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5 Scholarships to the Story Cartel Course

The Story Cartel CourseSince I taught the first Story Cartel Course at the start of the year, I hoped to create a community combining my passion for the writing craft with everything I’ve learned about publishing through Story Cartel.

I wasn’t sure it would work, and while it’s too early to tell if the course is a success yet, after working with over 130 writers, the signs are promising.

Let me take a second to brag about my students (or, as we like to call ourselves, my fellow Cartelistas).

1. Story Cartel Course Alumni Have Launched Books…

Several authors have launched their books since taking the course, including Birgitte Rasine’s lyrical novella The Seventh Crane, Jeff Elkin’s book of literary short stories, B-More Stories, and M.C. Muhlenkamp’s Markram Battles.

2. Signed Publishing Deals…

Several Story Cartel Course alumni have signed publishing deals. Not with gimmicky hybrid publishers, but with successful, traditional publishers.

3. Built Their Audience Online…

Others have started to build their audience online, launching blogs like Mirel Abeles’ Stories Worth Sharing. Pamela Hodges’ blog was even discovered by The Huffington Post, who featured her on HuffPost Live.

4. Finally Found Their Writing Community.

Many writers who have taken the Story Cartel Course have finally found their writing community, bonding over email and Skype with other authors in Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Singapore, and Australia.

Apply To Win a Scholarship to the Story Cartel Course

I want to open the Story Cartel Course to talented who might not be able to afford it. While the course normally costs between $150 and $200, we will be giving away five full scholarships to writers we believe in.

Here’s how to qualify:

  1. First, share the course home page with your audience on Twitter and Facebook.
  2. Then, fill out the scholarship application.
  3. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 17 at 11:59 pm EST.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

I want the Story Cartel Course to be more than a bunch of lessons about writing and publishing. I want it to be a guild, a Cartel, a group of writers who actively choose to help each other build their audiences, improve at the craft, and share their writing with the world. We would be honored to have you.

About Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).

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  • James Hall

    Shared the course homepage on Facebook and WordPress. I don’t have Twitter, yet. I’m behind the times.

    • Joe Bunting

      That’s more than fine, James. Thanks! Excited to see what you wrote.

  • Jesicka Labud

    Joe! This is so awesome and generous of you. A scholarship! Wow. I think the idea of the Story Cartel itself (the website where you share your work and read books in exchange for reviews) is awesome! And I didn’t know you also had this course! I just shared everything with my facebook and twitter following, and applied for one of the scholarships! I am just glad to be able to connect with your blog in this one way, even if I don’t end up getting the scholarship. I am grateful for the opportunity~!

    • Joe Bunting

      Awesome, Jesicka. Excited to read your application. :)

  • jim calocci

    I think it’s a great idea
    hope that you succeed
    I ‘m glad that I know about it (Story Cartel and schlorships)
    and that everything gets done that you need

    • Joe Bunting

      Thanks Jim. Me too!

  • jim calocci

    from what I’ve seen online
    from folks like Jesicka and James
    looks like things are going real well
    makes me want to shout, H A Y !
    thanks for the opportunity,

  • Mirel

    Thanks for the plug, Joe. I just have to reiterate for everyone: the course provides wonderful incentive in many different areas from writing, to publishing, to setting up a blog. But the greatest advantage is the wonderful community that it builds. I was in on the original course, then retook it again when it was offered. Each time I have come out with new friends, new insights and a growing group of people who support each other. Invaluable!

    • Joe Bunting

      You’re the best kind of “student” to have, Mirel (quotes because I learn so much from you). I’m honored to know you.

      • Mirel

        Now you’re making me blush… and curious. What have you learned from me? BTW, there’s a verse in the Mishna tractate “Pirkei Avot” (Ethics of the Fathers) which says “I gained much knowledge from my teachers, but from
        my students more than from any of them.” (sounds so much better in the original Hebrew, sigh). Luckiest thing for me was stumbling across the Write Practice and meeting you. Mutual fan club :-)

        • Joe Bunting

          I actually know that quote from the Mishna (and I think I quoted it in a post somewhere or other)!

          • Mirel

            You’re just too smart! See, I have nothing left to teach you ;-)

  • Pamela Hodges

    Thank you Joe for mentioning my blog.
    Your course is worth every penny and dime. It is very kind of you to give scholarships.

    • Joe Bunting

      Thanks Pamela. Proud of what you’re doing. :)

  • Grace

    I’ve searched a couple of places and can’t seem to find the cost of the course. Will you point me to the link please? Thanks!

    • James Hall


      While the course normally costs between $150 and $200, we will be giving away five full scholarships to writers we believe in.

      • Joe Bunting

        Thanks James. Grace, what he said. :)

  • Karl Tobar

    Hi Joe! Big fan of yours, here. You are always helping people.

    One question:
    Facebook is my preferred social media and I “liked” the Story Cartel course with the link at the bottom of the course home page. I didn’t see an option to “share,” though, so does “liking” it count?

    • Joe Bunting

      Liking is perfect. Thanks Karl. :)

  • Vidya Sury

    What a wonderful initiative. A friend pointed me to this page and I’d love to be a part of the course. (and yes, I tweeted, G+ -ed and Facebooked :-)) Thank you, Joe!

  • dnesbitt

    Hi Joe. Were the scholarship winners already announced? Thanks!

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