Become the Writer You've Always Wanted to Be.

Inside HappyWriter, creative writers like you come together to support one another, get answers to the questions you can’t Google, learn from experts, participate in challenges, and so much more.

Writing is hard, but you don't have to do it alone.

No one needs to tell you that writing is hard. The path is filled with loneliness, doubt, confusion on how to write, little to no support from other writers, no access to agents, and the fear that your heart’s work will be rejected. It’s no wonder why so many writers burn out and ultimately give up on their dreams!

These struggles are just part of your writing journey. But, to get that project done, you’re going to have to overcome them one-by-one. It won’t be easy. But your probability of success—telling your story and seeing it published—is dramatically improved by joining and growing in a community of writers who share your values, grit, and a common goal.

HappyWriter is like the best parts of Facebook combined with a creative writing MFA.

HappyWriter is a community for creative writers motivated by continued growth, giving and receiving accountability, hard work, and a shared love of storytelling. It’s like the best parts of Facebook had a baby with a top-tier MFA program.

A little of what is included in HappyWriter:

A thriving writing community

Ask and answer the questions you can’t Google in a thriving and safe community of like-minded creative writers. 

Live workshops and training

Grow your writing skill through monthly live workshops and training taught by world-class instructors. Learn how to build both writing craft combined with personal development.

Goal tracking and accountability

Accomplish your big writing goals through engaging, community-based accountability programs.

Monthly author masterclasses

Learn the craft of writing (and ask that question you’ve been dying to ask!) from world-class authors through monthly masterclasses.

Exciting writing challenges

Break the monotony of writing with exciting challenges with your community. Learn a new skill or finally conquer your writing goals.

And so much more!

"I love the How Writers Write program. It really highlights that every writer encounters difficulties and illuminates how successful writers manage to get past them."

-Catherine D. 

Apply now to be a Founding Member of HappyWriter

HappyWriter is accepting only 250 Founding Members to help build the happiest, most inclusive, most fantastic writing community in the world. We are looking for our Founding Member class to help us build something extraordinary. This is an opportunity to get into the ground floor of HappyWriter and help curate & direct content, set the tone for the communities, and have special access to the HappyWriter staff.

HappyWriter launches in Fall 2020

What's included:

  • 12-Month Access to HappyWriter
  • Special Founding Member pricing at a 50% discount
  • “Thank You” package including the first-edition Founding Member t-shirt (they are so soft!)
  • Lifetime Founding Member badge in the HappyWriter community
  • Lifetime access to exclusive Founding Member events with bestselling authors, agents, and editors.

Very Special Founding Member Price


*It is free to apply. No credit card required. You will be charged when you accept membership. 

Our promise to you

HappyWriter is a community of like-minded writers, but it may not be for everyone. If for whatever reason HappyWriter doesn’t feel like home, you can cancel your membership within 30 days with no questions asked.

Say Hello to the HappyWriter Team

Brian Murphy

Founder and Educator

I founded How Writers Write in November of 2019 with one mission: to inspire and empower writers to tell their story.

After interviewing 50+ authors and coaching hundreds of writers, I realized the big keys to helping writers are community, accountability, craft education, personal development, and access to industry professionals. HappyWriter was born out of this realization. It is my life’s mission to serve this generation of writers.

I live in Denver, Colorado with my amazing wife, two perfect daughters, and goldendoodle.


Abby Mathews

Community Manager

Here at Happy Writer, Abby has the very stuffy title of Community Manager. That’s just a fancy way of saying if there’s something you want to happen in the Happy Writer community, she’s your Westley. (Or your Dread Pirate Roberts, since everyone’s wearing a mask these days. They’re terribly comfortable.)

Abby also manages the educational content of HappyWriter–coordinating with our amazing line-up of coaches and authors to bring world-class education to HappyWriter.

Monthly Guest Educators

Each month, guest educators share their best tips, tricks, and writing lessons through online classes, accountability programs, community discussions, live QA, and even writing challenges.

Amanda Polick

Writing Coach

Amanda Polick is a book coach for food and entertainment professionals based in Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s not connecting her clients to their best stories, she can be found eating her way through town or planning her next oceanside getaway. Her editorial and video work has included brands such as DIYMFA, Time, Cooking Light, and Food & Wine. You can find her and the latest writing inspiration at

Brian Platzer


BRIAN PLATZER is the critically acclaimed author of the novels BED-STUY IS BURNING and THE BODY POLITIC (both Atria/Simon & Schuster) as well as the forthcoming parenting book TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEWORK (Avery/Penguin Random House). He has written frequently for The New York Times,, New York Magazine, The New Republic, and many other publications.

