Fiction coach, Kara Swanson, and I are bestselling and award-winning authors with a proven track record of helping young people move towards their writing goals faster and easier.
We understand the unique challenges facing young writers and have first-hand experience navigating the complex world of writing and publishing as young people.
We are committed to providing the best writing mentorship you'll find anywhere — all from a distinctly Christian worldview that won't ever compromise your convictions.
"Brett and Kara have given me lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently."
Before I joined the Young Writer Author program I was actively pursuing my writing dreams but I didn’t have a lot of clarity about how to do that effectively. It would be similar to taking a road trip without a GPS or map. I knew what I was shooting for but I didn’t know how to get there. During my time in the Young Writer Author program, Brett and Kara have given me a lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently.
"When Brett and Kara swept in with YWW Author, it allowed me to finally get the help I needed to make a clear path, not just for the future but for the next steps and the next after that!"
Before I joined YWW Author, I was doing everything at once, and I wasn't at all sure how to create effective goals and make them happen what with all the conflicting and overabundant advice I was receiving from many channels. I just didn't know where I was going! When Brett and Kara swept in with YWW Author, it allowed me to finally get the help I needed to make a clear path, not just for the future but for the next steps and the next after that!
"Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on."
Before I joined YWW Author, I didn’t have a clear plan. I wasn’t confident about my direction and questioned where my focus should be. Brett and Kara changed that. Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on. I’ve received personal feedback and guidance and have reached major milestones in my writing. YWW Author is a worthwhile investment for those seriously pursuing writing as a career.
"I've launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella."
Before I joined YWW Author, I was standing at a metaphorical fork in the road, not certain which route to take with my publishing goals and feeling frustrated because of that. Now, I feel motivated once again, I have a clear path with each of my goals, and I am seeing significant rewards in my writing journey. Based on the assistance and ideas I've received in this program, I have launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel and restructured it accordingly, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella. Brett and Kara's guidance has been instrumental to me, and the support of the other students is so encouraging.
"I now have a marketing schedule I know how to follow, guidance for the next steps, and ongoing support as I continue my writing journey."
I didn't have a clue how to market a book before I joined YWW Author. I knew how to write a book and the basics of platform building, but when it came to the world of publishing and marketing, I didn't know where to begin. After joining YWW Author, Brett and Kara came alongside me and helped me untangle the mysteries of publishing, giving me the confidence to move forward. They are experts at equipping and encouraging young writers at every stage of their journey and go above and beyond to serve, teach, and pray for each of their students. I'm beyond blessed to know them -- not simply as instructors, but also as cheerleaders and friends.
"I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel."
Before I joined YWW Author, I had no idea what my writing process was. I didn't know what the next step for me should be after coming up with a story idea, or even how I came up with story ideas. But now, I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel. I also didn't know what an email list was or why I would ever need one. Now, I have sent out three emails to my email list and have almost 100 subscribers. The YWW Author program has grown and stretched me in so many amazing ways, I can hardly wait to see what the next few months bring.
"I’m a different writer because of the feedback YWW Author provided."
Brett carefully read my work and took time and thought to expose weaknesses I’d never seen. He asked thought-provoking questions and piloted me on a better path — one not ultimately focused on being published, but on writing clearly and accurately as a Christian. His critique led me to make changes in my blogging, my platforming, and my life. I’m a different writer because of the feedback YWW Author provided. I would urge any friend who’s serious about his writing, ready to be stretched, and searching for likeminded young people, to join me in YWW Author.
"My very first call with Brett and Kara got me more excited about writing than I’d been in months."
Before I joined YWW Author, I wanted to move forward with writing but felt overwhelmed. Every author, website, or article I read had advice for writing better or getting published faster, but I had so many questions specific to my situation that no one could answer. At first, I was worried that YWW Author would just add to my discouraging to-do list. But my very first call with Brett and Kara got me more excited about writing than I’d been in months. They haven’t given me a new to-do list, but a new perspective. They haven’t given me nit-picky editing advice, but foundational principles to help me build a strong story from the ground up. They haven’t promised shortcuts to publication, they’ve worked with me towards a whole, healthy writing life. Brett and Kara’s interaction with and care about me as a person have blown me away, and my fellow students are already my good friends.
"In the two months I have spent under Brett and Kara’s coaching, I feel my path towards a sustainable fiction career has been fast-tracked tenfold."
Brett and Kara are some of the wisest and most encouraging people I’ve met in the creative writing industry. They have an extraordinary, refreshing perspective on what it means to be an author in today’s age, and help set us up with the foundations of why we write and how to work towards a career that will enable us to stick to our individual goals without becoming burnt out and exhausted. They have been such a huge encouragement in my life, and I find myself every week growing more mature and confident as a storyteller and as a person under their coaching.
"Working with Brett Harris is nothing less than a gift, and I can't recommend him highly enough."
Brett is a master at equipping young writers with the skills they need to meet and exceed their writing goals. With a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the writing process — from brainstorming an idea, all the way to creating a marketing plan and handling media interviews — Brett's coaching will give young writers the confidence to jumpstart their writing journey and see their projects through to completion. I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Brett, and always come away from a mentoring session enlightened and encouraged.
"Brett saw value in the story I had to tell, and made a dream I never thought possible a reality."
The book publishing world was something I knew nothing about. It seemed like a foreign and almost impossible place to be part of. However, Brett did an amazing job stepping in and helping me better understand what it would take to be published. Being a successful author himself, and at a young age, he had many connections with publishing companies and knew what it would be like for a young author to go through the whole process. He becomes very passionate about the same cause as those he helps, which allows you both to have a much deeper connection. He isn’t just someone you work with, he will become a mentor and a friend.
"Getting this kind of personal, specific coaching from someone who’s done exactly what you want to do is invaluable."
Before working with Brett, I knew almost nothing about how to publish a book. I was a consistent and serious writer, but I lacked the knowledge of what I needed to do in what order and when to move on to the next step. Brett provided every missing piece, equipping me with the knowledge, tools, and resources I needed – going above and beyond what I ever expected! He answered every question I had, kept me motivated, gave me concrete action steps that resulted in massive progress, and was my biggest cheerleader along the way. Honestly, my book would not exist today if it weren’t for Brett Harris.