School for Writers is a women-run and queer-owned business focused on helping aspiring authors write, edit, and publish their books.
We believe in the power of stories.
Stories can start wars or revolutions, they can harm or heal, they can tear us apart or bridge cultural divides.
Humanity is defined by the stories it tells. We want to help us all tell better stories.
We want to walk into bookstores and see shelves full of diverse authors and storylines.
We want historically silenced voices to be amplified.
We want kids and adults alike to see themselves on the pages of books they read, movies they watch, and shows they see.
We want to help you feel empowered to speak your truth, tell your story, and Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™.
We’re dedicated to diversifying publishing.
While the industry has shifted in the last decade, we still have a long way to go until the books on our shelves represent the diverse world we live.
According to a Lee and Low Study, in traditional publishing:
- 76% of authors are white.
- 81% of authors are straight.
- 89% are non-disabled.
- Less than 1% of authors are trans, genderqueer, or intersex.
Which means we aren’t seeing ourselves, our friends, our families and our communities represented in the books we read and media we consume.
So, we’re fixing that by helping get more diverse books written and out into the world.
Our mission is simple: we want to empower you to tell your story.
We want to help you find your voice.
We’re here to help you ditch the lies you’ve been told about whose story matters and embrace the truth that your story matters now more than ever.
We want to help you feel less alone.
Writing doesn’t have to be lonely. In fact, you are 92% more likely to achieve a goal if you have someone holding you accountable to it. That’s why community, camaraderie and mentorship are at the core of all we do, and why we value collaboration over competition.
How We Can Support You
School for Writers is here to inspire, educate, and support aspiring authors on their path to writing, editing, and publishing their books.
Take the Write More Challenge™
Jumpstart your writing routine in just 10 minutes a day for 10 days with the Write More Challenge™.
Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™
Our most popular and successful offering, Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™ is a deluxe program that takes you from idea to readable draft of your book.
Limited to a small group of writers, WYFBA supports you in every step of the writing process – from brainstorming ideas to holding you accountable to sitting your butt in that chair and writing.
We only open WYFBA to the public once a year in February, and it sells out every time, so be sure to get your name on the waitlist to be the first to know when we have spots again.
Path to Published™
Currently only open to graduates of Write Your Friggin’ Book Already™, Path to Published is a membership program that supports you as you edit and publish your book.
The School for Writers Podcast
Hosted by Lauren Marie Fleming, the School for Writers podcast brings you inspiration and education from Lauren and top experts in their field.
Subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts, watch us on YouTube, or stream episodes on our website.
Is School for Writers for you?
We’re a diverse group of humans from all different places, ages, and backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common: a desire to tell our stories to the world.
School for Writers is excellent for you if…
- You dream of holding your published book in your hands.
- You are ambitious, driven, and willing to do the work – and yes, the work includes taking time off to rest and be creative.
- You’re just starting out, maybe even barely calling yourself a writer. Or you’ve put a few things out but don’t feel solid in your writing career yet.
- You’re excited to be a part of a writing group that honors diversity, amplifies historically silenced voices, and believes in collaboration over competition.
- You’re in this for the long-run and dedicated to continuing along your writerly path even when it gets hard.
- You’re willing to be an active participant in making your dreams a reality.
- You’re down to pause, rest, and reflect at least one week a month and four months a year (don’t worry, we’ve built it in to support you).
School for Writers is NOT for you if…
- You’re an a$$hole, mansplainer, pride yourself in being argumentative or are constantly “playing devil’s advocate.” We’re a group of kind, supportive, and open humans and we expect you to be as well.
- You’re the kind of person who would show up to protest the Gay Pride parade wearing a MAGA hat. We’re unabashedly queer, anti-racist, pro-choice, and liberal AF around here.
- School for Writers specializes in supporting aspiring authors, so if you already have a thriving writing career with multiple best-sellers, we might not be your best support. But we can suggest other programs for established authors, so email us if you want a referral.
- You’re looking for a quick fix or easy solution. The Path to Published™ takes 2-5 years, depending on where you’re starting out. We’re not going to give up on you and we don’t want you to give up on yourself.
Meet Our Founder
Hi, I’m Lauren and I know what it’s like to dream of being a writer.
When I graduated from film school, everyone told me it was time to get a real job. But I followed my passion to tell stories and got an internship at magazine instead, working on my novels and screenplays on the side.
I followed the path I was told it took to become a writer – hustle hard for little pay and struggle all the way.
It soon became apparent that the “old” ways of thinking about a career in the arts weren’t going to work for me, so I started looking into what made someone successful as a writer.
I studied successful entrepreneurs, signed-up for business classes, and even got myself a law degree from a prestigious institution. And still, no one took me seriously when I told them I was a writer.
It didn’t matter how many degrees I got, books I wrote, or money I made, if I was still surrounding myself with people who told me I couldn’t be a writer.
I longed for a community of writers that cheered each other on in becoming better writers, making more money, and taking time off to enjoy our lives.
I wanted to be a part of a movement that abolished this idea of the starving tortured artist and instead embraced thriving as a creative.
I sought out a place where I could share my three decades worth of coaching and mentorship experience and the lessons I’ve learned from my fifteen years working as a writer.
I couldn’t find what I needed, so I created it myself.
I created School for Writers because business as usual didn’t work for me.
I was tired of never seeing queer, fat, femme, poly, kinky, weird, amazing humans like me in the books I read.
I was tired of hearing the naysayers tell me I could never make a living as a writer.
I was tired of living in a world that devalued art and artists and discouraged creative expression.
I created School for Writers because everywhere I went, people whispered to me that they too wanted to be a writer, they too had a story to tell the world.
I created School for Writers for every little girl like me who was told she had to sit down, shut up, and choose a “real” job that sucked her soul dry.
I created School for Writers for the dreamers who always had their head in the clouds.
I created School for Writers for you.
My official bio, if you like that kind of thing.
Lauren Marie Fleming is a writer and coach helping people discover their story and tell it to the world.
Her company, School for Writers, helps aspiring authors write their books in a way that harnesses the transformational power of storytelling.
In her twenty years as a professional writer, Lauren has written multiple books, been featured in prominent publications including VICE and the Huffington Post, and spoken at prestigious conferences and colleges including Yale and BlogHer.
For over three decades, Lauren has coached writers and speakers to tell heartfelt tales in the most impactful and entertaining way possible.
Lauren has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished presenters and authors, including two years directly supporting Tony Robbins.
When not writing, coaching or traveling the world, Lauren can be found walking her dog on the beach in San Diego listening to a good audiobook.