Several New Events Planned to Promote On Being a Writer

Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig will be speaking at several local and national events over the coming months. Check out our Events page to see where we will be, and if you are in the area, plan to join us!

Kroeker and Craig speak at events in order to connect with writers on all aspects of the writing life. If you are planning an event, let us help you encourage writers to think about what it takes to develop a writing life that they can sustain for the longhaul!


Kroeker and Craig Will Present a Workshop at Jumping Tandem the Retreat

Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig will be offering an afternoon workshop at a PreSession of the 2015 Jumping Tandem Retreat. The workshop will be at 1:00-4:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center.

Are you . . .

  • Secretly writing a novel or memoir and wondering what to do when it’s done?
  • Struggling with writer’s block, feeling stuck and unproductive?
  • Needing confidence to take the next step in your writing life?
  • Penning poetry you wish you could share with the world?
  • Wondering how to live out a fruitful writing life day by day?

Dedicate a day to your writing life with Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig, authors, editors, and writing coaches. No matter where you are in your writing journey, this half-day workshop will provide inspiration, input, and solid, practical ideas. Throughout the afternoon, we will be discussing . . .

  • Identifying with the Writing Life
  • Priorities of the Writing Life
  • The Disciplines of the Writing Life
  • Engaging with Others in the Writing Life
  • What’s Next in the Writing Life

Invest in your work, your dream, your creative future.

Registration for this Pre-Retreat Workshop will be available to JTREAT newsletter subscribers beginning February 6, 2015. We’ll open registration to everyone else on February 16, 2015.  While priority will be given to retreat attendees, the workshop will be open to those not attending the retreat, so feel free to spread the word!

Registration is $60 per person and includes a copy of the book co-authored by Ann and Charity, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts.

Jumping Tandem: The Retreat

PLEASE NOTE: Ann Kroeker will be leading the workshop live at the Jumping Tandem Retreat. Charity Singleton Craig will be joining the workshop remotely via live video feed.

On Being a Writer Offered as Online Workshop

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Are you waiting for your writing life to begin? Have you wondered when you’ll discover the magic formula for getting inspired, improving your skills, getting published, and being part of a real writing community?

The On Being a Writer workshop is for you.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever it is you are doing, you can begin now.

Basic Approach

Read, think, journal and do exercises, discuss, play (maybe at a museum!), try, partner. A mix of off-line (personal) and online (classroom) opportunities. Four live video chats included.

8-Week Course Includes

• Learn how to identify yourself as a writer (includes how to take yourself seriously and forget about what the neighbors might think)
• Pinpoint your current successes and growth opportunities
• Successfully arrange your priorities for writing
• Surround yourself with inspiration—books, places, people and more
• Do the work: observe, find ideas, organize, query publications with finished pieces
• Explore the effects of writing: self-discovery, living in place, engaging with other writers, promoting your work

12-Week Course Also Includes

• Submit a writing sample (up to one page) to be edited by a professional editor
• Learn how to successfully create a balanced writing life—from professional editors with long-term writing careers
• Explore the costs of living the writing life
• Receive an attentive consultation for planning and taking the next steps in your writing life

For You

Private online group settings and most class materials, including free digital copies of T.S. Poetry’s On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts and Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, are included in the price. Please buy (or borrow) a copy of Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird before the class begins on March 2.

“One of the best investments I’ve ever made. And it’s happening again with the awesome duo of Kroeker and Craig.”

– Sandra Heska King

For more information or register, visit Tweetspeak Poetry online today.

Video Introductions to Each Chapter of On Being a Writer – Especially for Groups!

Because On Being a Writer started out as a workshop, Ann and Charity hope that many people will read the book together with other writers, maybe in a workshop or a writing group.

As a way to help groups prepare for discussing this book, we have filmed 13 short (2-3 minutes) video introductions (one for each chapter, including an introduction to the introduction). While these videos can be viewed by anyone, we hope groups particularly will take advantage of the additional material.

As you watch the videos, let us know what you think by connecting with us over on our Facebook page! Also, if you are planning to read On Being a Writer with your group, let us know by using the links at the bottom of our Media Kit page. We have a few more surprises up our sleeves just for groups!

Headed to Round Rock for the On Being a Writer Workshop

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Austin-area writers looking for an opportunity to establish or expand their professional writing lives can still register for a one-day workshop, “On Being a Writer,” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., this Saturday, November 15, at Hope Bible Fellowship in Round Rock, Texas.

Professional authors, editors and speakers Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig will lead the workshop. Kroeker and Craig both work for the online publications The High Calling and Tweetspeak Poetry and co-authored the T.S. Poetry Press book On Being a Writer.

“As editors, Charity and I work with writers who represent a wide range of experience, coaching them to turn out their best possible work,” Kroeker says. “I’m also a writing coach, so every day I’m helping clients take their writing to the next level. This workshop is going to be packed with the same kind of ideas and content we share with people in our book and in our own writing, editing and coaching lives.”

Craig describes the event as an affordable way to get valuable input and points out that this event features not just one but two professionals, which means attendees will get six hours of coaching content drawing from experience that the two writers have gained over the past 20+ years.

We know what it’s like to crave input but have little in the way of resources,” Craig says. “We’ve been there. And now that we’re further down the road and have gained insider understanding of the publishing industry, this workshop is a way for us to share some of that knowledge.”

The cost for the workshop is $50, which includes all sessions and lunch catered by Bee’s Knees Bakeshop. 

A Book Launch Surprise


It’s not often a publisher sends a book out into the world without even telling the authors . . . unless T.S. Poetry Press is your publisher! In a surprising turn of events, On Being a Writer is now available on Amazon, and yours truly were among the last to know! When news broke, the party erupted on Facebook, and friends for all over the world began showing up to congratulate us.

Ready to take your writing life to the next level? Order your paperback copy of On Being a Writer: 12 Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts from Amazon today. Kindle and Nook formats will be available sometime in November. We will update our Ordering Information page as more retailers make the book available.

Now, let the celebration continue!


Book Release

KC-On Being a Writer- Front Cover jpeg On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts, by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig, will be available December 2014 (T. S. Poetry Press)

On Being a Writer explores the question: is your writing life all it can be? Let this book act as your personal writing coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two. Gain insights through helpful stories from the authors’ established writing careers. Explore twelve simple (but vital) habits—through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions—that will help you build a more sustainable and satisfying writing life.

This book is a winner. —Phil Gulley, author of Front Porch Tales