My career began in Los Angeles, where I played professional beach volleyball. Then I went to graduate school for English. During that time I learned HTML, which allowed me to get a job at Ingram Micro, a Fortune 100 company, managing their website.  I wrote a column for Business 2.0 magazine about my experiences as a startup founder. I relocated to New York City and after only a few months at the next startup, I found myself a block from the World Trade Center when it fell.

I decided to be a full-time writer so I did not have to leave my apartment. And I focused on giving career advice instead of writing about myself.

Since making the switch, my writing has been syndicated in more than 200 newspapers, I published a best-selling business book and taught writing at Brown, Boston University, and the University of Paris. 

Four years ago, I started coaching people who wanted to be professional writers, but didn’t know where to start. My students have gone on to have great success. One person has seen her blog traffic increase 20% every month for two years, two people got book deals for nonfiction books and another person—who had never written anything before I worked with her—published a book of short essays that I keep on my nightstand. It reminds me what a joy it is to work with writers.

10+ Years Expertise

3,000 Students Served

1 Year-Long Course

JOIN A YEAR-LONG COURSE WITH PENELOPE TRUNK!

Do you wish you had more self-discipline to write?⁣

The good news is there’s not a special “writer’s gene” that you’re missing.⁣ Even the best writers suffer from a sense of self-doubt, lack of time, and fear of failure. But we have a compendium of research about what tactics help people most to write regularly and write well. And if you’ve been frustrated because you know you have something to say, but you haven’t been able to write it, then these techniques could make a big difference in your life.⁣

I taught these skills to students at Harvard, Brown, University of Paris, and Boston University. And now I’m offering a similar course to you — to give you guidance and self-discipline to be the writer you’ve always wanted to be.
This course is customized for each participant to ensure everyone reaches their individual goals. We designed this year-long program so that you can work at your own pace, so you can move as quickly or slowly as you would like.

You should take this course if…

You have a story to tell, but can’t find time to write. 

You write everyday, but don’t know what you can do with your work. 

You dream of publishing a book, but aren’t sure how to make it happen. 

You run a blog, and want to take your writing to the next level.

Unlimited Editing for an Entire Year

When I started writing, it was sporadic. I didn’t like that I didn’t know if what I was writing was good or bad. I thought it might be good. But I didn’t trust myself. I wanted outside affirmation. I turned a corner when I realized that receiving consistent feedback from a seasoned writer made my own writing better and better each week. Everyone who registers for this course gets unlimited editing for one year. You can send writing at anytime, and get direct feedback on what you can do to make your writing better.

One-on-One Coaching to Find Your Best Format

I ended up teaching writing at Harvard, Brown, and the University of Paris. Based on the curriculum I developed, I can help you discover the format of writing that is most true to you: fiction, nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, essay, memoir, op-ed. You might be surprised to discover that you’re naturally talented in a format you haven’t tried. Finding your best format will lead to you finding your hidden ability to write regularly about what matters to you. We will have a mini coaching session prior to the class beginning to figure out your best format, and to set goals for your writing.

52 Recorded Video lessons That You Can Access Anytime

I spent the past year teaching weekly writing classes where I shared all of my best advice for writers. These sessions are packed with new ways to think about your writing, insights on building your writing career and everything you need to know about getting published. You will get access to all 52 video lessons that you can watch anytime.

Weekly Live Classes and Group Critique Sessions 

Connecting with other writers that you can learn from is the fastest way to improve your writing. We will host live classes twice weekly that will help you connect with other writers, learn new techniques and receive feedback on your own work. We’ll have an ongoing relationship the whole year via email and phone. Our live classes will include group workshops where you will give and receive feedback on your writing, groups where we read short stories and talk about how they relate to your writing and technical classes where I talk about random topics and how it relates to my experience of learning how to write.

The Chance to be Published! 

Once you’re writing on a regular basis, I’ll make sure your writing adds up to something. I’m very goal-oriented, and I didn’t feel like a real writer until I had a goal for my writing.  Additionally, based on the success of this course, I have been able to secure a book deal for 2020. This means, at the end of 2020, the top stories from this course will be published in an anthology. And there’s nothing like the promise of publication to motivate a writer.

TOPICS COVERED

The discipline of a writer

The magic of storytelling

What makes what you write interesting?

How to find your story

How to write about difficult topics

Bravery is essential to good writing

What constitutes a good plot?

The shape of a well-crafted short story

Why do people write?

On finding your voice

How to edit a short story

When is it okay to call yourself a writer?

Innovate by breaking the rules

Writing better by adding details

How I write a blog post

Why are you writing?

How to get published

Opening paragraphs make your writing

Dialogue as a powerful writing device

Conflict: cornerstone of good writing

How to write a political op-ed

Business ideas for people who write

Open up with experimental writing

Writing lessons from children’s books

The complete year-long course is $1,550 or $200 a month for twelve months.