Our online creative writing courses help you gather both skills and courage to write the stories that only you can tell.


We send an encouraging tip and writing exercise to help you become a better writer each week.

We believe that you carry a story inside that only you can tell.

Whether you’re writing for publication or solely for your own enjoyment, something big happens when you can articulate yourself. Your world shifts when you know that you are capable of telling your story.

But what if you don't know where to start? Or you doubt yourself? Or your voice got lost somewhere along the way?

We're Ashmae and Kathy and we created the courses at Mine to Tell to help you gather both skills and courage to write. Think of us as your personal writing yoga instructors.

We're honored you're here.
And we are so excited to hear the stories you have to share.

Ashmae Hoiland

Ashmae Hoiland is a creator of art, of writing, of projects that try to make the world better. She received a BFA in painting and an MFA in poetry. She is the writer/illustrator of five children's books; creator of the We Brave Women project (an initiative to tell the stories of brave women around the world through art and writing); writer and illustrator of 100 Birds Taught Me To Fly (a memoir), winner of several awards, including being a finalist in the national Indiefab awards. She has taught writing in University settings, as a keynote speaker, at dozens of events and retreats. Follow along with her on Instagram @birdsofashmae

Kathy West is a writer who loves to see a creative impulse put to use. She received her MFA in fiction and a handful of her short stories have been published in Apalachee Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. As an introvert who likes talking into microphones, she has read her creative non-fiction on stage for Lit Lounge at SMoCA in Scottsdale AZ, Bar Flies in Phoenix AZ, and Dirty Laundry Lit in Los Angeles. Follow along with her on Instagram @kathy.west

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Creative Writing courses

We're so excited for you to become the writer you want to be.

Mine to tell:
A Writing Course

Registration closed | Next session available in 2020

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Beyond Beginning

An advanced writing workshop
that takes you and the craft of writing seriously

The Creative Hour

A course in creating alongside children

We aim to release this course during the summer. To be notified when it becomes available, sign up below.

Questions about any of these courses? We'd love to help.

We'd love to hear from you

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