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“I don’t keep the deadlines that I set for myself as a writer.”

Sound familiar? What about these:

Stop stalling and start writing with the Inside Track: hand-picked accountability groups led by published professionals.

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 proud to offer the Inside Track, an accountability group for writers who want to stop missing deadlines and start writing.

Here's what people have been saying about it: “I’m really appreciating having people to be accountable to. I’ve gotten more done in the past two weeks than I had in the six months previously.” “I appreciate being encouraged to put my own writing first.” “I already feel like I've gotten a lot out of this program because it has made me feel like there's hope for keeping my project alive, and I've gotten some concrete ideas for how to proceed. Thanks!”

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. Maybe you have a book-length project you want to commit to finishing, or a daily or weekly writing goal you want to hit consistently. Either way, 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’d like an editing service, a workshop, or a class with homework and directed readings, the Inside Track is not 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, 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 other writers and 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.

How does the Inside Track work?

The Inside Track includes the following services:

How much does it cost?

The Inside Track is offered in two tiers: full and basic.

If you’re looking for one-on-one support and added resources to push your writing practice further, the full plan consists of twice-monthly remote group seminars, one-on-one office hours, weekly writing check-in, online members-only forum, and complimentary monthly Literistic Longlist subscription—all the services listed above. It costs $180 USD per month, nonrefundable.

If you’re looking for a lower time commitment but still want access to the benefits of community-building and regular contact with other committed writers, you can opt for the basic plan, which includes twice-monthly remote group seminars and access to our online members-only forum. It costs $100 USD per month, nonrefundable.

When can I start?

We accept new members to the Inside Track on a rolling basis; apply anytime. We want everyone within each group to be a good fit for each other, so we ask that you fill out an application and give us a couple business days for processing before we can confirm your reigstration in the program.

Apply for the Inside Track today
Applications take 10 minutes or less.

Who are the mentors?

Eliza Robertson's debut short story collection, Wallflowers (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), 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.

Specialties: Literary fiction, short fiction, novel-length fiction

Rachel Heng's debut novel, Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018) will be translated in ten languages worldwide and has been featured as a most anticipated summer read by ELLE, Gizmodo, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, Bustle, NYLON and The Irish Times. Rachel wrote Suicide Club while holding down a full-time job in finance, waking up at 6am to write 500 words each day before going to work. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer Train, Tin House, The Offing and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin, pursuing her MFA in fiction and screenwriting.

Specialties: Speculative fiction, novel-length fiction, short fiction, screenwriting

Frequently Asked Questions

Which mentor will I be placed with?

We’ll read your application and place you with a mentor that best suits your writing project and schedule availability.

Does it matter what genre I write?

The Inside Track caters to writers with book-length projects in 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 my mentor edit my work?

While we encourage participants to make connections with each other, exchange work and provide each other with feedback, this is not an editing service. If a participant wants the mentor 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 mentor.

Any questions? Shoot us an email at [email protected], or send us a message on Facebook.