“Fast Draft” Writing Group with Paper Raven Books

"fast draft"
writing group
with Paper Raven Books

***Enrollment Open May 19-21, 2023***

(or until spots are filled)

Here's how the "Fast Draft"
Writing Group works:

We will have a couple of weeks of planning the overall, narrative arc of your book with you to make sure you feel solid on the book you’re writing and the structure.

Then, one of our senior book coaches leads a series of seminars on the craft of writing, we host co-writing sessions, and we workshop each others’ writing, as you continue writing. You’ll also have a mid-point check-in with our book coach to make sure your draft is on track.

Once you finish your first draft, one of our senior book coaches will provide you with individual guidance on the first draft of your book with a feedback letter and a one-on-one coaching call to talk about your revision plan for your draft.

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In addition to support in getting the writing done in these four phases (Phase 1: Sketch, Phase 2: Draft, Phase 3: Review, and Phase 4: Revise), we have developed specific curricula for fiction, nonfiction, and memoir books, since each type of writing has its own unique considerations.

All together, the goal is to write a full manuscript with 4 months of committed writing, with the support of a group of dedicated book coaches and supportive fellow writers, moving through this flow:



  • We’ll show you how to develop a high-level structure when you have trouble with outlines. This is especially important if you find that you can write a few chapters and then your brain just stops and you’re nowhere near done. You’ll have this high-level plan to refer back to and keep you moving forward.

  • Envision a powerful end to your book, with enough room to make adjustments, and enough confidence that you know how it all ties together, so that you spend more time writing and less time figuring things out as you go.

  • Find out how to have a solid “narrative arc” that is not too formulaic. Sure, it would be easy to set up the same old three-part structure, but you want to create a new and exciting reading experience.

  • Discover the process for keeping track of multiple throughlines inside of one, cohesive structure. If you’re like most writers, when you’re about halfway through writing and you reread, the ideas start to feel disconnected. With our structural guidance, you’ll be able to track three or more throughlines and see where they re-connect, so you can keep the reader engaged and turning the pages all the way to the end.


  • Even when you know the main trajectory of your book, organizing all your ideas and keeping them all in the same spot—when (in reality) writing happens whenever you can fit it in—is a challenge! We’ll explore methods of research and organization so that you can more easily do the research that will lend your book the credibility it needs, especially if you’re including historical facts, scientific concepts, mythology, philosophy, or similar, all of which require extensive research and systems.

  • Particularly when you are writing about a topic where you are not an expert, you have no personal connections or experiences that would help you generate answers, we’ll show you where and how you can research a topic to new interesting angles into your book.

  • Explore reliable ways to take your notes, scribbles, and anecdotes, and actually put them into book form, when it’s partly a matter of being efficient with time and partly a matter of just being daunted by the task!

Specialized Topics for Fiction:

  • We’ll show you what we call a “revision roadmap” that helps you decide on the events that will sufficiently drive your characters toward the conclusion of their individual character arcs.
  • Find out what “plothole plugging” is and why you need this micro-system in places as soon as you start writing, so you can note all the nitty-gritty details that you don’t want to lose track of—what you already said, what you altered, and what you’re saving for later—to ensure you avoid accidentally creating a plot hole.
  • Discover the importance of weaving subplots together into a great ending—and even leaves openings for the story to continue!
  • Add in research to bring life to your characters and setting, whether you’re writing in a historical, contemporary, or alternative reality context.

Specialized Topics for Nonfiction:

  • Explore how to give shape to your initial thoughts until they are fully formed foundational concepts capable of anchoring your book.
  • Understand two aspects of structure, “skeletal structure” and “thematic structure,” so that your book rests on the sturdy bones of logic, fleshed out in the form of a meaningful journey for the reader. Together, these two aspects of structure will ensure that your book leaves a lasting impression.
  • Master the method of distilling and clarifying the impact of each aspect of your structure so that you can create powerful, memorable nonfiction writing.
  • Learn a systematic way to research in multiple passes, as you’re sketching, so that you know your book is credible, contributing to the discourse on your chosen topic, and helping your reader truly understand the value of your message.

Specialized Topics for Memoir:

  • Discern the elements of fiction and nonfiction that you can then weave together to create an engrossing reading experience while communicating powerful truths through your writing.
  • Understand the six core types of memoir and which one best fits your writing style and intention.
  • Try out some memoir-specific structures, like “episodic structures” and “chronological structures,” and see how flashbacks can be a critical tool in storytelling without losing the impact of your message.
  • Explore research methods that help you to re-surface sensory details so that you can bring your memories to life in the mind’s eye of your reader.


