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).

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.

My Triumvirate: Meditation, Mantra and Memoir

I’m in the early stages of writing my memoir. At this point, I’m hunting, gathering, pulling things out and looking to see if and how they fit. I’m reliving scenes, moments, memories. Some are painful. Some are lighthearted. I smile as I write about the lighthearted...

Getting Lost in Our Own Bullsh*t – the Excuses We Use to Not Write

Honestly I’ve heard them all. Hell, I’ve used them all. I’ve had ten books published, have six or seven partially-written manuscripts saved in three different computers and dozens of journals, have mentored hundreds of writers, and even published a few through Joanne...

People with Passion Interview with Tanya Savva

'I love this part the best,' I said to my husband this morning. I had just finished nominating Tanya Savva's new book, The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo for the NSW Premier Literary Awards. There's something deeply happy-making about helping other people reach their...

Creating a Vision for Writing

Close your eyes to see. When my heart beckons me to write I find a quiet place to meditate and I ask my heart, “What do you want me to say?” This simple act of sitting in silence with my eyes closed allows me to hear the stories living inside my body. I tune into the...

What One Special Mother Did to Bring the World Alive for Her Blind Daughter

What sort of people do we want to be? What sort of people do we want to raise? The answer to both these questions came to me when Tanya Savva approached me with her children’s book, The Adventures of Kenzie-Moo. I created Little Wings Books, the children’s book...

How to Make Readers Part of Your Success When You Launch Your Book

How to Get Your Readers to Become Part of Your Success as You Launch Your Book   The purpose of launching you book is to get people to buy your book after all your hard work. To do this properly, you need to understand why people buy books. People buy books either...

The Long View of Creativity

How long is my vision? Does it have a depth that can rival oceans? Has it curiosity akin to a child’s? Will its manifestation mean something even if I never get to see those results? These are questions I ask as I embark on a new writing project. Queries exploring the...

Grabbing the Reins of Creativity

I remember as a kid thinking creativity was this wild, carefree, easy-going emotion that you just got into, rather like finger-painting. But as I have started using the innovative side of my brain as an adult, I realise what a fragile, ethereal thing creativity really...

How to Love Time with Every Passing Birthday

We’re all just walking each other home. – Ram Dass   It's funny how much we fret about nonsense in the light of Ram Dass's insight, isn't it? How different would we behave if we lived each day with that as our premise? So when the 31st August comes around, I don't...

Right Turn

'Right Turn' From the book The Turning I chose bona fides and other Latin terms you find in law books for it was easier, they claimed to fall back on precedent and stare decisis than a line Tennyson wrote that’s etched in your soul. I turned left at logic not right at...

What Your Reader Doesn’t Want to See

I’m a novice writer. But I’m an experienced reader, as most writers (novice or not) tend to be. As I sink my teeth into yet another book, I find myself frustrated with the writing, but intrigued by the content. The author had a clear vision of what the story meant to...

Vision Quest

When I was two, I almost went blind in my right eye. A close friend of my mother`s had noticed that my left eye was not tracking properly. It was turning out so that it appeared misaligned, and so a trip to the eye doctor`s was quickly arranged. I was examined and...

A Loaf of Bread

‘I’ll have the one with the sesame seeds,’ I say pointing to the shelves of loaves, lined up like newborns in a maternity ward. The shop is cozy, a cubby-house of crispy sourdough, dark rye and milky coffee. Amir takes a sheet of translucent tissue paper and picks up...

Can I Show You How to Begin?

Can I show you how to begin? Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go...

Zoom In

Holy shit. I need glasses. Like clockwork, the switch for my blurry vision gene was flicked on the day I turned forty. I’m not sure why I was surprised. I’m the one who, for decades, was prepared for my period every fourth Tuesday at ten o’clock. Some women know the...

Books Are Like Besties

I equate the experience of reading a good book to sitting alongside my bestie and listening to her share a story in a raw and relatable way. I’m there in the story with her, her words evoking a variety of uncontained visceral responses. I’ve been known to snort, laugh...

How to Write a Book Part 1: A Focus on Conviction

How to Write a Book Part 1: A Focus on Conviction I have a friend whose ex-husband drove an Uber for a while. As soon as there was a surge, he’d drop everything, and jump into his car to take advantage of the higher fee. It caused chaos in their family life. She...

We Gather Stars in the Dark

My whole life changed when, at the age of 27, I was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer.  At a time when my husband and I should have been focusing on our future, we filled our days with managing the side effects of my chemotherapy. Instead of starting a family we...

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