Joanne Fedler's Courses

The writer's journey
No matter where you are in your writing journey, let me support you with one of my courses.

What makes me different from other writing mentors

  • I’ve written and published ten books in five different genres (literary fiction, commercial fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction and self-help);
  • my books have sold over 650 000 copies worldwide;
  • I’ve been teaching, writing and mentoring writers for ten years;
  • most writing mentors focus on craft. I focus on consciousness – who you are as a writer and what message you have to share. I know that consciousness fuels craft  – only when we know why we want to write and what we want to write, do we need to learn how to do it perfectly for our genre and market;
  • I help writers connect with the soul of their book- we find the heartbeat together;
  • my years as a counsellor for abused women equipped me to listen deeply to what people say and to feel for the story hiding in their words;
  • my legal training gave me solid training in logic and structure (essential in writing);
  • as a women’s rights advocate and CEO of a not-for-profit legal advocacy centre, I learned to be a practical strategist: how do we get our message into the market and call people to action (i.e buy books)?;
  • In 2014 I did a year long business programme for entrepreneurs to master the fundamentals of branding, marketing, pitching, profile and platform (which are essential for commercial success);
  • In 1994 Hustler magazine made me Asshole of the Month because of my advocacy work against violent pornography – I’m tough and robust and I’ll teach you to be resilient (you need it if you want to be an author).

Other Courses to Enhance Your Writing Journey

Coming in 2018

You know something and you want to share it with others. But how do you go about writing a self-help book? What makes a self-help book self-helpy without it being patronizing or too much about you? How do you keep your reader interested and engaged?

In this Do-It-Yourself online course, you’ll receive online video training as well as a comprehensive workbook and checklist to guide you through the structuring and writing of your book to make sure you satisfy the two essential elements of any self-help book.

As writers, words can get in our way. Sometimes we need to stop using language and play with images. I have used visionboards during the writing of every one of my ten books. In this online course that comes with video training, worksheets and a workbook, I will teach you how to use visionboards for at least 20 different writing problems including overcoming writer’s block, developing your characters, illuminating your themes and getting clear on your title.
Everything we imagine begins with an image or a vision in our minds. When we create a visionboard, we bring to consciousness a visual representation of our hopes, dreams and longings; and in this way, we begin to give energy to their attainment. In this hands-on three-day workshop, we will create visionboards to get rid of old energy, establish how we want to feel and who we want to be in the new year.

Your Pathway to Publication

Are you new to writing? Don’t know where to begin or what to write about? Or maybe you want to reignite an old flame with words to see if there’s any chemistry.

Join me for my next 7 DAY FREE ONLINE WRITING CHALLENGE and learn 7 simple but profound writing tricks that will lead you step by step towards a final writing exercise where you can put it all together and decide whether you’re in love or you’re ready to pass.

You want to write your story, but where do you start? How do you go about it? How do you make it interesting so others will want to read it?

I’ll teach you exactly how to go about it in 7 TRICKS TO WRITING YOUR STORY. I share 7 easy techniques to help you unpack the length and breadth of your life experience in this self-study online course. You can work through it at your own pace supported by 8 video trainings, a comprehensive workbook and infographics.

You’ve got a book in you, but don’t know how to get it out. You need expert guidance and mentoring on the craft. You need to find your unique writing voice. But more than that, you need to believe you’ve got it in you to become an author.

Become a member of a TRIBE of Awakening Authors in THE AUTHOR AWAKENING ADVENTURE. In this unique 8 week transformational writing course only offered twice a year, you will be trained not only in the craft of writing but in developing the consciousness you need to own the identity of an author. You’ll be mentored to develop 6 strengths that set you apart from every other wannabe author in a like-minded supportive community.

You’ve got a whole lot of story in you, but it’s a tangled mess. You need a hand-hold, a game plan and a cheer squad to get to your first draft.

Once you’ve completed The Author Awakening Adventure, you’ll be invited to join our 12 month WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT MASTERCLASS where you’ll receive group mentoring and monthly challenges to get your first draft done: 60 000 + words that take your reader on a journey.

What do you do after your first draft is written?

You have to rewrite to get your book ready to submit to agents and publishers and prepare your platform. Alumnae of the Masterclass will be invited to take part in the AUTHOR LIFTOFF LIVE EVENT where I’ll teach you the secrets of rewriting and the business of being an author (how to pitch your book, write a blurb, synopsis, and create a platform). You’ll also get to meet key people in the publishing industry.

Why not join me for an experience that will transform all you believe about what you are capable of achieving with your writing?

Each year, I take a small group of aspiring women authors on a WRITING RETREAT – sometimes to Fiji, Bali or Tuscany. For 5-8 days (depending on the retreat) you will have the time, focus and support you need to work on your writing, whether it is still just an idea, a work-in-progress or a draft. My job will be to create and hold a safe space for you while you do.

Writing Prompts

Need ongoing inspiration for days when you don’t know where to start or what to write about?