   Writing Sections and Chapters

  • Practice moving from a high-level outline into writing sections and chapters without losing the motivation to write the book.
  • Discover how to continue writing, week-after-week. Even when you have done all the research and collected all the details and you know exactly what you want the book to look like, you might have no clue how to start. We’ll show you how to start and KEEP your writing momentum.
  • Find out how to take a skeleton of a concept and iteratively layer on descriptive detail that keeps the reader engaged and expands the reader’s experience without being overly wordy.
  • Add dimension to your writing so that even when the first go feels “flat” or non-dimensional, you’ll know exactly how to go back to the page and add depth.
  • When the biggest challenge with writing your book is fear (that it isn't good enough, that I may not be able to write it, that finishing will be too hard), discover the most effective ways to get out of your head and just write the dang book!

Specialized Topics for Fiction: 

  • Discover the key elements to creating a character that your reader loves (or loves to hate) by going back in time to really see and feel and show what your characters have gone through, PLUS how that backstory can show up powerfully in the pages of your book.
  • Flesh out your characters’ motivations, voice, and reactions, including facial expressions and body reactions to certain situations, and without resorting to “he thought” or “she thought” every time.
  • Strengthen your narrator’s voice. You already know that without a clear, solid narrative voice, your reader will feel lost, and once you more fully develop that voice, you’ll notice that the tone, the rhythm, and the story start to easily fall into place.

Specialized Topics for Nonfiction: 

  • Find out how the power of research questions that surface during your first draft can help you to continue pressing more deeply into the nuances of your ideas, as you’re writing.
  • Expand your ability to give your ideas meaning and impact with stories, drawing on research about the relationship between storytelling and the brain to see how well-crafted stories literally change how we think about an idea going forward.
  • Explore voice and style, those distinctive and difficult-to-define aspects of every good book, and give some suggestions for how to develop and work with your own.

Specialized Topics for Memoir: 

  • See how you can convert the five parts of a plot that are often used in fiction so you can create a powerful personal narrative arc that’s easier to draft than writing out your entire life’s story.
  • Practice writing a “healing draft” that is different from a “working draft,” which can give you the space to balance reliving memories and then distilling the impression you want to leave the reader with on the page.
  • Develop your writing voice as both an “omniscient” narrator and a “reflective” narrator in your own life story. 


   Self-Editing and Self-Stifling

  • Quickly identify when you’ve accidentally engaged your “editor brain,” pausing every sentence to rework it over again, even though you know it will probably change in further edits, and develop the ability to shift back into writing mode.

  • Discover tried-and-true methods for reviewing your own work so that you can make the most significant changes first and feel satisfied with the overall narrative structure before you get into re-working paragraphs and sentences.

  • Find out the mental tricks that seasoned book editors use to toggle between being “zoomed out” for high-level changes and then deciding “zoom in” to do the more detailed editing—without becoming frustrated and discouraged in the process!

  • Understand when and how to effectively use transitions to guide the reader’s experience through the narrative arc without getting lost.

  • How to use the best free self-editing apps available to help you quickly identify issues around repetition, clarity, word choice, and grammar issues in your manuscript.

  • Make those nit-picky decisions (the ones you know are just a nuisance, like whether to double-space the manuscript!) and how to prepare the document for professional editing before publication.


Peer and Professional Feedback

  • Get personalized feedback on your writing throughout the process via critique workshops, peer beta readers, and a full manuscript review process with one of our senior book coaches.
  • Specific suggestions for structuring or restructuring your book, how many chapters should there generally be, how long should chapters generally be, whether you need to add more detail or delete sections, or any other high-level, relevant changes to the pacing and flow of your book.
  • Feedback on whether your story is interesting enough that the reader wants to keep turning pages and is it cohesive so that the reader is following the threads, from beginning to end.
  • Evaluation of your chapters to make sure they read smoothly, that you haven’t repeated yourself, that any of the rambling, unconnected sections are identified, and how it can all come together in a final, well-structured, FINISHED book.
  • Insights into what it'll take for you to tighten and polish until the editing process is “done,” even if you still think of ways to make it better and constantly feel like it’s just not quite ready.
  • Discover a tried-and-true "order of operations" for which changes and edits should be done first in a way that gets you excited to continue to work and make the book better (instead of feeling overwhelmed by an unorganized pile of suggestions).

