing, and that’s why I started Writing with Grace back in 2015. I knew that there were writers who wanted to grow and pursue their calling as Christ-centered word-wielders, but they didn’t have the time or finances to go back to school.

So, after teaching college-level writing courses for half a decade, I decided to offer the best of that material in an online format. I teach the classes live, and you can re-watch them later when you have time. This is the cream of what I taught in 300 and 400 level writing courses, distilled into a six-week course and offered at a fraction of the cost of traditional university education.

I want you to have access to the best writing instruction in a format that works with your current life.

Registration is open now, and you can use the code GRACE to save 10% on the cost of the course. We’re going to have an amazing time together starting at the end of this month, and I want YOU to be there with us.

So, do you have a book inside of you? An article (or ten?) A writing dream?
If you do, this is your next step.

Come join me over at Writing with Grace for all the details–I can’t wait to see you there!

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How to Grow as a Writer: 5 Ways

Perhaps one of the questions that gets tossed around the most in writing circles the question of how to grow as a writer. It can feel elusive and unclear–how does one grow in a skill that can’t be quantified, like math? How does one get better as a writer when the skill can’t be taught like teaching someone to ride a bike? There’s no ten-step process to becoming an exquisite writer (although many of us wish there was).

From Hemingway to Dickens, from Voskamp to Niequist, there is a wide and maddening range of what readers love and what any particular reader might consider “good.” That’s why much of writing revolves around the discovery of a writer’s voice and strengths. We have to learn to strengthen our weaknesses and capitalize on our natural abilities. Most of us also need a good editor.

However, I do know that there are things all of us can do to offer ourselves opportunities to grow. There are disciplines that we can adhere to, practices that we can participate in. This is part of the reason why I offer Writing with Grace, the live, online, six-week course that I teach for writers who want to grow in their writing voice, craft, and ability. We tackle a lot of the nitty-gritty of writing well in that class, and I offer a lot of tools that good writers rely on to bolster their work. Head over to to check it out–this post will still be right here when you come back.

I thought it might be helpful to create an infographic of some of the ways that all of us can grow as writers. Check it out below, and hang out with me over at Writing with Grace!

How to Grow as a Writer

Writing with Grace: Registration is Open!

Writing course for writers:

After having the great joy of teaching Writing with Grace this winter, I’m thrilled to let you know that I’m going to be teaching the course again this Spring!

Writing with Grace, a six week course for writers.

If you haven’t heard of Writing with Grace, it’s the live, online, six-week course that I teach for writers who want to grow in their ability, craft, and voice. The course includes interviews with industry professionals, optional reading assignments and writing prompts, and recorded sessions of every class for you to watch again and on your own schedule for a month after the course ends.

I taught college writing courses for five years, and wanted to offer the same, power-packed material to writers who don’t have the time to go back to school in their season of life. I teach with Jesus at the center of the writing process, and love helping others own their call as writers and pen their stories beautifully.

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You can hop over to to see the course schedule, editor interviews, and complete details. Registration is only open until March 15th, and class starts in April.

I would love to see you there!

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Writing with Grace Registration is Live Today!

Ann Swindell, author and speaker

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I’ve mentioned it here before, but I’ll be teaching a six-week writing course this January through February, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been teaching writing and creative writing on the college level for years, and now I’m teaching this material in a power-packed course online, live, in a webinar format.


Writing with Grace, a six week course for writers.

I’m also thrilled to have three editors joining this course to talk with students about the publishing world from the inside out. If you want to grow as a writer, if you want to strengthen your writing voice and sharpen your writing ability–this course is for you!

Registration is live now–but only for two weeks! Head over to the Writing with Grace Course website to read all about the six-week schedule, the editors who will be joining us, and details about what you can expect.

I believe in the power of words to transform the world, because Jesus is the Living Word, and we can learn to harness the beauty and strength of words to point others–and our own souls–to Him. If that sounds life-giving to you, join me over at!