I’m no writer but had a story I needed to tell. If you have a book “inside” you and you have determination then catch a ride. Sarah's wealth of knowledge on the craft of writing, the industry, and process and the motivation around it all was priceless.
Costa Carastavrakis - I am Costa, From Meths to Marathons 2019
Tired of putting “write a book” on your to-do list? Need someone to kickstart you into finally writing it and guide you through the entire process, step by step? Sarah Bullen is a writing coach and literary agent. She works with writers who want to share their story on a global platform, and those who just have a story to tell.
STARTING YOUR BOOK?
I run a six month personal mentorship to finally get your book written. I have a method and process to get your book from zero to finished over this time. I like books to be commercially publishable - and over 200 published authors will show you that it works. I take max 10 authors on a mentorship at one time. At the end of our process, and if you really commit to it, you will have a final book ready to publish.
LEVEL 2: WANT TO GET A BOOK DEAL?
This is the more advanced mentorship for authors with a first draft or a working book already written. We take your book from rough to polished over an intense 10-week one-on-one mentorship.
JOIN A RETREAT
I run writing retreats in Greece during the summer, South Africa and Italy. Here is a list of upcoming ones.
CREATIVE WRITING + WRITING GROUPS
I have a series of courses or writing classes where you can connect, write, learn and share. These will be listed on the calendar page here
You may want to join in a writing circle every Wednesday for a four hour writing session we hold every week.
The demands and trends in contemporary publishing mean authors need to be aware of reader requirements. We write a book for many reasons; to share a journey, to entertain, to build a brand or to highlight a cause. I like to make sure your book is the best version it can be. For me, that means well-structured, edgy and authentic."
Now, I like to work personally with fewer authors over a longer time, and to work with authors who want to build a powerful brand and take their stories to a bigger audience." - Sarah Bullen
Write Your Book in 100 Days Book
HOW TO BUY A BOOK
For SA use this online shop to buy your book. The cost of R340 includes courier to your door South Africa (only) Or order from Red Pepper for a couriered book.
For Amazon e-book (on KINDLE)
For Amazon Paperback (paperback version delivered to you)
Tired of putting “write a book” on your to-do list? Need someone to kick-start you into finally writing it and guide you through the entire process, step by step? Then this BOOK is for you.
This is for writers of non-fiction or biography/memoir (not novels). If you are writing a novel this is for you rather.
Whether you’re a rookie or experienced writer, a storyteller, influencer, company leader, speaker, expert with insight to share or just someone who loves putting words on paper, Write Your Book in 100 Days is going to show you how to write your story, so others want to read it.
This is a workbook and a journey into the heart of your story and what makes your book the best it can be. Its practical step-by-step process includes both technical writing tasks alongside heart ‘n soul exercises. All draw on years of the authors’ experience of walking writers down the path from dream to draft to publication. Expect easy to follow, practical tips and guidance with actual examples to show you exactly how.
SOME OF OUR REVIEWS
“Sarah and Kate’s expert guidance, support, encouragement and teaching made the birthing of my 438 page book possible. What started out feeling daunting and overwhelming became an exciting, healing journey culminating in a best seller that was written and published within a year. I highly recommend this powerful team.” Gabi Lowe author of Get Me To 21
Have you been thinking about writing a book but don't know how or where to start? This guide is written by two successful authors and is THE definitive guide to getting your words down onto paper. I have written 100,000 words in the past few months because of these two and their wise words and no-nonsense attitude. Start making your dreams a reality and buy this book. Ani Naqvi, author The Wave that Changed Life
I got Sarah and Kate's book in early May. I have felt like I have a story to tell but never knew where to start. This book is designed to do exactly what the title says... Just WRITE YOUR BOOK. It is not the smartest person or the best writer that gets books published, it is the one who sits down, makes a plan and WRITES that reaches that goal. I highly recommend the book to everyone who thinks they have a book in them. Just be ready to go to work!
Enjoy the journey. Lisa C
Storytellers ought not to be too tame.They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise. If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys.
Sarah's expertise and heartfelt care are a rare find. I highly recommend her services as a writing coach and literary agent and am very grateful to have found her.
WHAT'S COMING UP?
April 2021 Blast your Book Group
This is madcap creative PUSH to get your book to the NEXT LEVEL!
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You will commit to a 30 days programme to put some love and attention back into your dream having a book.
You could use this month to:
- Tackle and finish any writing project in your heart
- Push your book the the end.
- Do an entire rewrite
- Write your second draft to make it the best version possible
- Finish your book proposal and pitch deck
- Send your book out to publishers
- Build your author brand collateral
- Take the plunge and self publish
- Commit to blog content
It may have been years ago when you started your writing journey on a course, or it may that you are at the start.
We know how hard it is to keep walking down this path as a writer. We are going to make sure you do. This is the next level. This is our very best way to support and nudge you along the path to follow your dream to become a published author. Or perhaps you want to finally have that book to give to your family.
You know in your heart what you need to do, but sometimes it is not that easy to put LIFE aside and do it. We consistently find that what writers need most is to be held accountable. For someone to set a deadline, watch that you actively work towards it and hold you to your promise.
