Tell A Story Only You Can Tell. But Don't Do It Alone.

We’re thrilled to announce our HerStories Writers membership…. for women in the messy middle of life who write.

Does this sound like you?

(These are quotes from writers before they took one of our workshops.)

“I feel uninspired and that what I have to say isn’t much different than what so many other people are writing about now.”

“I struggle with focus. Focus focus focus. I have none. I am feeling like anything I write is noise, and we don’t need more noise, so I’m struggling to find purpose, too.”

“I don’t have have a scheduled time to write, a routine. My struggles are doing it. Sitting down and doing it….and keeping a daily writing habit.”

“I struggle with motivation. I’m very blah with the dumpster fire that the world is right now.”

You're not alone

We're all feeling this way.

We hear you. And we understand.

When we talk to our community, the same challenges come up again and again: lack of focus, too many distractions, so much anxiety, no motivation, lack of accountability.

None of this — our new reality — is normal. Not for us, as midlife women, already in the “messy middle” of our lives. Not for our friends, families, and communities. We’re all kind of making it up as we go along.

There’s no playbook for what’s going on in our lives right now.

That’s why it makes sense that we need new support systems and new ways of motivating ourselves and of taking our writing to the next level. 

A New membership community

What if you didn't have to write alone?

Our membership will guide you and your writing peers through a structured program to help you meet your writing goals, whether those goals are to publish an essay or a memoir or to take the very first steps on your writing journey.

Your writing life before the membership:

Your writing life after joining the membership:

Here's what you'll get:

Writing workshops

Choose one of three four-week writing workshops: Freewriting, Personal Essay Writing, or Revise and Publish. 

Lessons and exercises

Get daily lessons, prompts, and exercises as part of your writing workshop.

Private community

Interact and post writing in a private forum for each workshop. Participate in our private social network just for HerStories Writers.

Feedback

Get daily encouragement and individualized feedback on your writing.. 

Zoom calls

Find support in weekly coaching and discussion calls for each workshop. 

Accountability

Get help in making and meeting your writing goals. Join an accountability group or get matched with an accountability partner.

The HerStories Writing Membership

Per month

$99

Three months of access

$259

“The HerStories #iamwriting workshop got me to write after a long period of procrastination, but more importantly, it impelled me to re-engage the whole practice of writing. I was inspired to sit down and think about my writing, what I want to write, what I need to write, and how I should go about it. It gave me the gentle push I was looking for. Stephanie and Jessica honour every woman’s personal pathway to discovering what works for her. Even in normal times, it’s a rare opportunity for a writer to meet with others to share ups and downs of the writing process. I look forward to continuing and to exploring my writing voice while hearing and reading others.’”

“This workshop gave me the structure and companionship to step back into writing and to value what I write. It also gave me the opportunity to enjoy many other pieces of writing from women similar to me. It was a marvellous adventure with fellow travellers, where writing has otherwise felt too solitary in this physically-distanced time, and I am so grateful.”

“This workshop gave me a purpose and a direction I desperately needed in order to return to my writing. I had blamed the pandemic and my overwhelming feelings for not writing in the last year. Turns out, I wasn’t writing because I did not know where I wanted my writing to go…..I found the course to be manageable and fluid enough that I could get it in within my crazy, hectic schedule. I found Stephanie and Jessica to be, once again, knowledgeable, encouraging, and genuine. Loved this.”

Here’s what happens when you sign up

Enroll in the Membership

Once you enroll in the membership, you’ll be asked to choose one of our three four-week workshops. 

Receive an email with all the details

You’ll receive more information about how to complete your profile and use the private social network, including its private groups and workshops.

Get access to your workshop on April 1

Lessons and exercises will begin on April 1st. You’ll be able to access the private community before then however.

Meet the co-founders

We're Jessica and Stephanie.

Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger are the co-founders and co-editors of the HerStories Project, a publishing and writing community for midlife women.

We met online as “blogging friends” and then founded the HerStories Project in 2014. We’ve published four essay collections, edit our HerStories Project website, and have taught writing to hundreds of female writers over the past six years.

It’s been our joy to work with midlife writers just like you. Our lives of juggling family and jobs and writing are much like yours. We know what it’s like, as midlife women, to want to carve out space in our lives for just ourselves. We hope that you can join us in our HerStories community!

April Workshops

New four-week workshops added each month. Each workshop includes several lessons each week, exercises, feedback on assignments, and discussion in a private forum for that workshop.

First Draft

Write a first draft of a personal essay or memoir chapter through a four-week sequence of interactive lessons and assignments. 

Freewriting

Begin or recharge your writing practice with four weeks of writing prompts and lessons. Get feedback on your writing to the private group.

Revise and Publish

Bring a draft of a personal essay or memoir chapter to this workshop, and you’ll get personalized feedback from other members and your instructors. Decide on the next steps for your revised draft.

Coming in May: Do You Have a Book in You? Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Zoom meetings will be held on Thursdays (for personal essay writers) and Fridays (for everyone) at 1 p.m. No problem at all if you can’t make them! The weekly meetings will be a mix of question and answer, discussion of lesson topics, and informal discussion. They will be recorded to watch after. You can also submit a question about the lessons or your own writing in advance for us to answer in the call. 

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THIS. It is impossible for you to “get behind.” The lessons will be delivered each weekday, but do not worry if you miss a day here or there. Or even lots of them. In real life, it is impossible to expect perfection. We understand this. turpis, et auctor augue iaculis vel. Sed eu consectetur elit. Suspendisse lacus ex, fermentum a dapibus at, ultrices sit amet lorem. Mauris eu enim hendrerit, vulputate dui nec, bibendum mi. Sed blandit ipsum vitae ante efficitur aliquam.

The membership is open for enrollment during the end of each month. New workshops start on the first of each month.

You can cancel anytime. If you decide to cancel in the first 7 days of the month, contact us and we’ll refund you for that month.

When you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to the main community dashboard inside our platform. Inside that dashboard, you’ll see instructions  about what you need to do and what happens next. The lessons and exercises will begin to be delivered on April 1st. 

Join Us

Monthly payment of

$99

Three months

$259

Don’t see your question in the FAQ’s?

You can email us directly at jessica@herstoriesproject.com to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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