Dani Abernathy

Writing Coach

Dani Abernathy is a developmental editor and book coach. She helps fantasy and soft sci-fi authors lift the veil of story, discover the soul of their books, and write emotionally resonant novels. Dani started writing while mothering young children because she needed to have real conversations with someone, even if it was just the characters in her head. She specializes in helping writers uncover the emotional core of their stories so they can punch readers in the heart. You can learn more about Dani at

James Wade


James Wade is an award-winning fiction author with twenty short stories published in various literary journals and magazines. His debut novel, ALL THINGS LEFT WILD, was released on June 16th, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing. James lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jordan. He is an active member of the Writers’ League of Texas.

Jennifer Probst


Jennifer Probst is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including the recently released LOVE ON BEACH AVENUE, which was the #1 book on the Amazon “Romance” category. Her book, THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012 and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.

Kathleen Furin

Writing Coach

Kathleen Furin holds an MSW from Temple University and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. She is a founding book coach with Author Accelerator and a consulting specialist with Just Strategies.

Libbie Hawker


Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is also the author of the runaway bestseller “how-to” guide for writers, TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS! OUTLINE YOUR BOOKS FOR FASTER, BETTER WRITING. When she’s not writing, Libbie can be found in her garden, at her spinning wheel, or hiking the trails of San Juan Island, where she lives with her husband and three naughty cats.

Lidija Hilje

Writing Coach

Lidija Hilje is a book coach and developmental editor specializing in Accessible Literary, Women’s, YA, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction. Her mission is to empower writers to cultivate a sustainable writing routine, take their voice and craft to the next level, and write resonant stories that work. As a former attorney, Lidija understands the importance of knowing the rules before you can (artfully) break them, and is trained to see the bigger picture while also keeping track of all the smaller wheels in motion—a handy skill for both a lawyer and an editor. She adores plants, but still hasn’t figured out how to keep them alive. You can learn more about Lidija by visiting

Tiffany Yates Martin

Developmental Editor

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ, and USA Today bestselling, award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the author of Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She’s led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers’ groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers’ sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox she’s also the author of five published novels. Visit her at or

Six Really Good Reasons to Join HappyWriter


You long for a community of writers

Inside HappyWriter, creative writers like you come together to support one another, get answers to the questions you can’t Google, learn from experts, participate in challenges, and so much more.


You want accountability for your writing life

To get a project finished, writers need both internal and external accountability. HappyWriter uses propulsive gamification to make the writing process lively and progressive.


You want to learn from some of the best authors and coaches in the world

Each month you’ll learn the tips, routines, and processes of some of the world’s best authors through online video content, community discussion, and monthly live author QA sessions.


You want to participate in fun and engaging writing challenges

Jump into a writing challenge to learn a new skill, kick off a project, or finally conquer the mountain of “finishing a project.” 


You want structured, world-class writing development

HappyWriter uses a tiered learning structure. Each quarter, you’ll dive into a new theme such as “Back to Basics.” Every 2-4 weeks during the quarter, you’ll engage with the topic through new lessons, challenges, and community engagement.


(Most of all) You are a storyteller

Above all else, HappyWriter is a home for storytellers. This is the place to learn not just to write, but how to become a writer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HappyWriter?

Inside HappyWriter, creative writers like you come together to support one another, get answers to the questions you can’t Google, learn from experts, participate in challenges, and so much more.

What do I get when I join?

HappyWriter is a combination of what writers need to produce results:

  • A thriving online community organized by interest, writing genre, or anything you’d like! The community is staffed with book coaches who are available to answer all of your writing questions.
  • Accountability programs to help you accomplish your writing goals
  • Monthly live courses taught by world-class writing instructors
  • Monthly author masterclasses
  • Access to writing professionals such as agents, publicists, and editors.

How much does HappyWriter cost?

For Founding Members, HappyWriter is only $199/year. 

Once HappyWriter launches to the general public in late fall 2020, it will be $39/month for membership, or $390/year.

What if I don't like HappyWriter?

If for any reason you don’t find a home in HappyWriter, you can request your money back for 30 days after registration… No questions asked!

How do I ask additional questions?

Feel free to email or!


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