We’re committed to helping you write a great book because THIS book could become a perennial bestseller, your readers’ go-to book recommendation, and the platform for your long-term success as an author.

"fast draft"
writing group
with Paper Raven Books

***Enrollment Open May 19-21, 2023***

(or until spots are filled)

You might be wondering, "What types of books do you work with?"

We regularly work with nonfiction, memoir, and fiction books. We've published and launched books in Every genre and sub-genre has particularities, which is why we go deep into your book's market and expectations. Here's what some of our authors have seen after publishing their books:

#1s in their books' most relevant and competitive categories and 100s of reviews after the launch.

With a little time and continued marketing in those best categories, 1,400+ reviews and counting.

And that type of credibility lends itself to awards and guest appearances
that sets the book up for the virtuous cycle of long-term marketing goodness.

THIS is what happens when your book is set up for success from the beginning!

(available for a very limited time!)

BONUS #1:  One-on-One High-Level Structure Mapping.  Done-with-you mapping of your books’ narrative arcs with our senior book coach, so it all comes together in a compelling structure

  • If you’ve ever wanted an intense planning session with a book coach, this is your chance!
  • You’ll sit with our senior book coach, lay out all your ideas and notes. We’ll help you identify any weak or potentially problematic areas, we’ll highlight the especially strong pieces, and we’ll help to make sure that it’ll all come together in a page-turning story that’ll keep your reader coming back for more.
  • You’ll walk away with a sketch of your structure and the confidence to dive into the “fast draft” process with motivation, focus, and a clear vision for how to approach this first draft of your book.

 (Value $2,500)

BONUS #2:  The Streamlined Self-Publishing Guide.  At Paper Raven Books, we’ve created our own tried-and-true process for self-publishing books.Our community of writers has been asking, “Morgan, instead of me hiring your team to publish my book, is there any way you can just SHOW me what you do so I can follow along and do it myself?” We’ve been working behind the scenes to document, screen capture, and record every essential step we go through in our process of self-publishing books.  

(Value $5,000)

BONUS #3: Debut Bestselling Book Launch Campaign. Tap into an eager reader market, generate buzz in your niche, and launch your book with thousands of downloads and sales in the first week. 

  • We consistently launch books of first-time authors whose new books start ranking at #1 in three or more categories, 50+ reviews, and are set up to effortlessly generate an additional 100+ reviews. Want to know how I’ve sold 15,000 copies of my book and gotten 1,400 reviews on Amazon, with reviews still coming in on autopilot every day?

  • This bonus includes exact email templates, social media swipe files, book launch team strategies, effective book promotion sites that are working now, and a full book launch timeline—all ready and loaded for you to copy and use in your next book launch.

  • THIS is our Secret Book Launch Process, refined over years, reserved ONLY for our internal team… until now…

(Value $12,500)

You might be wondering, "What's the cost?"

Consider what's included in our "Fast Draft" Writing Group:

● A 90-Day plan to get you from notes to a clear structure and a finished first draft on paper, with guidance on the craft of writing, narrative arcs, and research techniques that are specialized to fiction novels, memoir, and nonfiction books.

● 12 months of support (in case life gets in the way!), so you have ongoing access to live co-writing sessions, Q&A sessions, and critique workshops with our team of senior book coaches. 

● In this "hybrid" environment, you're getting the best of both worlds, 1:1 input because you’re working with our team and peer review because you’re working with other committed authors in a writing seminar environment. 

PLUS, today, you're also getting access to:

BONUS #1:  One-on-One High-Level Structure Mapping.  Work one-on-one with our senior book coach on your narrative arcs to make sure it all comes together in a compelling book structure.

BONUS #2: Streamlined Self-Publishing Guide. We're taking you behind-the-scenes of our publishing company, where you'll get access to the step-by-step, screen-by-screen, click-by-click of every essential piece of the self-publishing process, with our best practices all laid out for you. 

BONUS #3: Debut Bestselling Book Launch Campaign. Tap into an eager reader market, generate buzz in your niche, and launch your book with thousands of downloads and sales in the first week.
It's everything you need to finally write, publish, AND launch your book, with the Paper Raven Books team as your guides. To secure your spot in the writing group, please select a payment option below:

And, frankly, to work directly with our team to write your book isn’t cheap. Normally, when a writer works one-on-one with our team to go from idea to published book, it’s a $40,000 investment.

