An Exciting Opportunity to Join a Writing Community


Story Cartel

Hi, I just wanted to share with you the news that the Story Cartel Course launches again next week. So why am I so excited about this?

The Story Cartel course is awesome in that it helps you to connect with other writers. What makes this course different is you’re encouraged to share stories, and to interact with other students. I can vouch for this, as I did the course last time it became available. I’d signed up for online courses before, but this is the first one I’ve actually completed. The interaction is what kept me going.

I really didn’t know what to expect when I joined, but I soon found myself in the midst of a lively and enthusiastic community of writers. I got chatting to people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of writing experience. As I’m not naturally outgoing, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to participate. I found everyone on the course, including Joe Bunting, to be very approachable.

The feedback I received helped me to improve my storytelling. In turn, I read and responded to other student’s submissions. On the whole, comments were constructive, and I don’t recall any malicious activity. I discovered a really warm community spirit; a desire to help others to write the very best story they can.

The early stages of the course are all about getting to know other students, by sharing stories. There’s no traditional story prompts, such as ‘write a story about a sunsets’. There are set exercises, but they are worded in such a way as to allow you to respond however you like. You’re also not limited to a set number of attempts. Indeed, you can submit as many stories as you like, either new stories or revisions.

Later on in the course, you get to know more about platform building using social networking tools, publishing and book launches, and the benefits of book reviews in raising an author’s profile. There are also interviews with people who have experience of the publishing industry, and forums on which you can exchange opinions.

As a result of this course, I launched my blog. I also made connections, which have turned into lasting friendships. Best of all, I’m now an active member of a newly established writing group, Skywriters. We’re all ambitious writers living in different time zones, who meet up fortnightly on Skype to talk about our projects. I’ve learnt more from them than I thought possible, and my writing has improved no end.

Because of the Story Cartel Course, I have found my Cartel. In a way, that’s what this course is all about.

The official launch date is Wednesday 21 May. For more information, visit:

I’ll be joining. I hope to see you there!


About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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6 Responses to An Exciting Opportunity to Join a Writing Community

  1. Topaz says:

    I wasn’t part of the Story Cartel course that began Skywriters, but it sounds so lovely. I wish I could do it this year, but unfortunately I’m going to be on a plane for most of the time that the course is actually going on, so I wouldn’t be of much use in terms of contributing my writing. :/ Oh well – I hope you have a great time regardless, Katie! xx

    • The nice part about Sky Writers is that once you sign up you have lifetime access to the course. So if you can’t take it now, you can take it next time it comes around, or do the course on your own schedule. I was able to log in and access course materials and forums long after the course had technically “finished”.

  2. Katie Hamer says:

    Topaz, don’t worry, the course runs for 8 weeks, and usually opens for new members once a quarter! If you do decide to join another time, I reckon you would be an ideal candidate for a course scholarship. 🙂

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