The Craftsman Course Took Me to the Next Level

I faced a writing crossroads and wanted to take my writing deeper. I had completed the Guild’s Apprentice and Journeyman courses and wanted more—but what?

When CWG announced its first Craftsman course, I signed up immediately.

I worked with my mentor for a year to brainstorm a novel, then started writing. By the end of the course, I had a proposal worth presenting to editors and agents.

My mentor’s encouraging critiques pushed me to improve. That advice still echoes in my mind.

Workshop your novel
Part way through the course came the Craftsman residency—several days of intense mentoring for the class under my mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins, James Scott Bell, C. McNair Wilson, and Chris Fabry.

That team examined the first few chapters of our novels under a microscope. Major flaws became obvious. Strengths were encouraged. New skills developed.

Community strengthens all
Besides learning from the instructors, we learned from each other. From our first uncertain moments, or perhaps because of them, came a bond of friendship and support the 10 of us still treasure.

Are you willing to invest the time, effort, and money the Craftsman course takes? You will get out of it all you put into it.

Don’t let fear keep you from pursuing your calling. If you asked my Craftsman class if the course was worth it, you would hear a chorus of “Yes!”

Danielle Grandinetti has loved reading and writing since grade school and enjoys writing teen fiction and reading mystery, adventure, and historical novels.

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  1. Jennifer E. Lindsay says

    Absolutely you will hear a “Yes!” from us. Signing up for the Craftsman course was by far the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’m so glad I got to share that adventure (and many others) with you!

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