For the 90-Day "Fast Draft” writing group, we are creating a hybrid environment: you’re working with our team AND you’re working with each other in a writing seminar environment, which means we can bring that investment down significantly to one payment of $4,950. We do also have the flexibility of a payment plan (11 monthly payments of $495) because we hope to help make it as affordable as possible.

And you might want to know, "What's the catch?"

We don't offer this level of personalized support and guidance to just anyone. We need to know that you're serious and committed to writing and publishing your book. We've met plenty of folks who say they want to write a book and turn out to be all talk and no action.  (But, I have a feeling that because you're here, that's not you!)

I want to make a Case Study Success Story out of you, when you publish your book! As long as you're okay with me featuring you and your book, we'd be honored to support you on your author journey.


Q: What’s the timing and how many hours should I plan to commit?

When we have a spot open up in our writing group, we begin with about a month of high-level structure mapping. In the first month, you’re having a one-on-one session with our book coach to work through your structure, along with best practices for structuring your particular type of book.

Then, the following three months, we support you in writing the first draft of your book, and you have access to a full library of topics on the craft of writing.

We host co-writing sessions and critique workshops to give you the motivation and the feedback you need to keep writing.
Once you write 20,000 words, you’ll “unlock” the ability to have a check-in with our book coach to help make sure you’re on track, that the structure is coming along, and that you do any course-correcting while you’re still early on.

Supported by the writing group community, co-writing sessions, critique workshops, and Q&A sessions, we’ll encourage you to write your full first draft, whether that’s 40,000 words or 100,000 words or more. As soon as you finish your first draft, you’ll be able to “unlock” the full manuscript review and revision plan with our editorial team.

All together, we’re suggesting that you commit to a four-month season during which you can dedicate your mental bandwidth to your book and schedule into your calendar 5 to 10 hours a week of writing time.

Q: I have already __[event/travel/etc]____ planned. Is there flexibility in the timing?

Short answer: yes. We have built in some buffer so that if you already have a commitment during a week or two in that timeframe, it should all still work out, just fine.

And if you’re still writing 6 month after you join? That’s fine! We’ll be ready to do your manuscript review and revision plan with you when you are.

You have a full 12 months to use all of the resources, community, and coaching feedback in the Fast Draft writing group.

Q: Do I need to be available during certain times of the day?

We have a regular rhythm of topics on the craft of writing, co-writing, critique workshops, and Q&A sessions, across a range of timeslots to make opportunities available morning, daytime, and early evening. Plus, everything will be recorded for your convenience, and you’ll be able to submit questions ahead of time, if you can’t make a Q&A session.

Q: What’s the difference between the 90-Day "Fast Draft” writing group and just writing my book and having a friend read it?

Many authors would like feedback as they’re writing, so they can be sure that what they’re writing makes sense and is compelling. If you give your writing to a friend and ask for feedback, a) you’ll be lucky if they read it in any sort of timely manner and b) their response will probably be vague and not especially helpful.

Our senior book coach and editorial team will be your sounding board when you’re sketching out the structure of your book, writing your book, and finishing your first draft. We find that when writers have professional feedback along the way, they tend to write much better books the first time around, with less editing needed and less wasted time.

Plus, we’re also going to look at the marketability of your book. Most editors can help you make your book better, for sure. Their big blindspot, though, is they’re not thinking about the first, fundamental question: what’s the MARKET for this book? “Is it good?” Yes. AND, “Will it sell?” Those are two different questions.

When you work with our team of publishing professionals, we review BOTH your writing and the market for your book. We’re thinking about getting the right structure for your book, based on what your readers are looking for in a book like yours. We’re also thinking about the market potential for your book. We put on a wide-angle lens to make sure that, yes, you know exactly what needs to happen next in writing your book, AND, you know exactly what the size of readership is for a book like yours, even before you release your book.

When you’re working with our team, we’re assessing BOTH the structure of your book idea and the marketability of your book idea.

Frankly, very few people in the book world are able to give you this depth and breadth of feedback.

Q: What if I haven’t started anything? Like anything?

