Finally write the book you've been dreaming of

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Are you writing a book to:

  • Grow your business?

  • Make a difference?

  • Share your expertise?

  • Express your creativity?

8 weeks worth of...

  • 1-on-1 coaching

    8 coaching calls with the instructor about your progress. Ask him anything!

  • Tailored feedback

    Get developmental feedback on your writing as you go. Avoid problems later.

  • Access to online course

    You get access to 40 videos and weekly worksheets and resources to guide your writing process.

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2
    Week 1
    • Welcome and introduction (5:50)
    • Establishing goals and expectations (3:46)
    • Knowing the purpose of your book (5:20)
    • Knowing your reader / Week 1 Conclusion (6:09)
    • Activity: Week 1 Worksheet
    • Resource: Top 6 Books on Writing
  • 3
    Week 2
    • Week 2 Overview (3:15)
    • Prewriting (7:22)
    • Prewriting survey
    • Outlining (7:21)
    • Outlining survey
    • A regular practice of writing (6:09)
    • Research for your book (4:27)
    • Week 2 Conclusion (2:33)
    • Activity: Week 2 Worksheet
    • Resource: Prewriting and Outlining
    • Resource: Online Writing and Editing Tools
  • 4
    Week 3
    • Week 3 Overview (3:48)
    • Form and Content (16:29)
    • Form and Content survey
    • Narrative Technique: Sentences (6:46)
    • Narrative Technique: Framing (4:19)
    • Narrative Technique: Storytelling (4:18)
    • Week 3 Conclusion (1:28)
    • Activity: Week 3 Worksheet
    • Resource: Sentenced to Death!
    • Course Feedback Survey
  • 5
    Week 4
    • Week 4 Overview (2:46)
    • Making Meaning and Reader Response Theory (6:57)
    • Movements, Turns, Acts (9:10)
    • Continuity and Controlling Idea (2:52)
    • Week 4 Conclusion (2:03)
    • Activity: Week 4 Worksheet
    • Resource: Readers' Expectations
  • 6
    Week 5
    • Week 5 Overview (1:46)
    • Self-critique and Self-reflection (4:40)
    • Dealing with Overwhelm (6:41)
    • Week 5 Conclusion (1:13)
    • Activity: Week 5 Worksheet
    • Resource: Dealing with Overwhelm
  • 7
    Week 6
    • Week 6 Overview (2:11)
    • Intensive Writing Week (5:11)
    • Motivation to Write (7:02)
    • Week 6 Conclusion (2:12)
    • Activity: Week 6 Worksheet
  • 8
    Week 7
    • Week 7 Overview (2:02)
    • Manuscript Preparation + Live Demo! (11:12)
    • Working with an Editor (12:48)
    • Week 7 Conclusion (1:06)
    • Resource: Formatting, Beta Readers, & Editing
  • 9
    Week 8
    • Week 8 Overview (1:23)
    • Self-Publishing Crash Course (13:24)
    • Course Evaluation (4:12)
    • Evaluations: Course Evaluation and Self-Evaluation
    • Week 8 Conclusion (2:20)
    • Resource: Self-Publishing Checklist
    • You did it!!!

You have a story to tell and we can help you tell it.

We help authors write their book through a structured, step-by-step process & 1-on-1 mentoring.

This program will help you get a full draft manuscript written in 8 weeks! 


A writing mentorship program made for new and emerging writers, tailored to fit your writing project, with individual support and feedback from us, a writer-editor dream team. 

Work with us to move towards your writing goals!  

Meet the Team

Jon Parsons, Writer-Instructor

Jon is a writer, researcher, and teacher. He is the author of Everyday Dissent: Politics and Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador, a self-published book based on his journalism.

He has a PhD in English (from Memorial University) and has taught university-level writing courses and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. He has helped hundreds of students improve their writing and learn the fundamentals of effective storytelling.

His writing covers a range of topics and genres with a focus on creative nonfiction:

Erika Steeves, Editor-Instructor

Erika founded E.S. Editing Services in 2012 and has been working with academics, entrepreneurs, and self-publishing writers ever since. She loves working with driven and creative people, people with big dreams who want to make a difference and share their expertise and insights with the world. 

Erika has an MA in Philosophy (from Brock University). She has worked as an in-house editor for traditional publishing companies, but she’s most fulfilled helping people write books and navigate the ever-evolving world of self-publishing. 

Everyone has a story to tell and Erika loves facilitating that process for writers.

What people say about working with Jon and Erika

Nigel Walker, owner of Nigel Walker Wellness Inc.

I’ve always loved to write but never thought my writing was good enough for a book. The 8-Week Writing Bootcamp has helped me gain confidence in my writing and refine my message, while giving me enough structure to finally get things done. For years I procrastinated and set aside my own goals to serve my clients. Jon and Erika helped me realize that by setting aside time to work on this project I would be serving my clients in ways I had never imagined possible. My favourite part of the program has been the personal attention and feedback I’ve gotten as I’ve worked through each step. The Bookends Writing team provide the perfect environment to get out of your own way and finally get your message out there. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book and aren’t sure where to start, this program is for you!

Leah Brathwaite, author of A New Way of Life

I'm not sure I can express how invaluable working with Erika and Jon on my first self-published book has been. I came to them in need of direction, guidance and editing to get my finished manuscript ready for publishing. Jon was fantastic in providing structural edits that created a thoughtful flow for the reader and a framework to offer coherence. Erika was wonderful with copy editing and proofreading, ensuring that my message was clear and concise and formatted the final draft beautifully, paying attention to details I would have easily missed or overlooked. Both were encouraging, knowledgeable and highly skilled and together walked me through the entire process and helped me create something I was proud to publish. I'm so grateful to have had their support and services through this process and am looking forward to working with them again.

Stephanie Sodero, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh

Jon and Erika are a writer's dream team! With their support, I transformed my PhD dissertation into a far more accessible book. Over the course of eight weeks, I drafted a book proposal, which was accepted by a leading Canadian academic publisher. Moreover, I finished a full first draft. The weekly activities and one-on-one meetings kept me laser-focused on my goal. I learned that getting pages out for review is more valuable than spending an inordinate amount of time polishing one small section. With their help, I am leaps and bounds ahead of the game. I whole-heartedly endorse working with Jon and Erika!

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