That is what we do best - we are both strict, coupled with oodles of love. Join us on this ONE MONTH commitment to your writing.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- We start kick off on the first day with a live call to set you up with your writing goal
- You set a clear, specific and measurable weekly goals
- You will join a Whatsapp group of fellow writers on this journey
- You get tasks, video or audio lessons every day via Whatsapp
- We expect an update on your progress every Monday and Friday
- We have set writing times you can join online in 4 hour writing slots
- We will challenge you to give up some stuff (heads up, social media detox alert)
- We have live Q&A call in week 3 to ask experts your writing questions
- A close-out call where we check your goals.
WHAT WRITERS SAY
This was the most incredible experience. I started my book a while ago and completed the most awful first draft when my kids left to go to University and boarding school. They came home during lockdown so there went my writing. I grabbed your challenge with gusto and undertook to complete my second draft with major editing by the end of the course. Jenny McGregor
The power of crazy deadlines makes me crazy and ecstatic simultaneously! Book already being read around the world – Kate
This month has given me the gift of being on a fast creative train and I am in love with life! Gulistan Dhyan
I have mapped out 40 scenes and written 25,000 words of a new novel this month, so I’m still happy with where I’ve gotten to. I’ve found myself hitting a groove of writing every day Drew Schapper
I loved the ZOOM bumtime sessions, I am grateful for this group process which helped me to focus, commit, write and affirm that I know enough to do this. Deep gratitude for your daily support, prompts, deadlines, candid self-reveals, humour, anecdotes, quips and quotes, and constant encouragement. Linda Glass
This 30 days was the most incredible anchor. I had fallen out of the writing zone with my second book and this kept me going. The daily lessons, audio, quote and notes just pushed me and pushed me. It was unstoppable," Catherine Glennie, No More Push Push
It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done." author
I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny .
The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Como, Italy.
"I have been trying to get this baby out for a decade. I set a word count with the help of Kate and Sarah, I met it. The focus and discipline I found with the lessons and prompts below my mind," Geri McMahon, Ireland.
"It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
"My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done." writer
"I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
"This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
"The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
"I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny.
"The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Italy.
The accountability of the group clicked in & held me, in a vice grip, to keep writing irrespective. And Kate and Sarah's informative and motivational tit bits on the way. brilliant. it worked! I finished my rewrite on Sunday. Catherine Glennie
Crossing the Threshold: A 12 Week Creative Writing Journey into Story
Starts Monday 26 April 2021
ONLINE COURSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no refunds for online purchases.
Please read the full course description here
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
When were you last enchanted by a story? When last did you allow the words to flow? Can you allow silence into your life, and allow creativity to rise into that void?
This is a 12-week creative writing journey with writing mentor and author Sarah Bullen, and a call to write. But it is also a call to dive deeper as we will follow a pilgrim’s descent through exploration and writing.
Over the course of the 12 weeks we will follow the ‘path of the hero’. We will find the key elements that make writing powerful, and unite stories across time. We will track the path a hero must walk, and into Magic, Adventure, Conflict, Struggle Descent and Resurrection.
Each module, and week, will set up a new lesson in the craft of writing – in scene structure, plotting, story build and pace. Then the week will develop that in your writing as you take this into your own project.
Over the 12 weeks you can use the structure to write up to 40,000 words if you are working on a book.
WHO CAN JOIN THIS?
Writers of any genre are welcomed. Any levels of experience can join. You may want to use this process to work on your current book and intensify the journey and language. You may want to start a book, or write your personal story. You may want to write poetry, songs, essays, short stories or blogs. You may want it to develop and deepen character or plotting.
This (unlike many of my courses), does not have a fixed outcome in mind. You don’t have to end up with a book. I do love to push writers, but it is a delight of writing that will bring you here. But of course, it will also give you the technical tools, prompts and pushes to make sure you actually write.
HOW DOES IT RUN
We will all start together and work as a community across the 12 weeks. Each writer, of course, will do their own work. But The Writing Room is also a community of authors, writers and poets. We use a community platform that will function as our writing group, and your place to connect, get support and advice, share and get feedback on your writing throughout the journey.
HOW IT WORKS
Three days each week you receive an email with a link to the day's content. The materials are in written, video, and audio format which you can view and listen to at any time. Every second Monday we will have a live call,
Each week operates with a theme to explore, which you will receive on the Monday lesson.
On Monday evenings at 3pm UTC/GMT (every fortnight) there will be a 45 min live call with Sarah Bullen with a lesson and tasks for the week. Please see below for session times as depending on your location they may change for two of the weeks. All sessions are recorded.
- On Wednesday there will be Writing Tasks and Reflections taking you into a week of writing.
- On Sunday you will submit or share your piece of writing – or a portion of it – with the other writers for feedback or comment.
Culturally we do not allow enough space or value to darkness – the night’s deeps, winter solstice, dreaming in a cave, Yin energy, the formless, infinite, indefinable, unknowing realms of unconsciousness and shadow. Yet this is where creativity and energy and aliveness are born.
ONLINE COURSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no refunds for online purchases.
Just some of my published authors
Writing a book is a long and magical journey. It takes time, hours of work and a good writing strategy. It takes a deep calling to share a story. We can start at any point in the writing process. Most often I work with an author for 6-12 months to get a book from IDEA to publication. Some books take longer. Some take less time. The way I work is initially over 6 months.