I totally get it. 😊 I've been a writing coach for 15 years, typically working with folks from the very beginning of their book idea, and I will tell you that it is actually EASIER to start working with an editor before you get deep into writing. We'll use our time together to talk through your thoughts, any outlines, mind maps, or notes you have, and create a plan for you to get started in the writing process.

PLUS, we'll be able to give you that market analysis, so you'll know ahead of time whether it would be beneficial for sales to include a certain angle or topic, in order to take advantage of what readers are actively looking for.

Bringing a professional book team is absolutely the most efficient and effective way to jumpstart your book writing process—if you're serious about writing this book in the next year.

If you're wondering whether you've got what it takes to write this book, whether this book really has the potential to take off.... Well, this is the best way to answer those questions. Where else can you get access to a professional team that publishes and launches books every single week?
And the good news is that if you like working with our team in setting up the plan, you'll have the option to keep working with us (only if you want to), and your investment in this "Fast Draft" writing group will credit toward future work with our team.

Q: What genres or topics are a best fit for the “Fast Draft” writing group?

This book writing coaching program is intended for books with a "narrative arc," which refers to the type of book structure that takes the reader on a journey. In a fiction novel, it's a journey with the protagonist through a series of events that lead to a climactic moment before the (perhaps open-ended resolution). In a memoir, it's a journey with you, the author. through the moments of your life that have shaped you and contributed to who you are, today. In a nonfiction, it's an intellectual journey with the reader toward a deeper understanding of ideas that give them a new perspective on life, relationships, the world.
Notably, we do not cover any topics that are specific to illustrated children's books, cookbooks, coffee table books, etc.

If your book has a narrative arc, though, we can be your guides through the architecture of your reader's journey through the chapters of your book.

Q: Is it one writing group or more than one?

We’ll all be in one writing group container, and if we have a few folks writing in the same topic or genre, we can create sub-groups for ya’ll to connect and beta read for each other. So, there may be some smaller groups, but everyone will be in one writing group virtual space together because we think it’s valuable to be exposed to other ways of thinking about characters, narratives, and the craft of writing.

Q: Do I have to pick just ONE curriculum (ie, fiction or nonfiction or memoir)?

No, you don’t have to pick! You’ll have access to all of the types of writing curriculum. Some books cross genres. Some people end up staying in the writing container and working on another book in a different genre. Some people just like to learn! You’ll have access to it all.

Q: What if I'm thinking about writing more than one book?

If you're planning to write a series or multiple books in the same genre, everything that you discover about narrative arcs, publishing, and marketing will serve the success of every book you ever publish. (Or even books you've already published!) You'll have lifetime access to our publishing and marketing resources, at the ready, for any book you publish in the future.

Q: Is there a guarantee?

If you’re not thrilled with the insights and guidance we provide in your “Fast Draft” writing group experience, we’ll gladly refund 100% of your money. We do ask that you have a phone call with our team, in order to be eligible for your refund, so that we can talk with you about what didn’t work for you.

Q: Does this include your team doing the editing, design, publishing, and all the things?

The second bonus that we're offering this weekend, called the "Streamlined Self-Publishing Guide," provides our team's best practices and step-by-step, screen-by-screen, click-by-click process to publish your own book. If you're planning to self-publish, you'll have our team's guidance along the way.

The third bonus that we're also offering this weekend, called the "Debut Bestselling Book Launch Campaign," shows you what our team does when we're launching a new book in order to get thousands of downloads/sales in the first week, hit #1 in multiple, strategic categories, and gather the reviews that will set the book up for long-term sales for years to come. Again, if you are planning to self-publish, THIS is the launching and marketing pieces that most people forget to plan for, but you'll have a set of timelines and templates to guide you toward success, as an author.

Plus, some of the writers we work with will take their book to a traditional publisher or hybrid publisher or continue working with our Paper Raven Books team. That’s not a decision you have to make, right now, though, and there are no ongoing obligations.

After you finish your first draft, if you’d like to talk with us about working with our team, Paper Raven Books, for us to do the editing, publication, and launch of your book (rather than you self-publishing), we’ll set up a follow-up call to discuss those options. Plus your investment in the writing group would 100% count toward any package that you might do with us in the future.

Q: When's the deadline?

Enrollment into the "Fast Draft" writing group is open THIS WEEKEND only. Or until spots are filled.

Q: Do you have something I can print out and share with someone else in this decision-making process?

Yes! Download a PDF version of this information here: