You are capable of powerful writing

Take our online personal writing courses and we’ll prove it to you


You want to write.

But something stops you... 

  • Uncertainty about where to begin.
  • Anxiety about what others will think.
  • Or the age-old fear that you don’t know what you’re doing.

If you let anything silence you, a tragedy happens: you are rendered powerless. You don’t get to participate in the world as meaningfully as you could. 

At Mine to Tell, our online writing courses help you follow your impulse to write, dive into your experiences, be surprised by what you find, and reemerge with a bright confidence in what you are capable of saying.

There You Are.

Writing techniques aren’t worth much if some other worry keeps you from writing in the first place. Our main writing course—There You Are—guides you through a creative process to quiet writing anxieties so you can put words on the page.


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We believe that writing, even in small doses, can improve mental and emotional health. In the time it takes to watch a movie, these workshops will bring you clarity and make the rest of your life better.

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So often, we see our bodies as things to deal with or change, rather than as companion and friend. This self-paced course helps you form a healthier relationship with your body through writing its stories.

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Navigating the publishing world can feel overwhelming. This course breaks down the process into 5 simple steps so that you can feel confident submitting your work and getting your writing published.

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This course gives you 10 activities to help you connect creatively with children—without any prep time or materials. When you give a child the gift of your time, you both grow closer together.

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The world is different now, and we need to process. This simple journal helps you consider and record this time. Downloadable or available as a physical book. A thoughtful gift for yourself or someone you love.

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One of the trickiest parts of being a creative is managing a lot of ideas in limited amounts of time. This 4-part course helps you find and expand cracks of time so you can finally finish your creative projects.

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Not sure where to start?


We're here to help you write what's yours to tell

Ashmae Hoiland

Kathy West

We're two writer friends who met ten years ago in an MFA program. Since then, we've gone on to publish books, read on stages, teach, and most importantly, live ordinary lives that inspire us to help you find more meaning and beauty in your own life through the writing process.


What people say about our courses

“Not only are Ashmae and Kathy rockstar writers and teachers, they are kind, generous, and thoughtful souls. Their writing course is a MUST for anyone wanting to draw closer to their inner writer or overcome roadblocks. This course is worth every single penny and then some.”

— Elle A.

"There are a lot of voices in the world, and taking this course guided & welcomed me back to my own. For that, I am grateful." 

—Carla T.

You are capable of telling your story. We know it.

We also know that plenty of things stop you...

It's hard to find time.

Most of our writing courses are pre-recorded, so you can take them at your own pace. No grades and no mandatory homework means that you can do as much or as little writing as fits in your life. We include audio tracks of all videos so you can even listen to a lesson on your way to the store.

Writing programs are pricey.

We both attended an MFA program, and we know the price can be steep. Honestly, we think that good writing can be fostered in a much less expensive way. We aim to make our courses as useful as any college course, without the high ticket price and barriers to entry.

Sharing your writing feels intimidating.

Yes! We believe something transformative happens when you write for yourself alone. Mine to Tell courses are private. You watch them at home and are not obligated to share your writing. (That said, if you do write things you want to share, we host a Facebook group and offer a publishing course.)

Taking time to write feels selfish.

With everything going on in the world, writing your thoughts can feel small or even self-indulgent. But writing as we teach it is a form of self-care, an opportunity to claim your experience by articulating it. Writing is not a replacement for therapy, but it’s definitely an avenue of healing—and it results in something beautiful after you’ve done it. In some ways, it’s selfish NOT to write.

You are capable of powerful writing. 

Take a course and we’ll prove it to you.



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