Sound familiar? What about these:
- “I’m good at deadlines... when they’re externally imposed.”
- “I’ve considered hiring someone to nag me or joining a class, just so I have an external deadline.”
- “I've been sitting on piles of completed poems and a bunch of stories for... I was going to say years, but it's really been decades.”
Stop stalling and start writing with the Inside Track, an accountability group for writers led by Eliza Robertson.
Writing alone saps your motivation, makes you lose any sense of progress in your work, and makes you worry so much about not writing that you sometimes forget to write at all. While there’s no way around the loneliness of writing, we’ve found that a group of fellow travelers can ease the burden.
That’s why Literistic is now proud to offer the Inside Track, an accountability group for writers who want to stop missing deadlines and start writing. The Inside Track consists of three parts: a monthly seminar, a monthly discussion with a writing partner, and an optional monthly meeting with award-winning novelist Eliza Robertson.
Who is the Instructor?
Eliza Robertson's 2014 debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize, and selected as a New York Times editor's choice. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Demi-Gods, was published by Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury U.K. in 2017 and was a Globe & Mail and National Post book of the year. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Most recently she won the 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Originally from Vancouver Island, Eliza lives in Montreal.
Here’s what people are saying about Eliza’s Literistic course, "Literary Submissions 101:" “Eliza’s course gave me a lot more clarity. I feel like she is especially helpful for people who, though they love to read and write, are not necessarily connected to the literary world as an industry. The tone was perfect – that of a real person who wants to help.” — Grace Eyre. “Smart, informed, funny and full of resources to take the next step. Really appreciated.” — Christine Sang. “The course was perfect for new writers not familiar with the process and a good reminder to those who are.. Thanks.” — Connie Kallback.
Who is the inside track for?
It’s for writers who want a supportive environment, free from judgment and full of colleagues who want to help. If you’re the kind of writer who has a hard time staying focused and meeting your writing goals—because of a busy job, a demanding home life, or simply because you don’t have a lot of other writers in your life—the Inside Track is for you.
Who is the inside track not for?
If you don’t like being around or listening to other writers, this might not be the best fit for you. If you often find yourself asking questions at readings that aren’t really questions, but are instead long pointless anecdotes that you say anyway because you feel pride in your chest, you might want to sit this one out. Also, if you’re a single human brain floating in a jar, who believes in the myth of the Lone Genius Writer and who thinks that self-imposed exile from all influence is the only way you will ever write anything good, then the friendly, supportive environment of the Inside Track might not be very valuable to you.
What is the Inside Track and how does it work?
The Inside Track consists of three parts:
- The Seminar. Every month, we’ll get together for a 1 to 2 hour video seminar using Zoom. These guided discussions will focus on the struggles of building a regular, productive writing process. We’ll talk about what worked and what didn’t work over the course of the last month. We’ll discuss approaches to staying motivated and support each other on the long hard crawl toward becoming a better writer. We’ll also set deadlines and make commitments to meet them. And we’ll share knowledge—each seminar will conclude with a brief summary prepared by Eliza designed to get you on the right track.
- Peer Support. In addition to the seminars, every month we’ll pair you off with another writer from your group to talk over challenges one-on-one. These are mandatory to remain in good standing, and are an excellent way to meet other writers and get a glimpse into their writing process. To keep things fresh, we’ll assign you a new partner each month.
- Office Hours With A Professional. Finally, we encourage writers to meet with their instructor once a month to discuss a particular challenge they’ve run into that month. Eliza brings with her a wealth of knowledge on writing, teaching and submitting work to publications and is there to help you along the way.
You’ll also get access to a number of resources during the course. Including:
- A Private Slack Channel: You’ll gain access to a private online chat room where writers can share what they’ve learned and track their progress throughout the month.
- The Literistic Private Facebook Group: You’ll also get access to a small invite-only Facebook group where the Literistic community swaps notes on writing and submitting, discusses the publishing industry, and celebrates publishing credits.
- Free Literistic Longlist Subscription: You’ll also receive a free subscription to the Litersitic Longlist, a hyper-curated list of literary deadlines delivered every month and loved by writers everywhere.
How much does it cost and when does it start?
The Literistic Inside Track costs $540 for three months. A minimum three month commitment is required for all participants to ensure continuity, and a full refund is offered during the first month. The first seminar begins in the third week of August (a time will be arranged based on the preferences of participants).
We want everyone within the group to be a good fit for each other, so we’ll ask you to fill out a quick application before we can guarantee you placement in the program. We’ll be reading applications and gradually sending out acceptances over the coming weeks.
Seats will fill up fast. Applications take 10 minutes or less.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it matter what genre I write?
Literistic caters to writers in literary fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. We also welcome writers for the screen or stage. But if you’re a journalist, this might not be the best fit for you.
Will we be editing work? Can Eliza edit my work?
While we encourage participants to exchange work and provide each other with feedback, this is not an editing service. If a participant wants the instructor to read a small amount of material and provide feedback, that’s okay so long as the total time to read and discuss the material does not exceed half an hour. This is at the discretion of the instructor.
What if I want to attend but can’t afford it?
We’re open to discounted rates for individuals for whom the fee is prohibitively expensive. Just send us a note about your circumstances and we’ll be happy to work something out.