Grab my exquisitely designed WRITING PROMPTS and for 52 days you will never be lost or left wondering ‘what should I write about today?’ These powerful prompts will jiggle your heart and make you want to put words on the page.

24 Questions to Guide Your Writing Workbook

What issues do you need to think about as an emerging author?

Get hold of my 24 Questions to Guide Your Writing workbook here to help you clarify the 24 essential questions you need to be able to answer to write your book.

Your Story Workbook

Need a hand-hold through the writing process?

Joanne has designed this 42-page workbook that walks you through every element of your story so that by the end of it, you’ll have all the building blocks to get right into it.

I Know What Stops You from Writing

    I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic And she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short And she said it sure is I asked her if I could wear nail polish Or not wear nail polish And she said honey She calls me that sometimes She said you can do just...

How Do You Say the Thing You Are Not Allowed to Say?

“What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak....it was born in the moments when we accumulated silent things within us.” - Gaston Bachelard There are things we are allowed to say and things we are not allowed to say. We...

Where Don’t You Want to Go – Go There

My friend Ilze, who is a gifted group facilitator, says, ‘You can only take others as deep as you have gone yourself.’ Writing is like facilitating – it’s leading people (your readers) into the places you’ve visited within. As writers, we’ve tacitly undertaken to our...

9 Spiritual Principles to Boost Your Creativity

So many people tell me, 'I'd love to write, but I'm just not creative.' They speak as if creativity is an innate IQ or EQ or an extra nipple some people are born with which precludes the possibility of acquiring it. I think of creativity as a way of seeing, a...

When Mothers Kill

Mrs. Large is an elephant and the mother of Laura, Lester and baby who tries – without success - to have a bath with a tray of tea and some scones away from her children. Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy is the bedtime book I always choose to read to my kids when it...

Paths Are Made by Walking

One of the most important books I ever read as a law student was Professor Patricia Williams’ The Alchemy of Race and Rights. The book opens with this line, ‘Since subject position is everything in my analysis of the law, you deserve to know it’s been a bad day.’ What...

How to Teach Boys to Respect Girls

Before my son was born, I didn’t think it was my problem to raise good men. I’d been working with raped and battered women as a women’s rights advocate for many years, and had seen my share of sexist atrocities by men-gone-wrong. My aim was to get justice for women –...

In That Place

In That Place When you find it Come back and tell us. What did you see in that starless dark? What heavens deserted you and how did you survive those broken nights in the jungle not knowing if you would ever be found again? How did you crawl from your bed...

A Simple Exchange of Niceties

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. - Wallace Stevens The first available appointment was for next week only. That was in nine days time. Enough time for hands, brains, eyelids and knee joints to form according to the charts. I took a walk. I needed...

Surviving Teenagers

I call my kids to come see this YouTube video of some father in the US who ends his rant against his teenage daughter’s ‘I-hate-my-parents’ Facebook post, by emptying the barrel of a gun into her laptop. I suppose I’m hoping it’ll dawn on them I’m not such a terrible...

8 Reasons to Write

If you've been putting off writing, this one is for you. We spend a lot of time fending off the 'it's-narcissistic' saboteur, the 'I-suck-at-grammar' bogeyman and the 'who-will-give-a-damn?' golem. But seriously folks, as the Buddha said, 'the problem is, you think...

Instant Turn Offs and Ons

Fairy stories have a lot to answer for. Those anything-but-innocuous tales parents glibly recite at bedtime invariably rely on a single moment where two (generally outstandingly good looking) people fall instantly in love with as much volition as a carbon atom bonds...

Writing Is Not for Wusses

Writing Is Not for Wusses... so Zip Up Your Warrior Suit (You're Braver Than You Think) Being a writer is not like any other profession. Our work is literally who we are. Not to laud it over book keepers or bakers who do an honest day’s work, every time a writer ‘goes...

Keeping Faith

You can tell when someone is hungry. People who are hungry have dry lips. Chapped with dry bits that stick every so often when they talk. They do not pause to lick them, the frayed seams at their mouths. Most of my clients at (POWA) People Opposing Women Abuse, a...

Why Talent is Overrated in Writing

What stops many people from writing is the belief that they have no talent. This is what I think about talent: Talent isn’t enough: talent guarantees zilch. It's not a ticket to a publishing deal let alone a bestseller. It’s not even a boarding pass. It may get you to...

Twelve Things Your Mum Was Right About

There’ll come a point in your life when you’ll suddenly have a flashback to your childhood. And it will be your mother’s voice. And you will concede – graciously or otherwise – that all those irritating things she used to say to you when you were a kid were actually...

Who Are You to Write? (On Stroke Correction and Conviction)

These are excerpts from my diary in 2001, four years before my first novel The Dreamcloth was published. Some years ago, I decided it was time to learn how to swim properly. I mean, I'd had swimming lessons as a kid, but stopped as soon as there was no danger I'd...

Unrequited Love

The first time my heart was broken, my mother, who’d never read a single self-help book in her life, passed me a tissue, and informed me that no man in the universe was worth one of my tears. I was going to wallow, write tormented poetry and spend six months in my...

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