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IWSG: Learn marketing & how to win NaNoWriMo

For today’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post, I thought I’d help with others’ writing insecurities instead of whining about my own for a change. 🙂 Due to the pandemic, I’m now able to share what I’ve learned in the marketing and NaNoWriMo trenches with anyone who’d like to learn, no matter where they are located. These courses support an independent bookstore, so please share this info with anyone you think might benefit.

“Will your classes ever be available online?”

It’s a question I’m asked a lot, and now the answer is yes.

Due to the pandemic, McNally Robinson Booksellers is offering my classes online this fall on Zoom. Now anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn from me. No commute or airfare required!

Marketing for Writers

“Writers don’t make any money.” Right? Wrong! Award-winning novelist J.H. Moncrieff has made a living with her writing for over 20 years, and in this class, she shares some tricks of the trade. Drawing on her background in marketing and publicity, she’ll teach you the ultimate goal of social media, how to make money with freelance writing, how to successfully market yourself to potential readers, agents, and editors, the elements of an effective author’s website, and how to handle a social media scandal, which is becoming all too common these days.

To register, click here. (You’ll need to scroll down.)

Winning NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, presents a daunting challenge each November. Can you write 50,000 words in a single month and “win” NaNoWriMo? Yes, you can! Award-winning novelist (and nine-time NaNoWriMo winner) J.H. Moncrieff will show you how, working through the month with you to ensure success. We’ll discuss what to do with your finished novel, the benefits and pitfalls of undertaking this challenge, break through any obstacles together, and do some writing sprints to get our word counts up.

To register, click here. (You’ll need to scroll down.)

Photo by Robert Barrow

Why Learn From Me

I’m an experienced and passionate instructor who has taught multiple classes at conferences, workshops, bookstores, libraries, colleges and universities. I’m 100% committed to my students, believe that learning should be fun and accessible, and that whatever is holding you back can be overcome.

“One of the best talks I ever heard about social media for authors was given by novelist J.H. Moncrieff. She had way more material to share than could fit in a single hour. I wanted to suck the info from her brain!” — Tess Gerritsen, international bestselling author, creator of Rizzoli & Isles

While she goes above and beyond, providing the highest quality of professionalism and expertise, she also genuinely cares about the success of fellow writers.” — Tausha Johnson, Director of Writers & Publishers International

“There are few (writers) that have such a comprehensive and realistic view of both the writing and publishing worlds as Ms. Moncrieff. Her unique set of skills and experience, coupled with her warm personality, seem to me a perfect combination of qualities to aid writers along their chosen paths.” — John Toews, Event Coordinator at McNally Robinson Booksellers

“I have never taken a writing course before and am delighted at her approach. I find her teaching style to be down to earth and encouraging. This and her knowledge of the literary landscape provides me with confidence in her abilities. As a budding writer, I am happy that I am learning the craft under her guidance.” — LaVona Parker, former college creative writing student

Insecure Writers Support Group Badge

The purpose of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.

1 part newsletter, 1 part unnerving updates,
2 parts sneak peeks of new projects.


  1. Random Musings

    I hate it when people say you can’t make money from writing. It’s refreshing to see another writer saying it is actually possible and sharing their knowledge. Good luck with the courses

  2. Pat Garcia

    Hi J.H.
    Even though I subscribe to your blog, this is the first time that I have taken the time to sit and absorb your article. I’m glad I did. Maybe you will see me in one of your writing classes. I’ve been looking for a writing hub not only to grow but to get the word out on my writing.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  3. Jim

    Good luck with the courses J.H.
    It’s always good for budding writers to learn from the best!

  4. Mary Aalgaard

    Hmm. This might be the extra kick that I need. I’m glad you’re offering these classes. The pandemic has closed some doors, but opened up many more. I admire your dedication and success!

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    That’s great they are offering them online! Good for writers to learn and good for you to make money.

  6. L. Diane Wolfe

    Congrats! Online classes are the way to go. The ones I offered really helped to bring in some much needed cash.

  7. Anna

    The courses sound great. You’re such a teacher. 🙂

  8. Patricia Josephine

    Congrats on the course. I hope it helps a lot of writers.

  9. C.D. Gallant-King

    Very cool. Look at you hustling – books, TV shows, teaching. You should teach classes on how to be J.H. Moncrieff! Unless there is some rule that there can only be one of you. And the top of the class would have to square off against you in a one-on-one duel to the death, Highlander-style. Don’t do that.

  10. Loni Townsend

    I love that you have classes available! I think, with my writing track record, I’m going to want to finish my book 2/book 3 stuff before I get back into marketing though.

  11. Lee Lowery

    The is an exciting development! So great that your ability to teach is now available everywhere.

    I did follow your links – they aren’t working right. I think it’s a problem at the website, because I couldn’t load any of the class offerings, I just hit a loop to the same page. 🙁

  12. Donna Hanton

    Awesome news that these classes are now online. I remember you mentioning the NaNo one. I agree with Tess Gerritsen, your social media presentation was one of the best (though I still hate Twitter!!). I still have your slideshow from the SiWC two years ago.

  13. Kim Lajevardi

    Online classes have helped us hold together a certain level of “normal.”

  14. Damyanti

    Good Luck with the courses!

  15. Liesbet

    This is great, JH! For you, for the bookstore, and for all those writers you will inspire and help. I hope the courses are a success and that you’ll have the NaNoWriMo subscribers cranking away. 🙂

  16. Toi Thomas

    Sorry for my late visit. Glad to hear your classes are now available to the masses. I wish you all the best with this continued endeavor.


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