Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Who Else Wants the Audience Their Words Deserve?

If there’s one thing that bugs me as a writer, one thing I can’t stand as an artist, it’s this: The world’s best writers aren’t always the ones getting the most attention. Why is that?

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For years, I looked at mediocre bloggers making a dent in the Internet and grimaced. I seethed and passed judgment, while growing bitter. I thought I could do better. But I was kidding myself.

I wasted a lot of time talking about writing, even thinking about it, but did very little of it myself. I was a fake. Then I had an epiphany…

Three years ago, my life, and my writing, started to change. I began calling my own bluff. I stopped talking and started doing. It all came down to a fundamental shift in what I believed about myself. I stopped saying I wanted to write and began calling myself a writer. Then I started acting like it.

The results were staggering. Over the course of eight months, I had:

  • over 100,000 monthly blog readers,
  • a book contract, and
  • more attention than I knew what to do with it.

I wondered: What if one day, I could share this process with others?

This took two years to build

Two years ago, I launched an online course that took me over eight months to build. Since then, we’ve been tweaking things, making it the best online community writers we could.

Finally, I gave into the requests I was getting via email to teach what I had learned about writing and building an audience.

Initially, we opened registration to a small group of readers. Immediately, I was overwhelmed by the response: over 450 people signed up to be part of the charter group.

Together, students and teacher, we went through the content (a total of 30+ multimedia lessons and over a dozen expert interviews), covering the following material in four modules:

  1. How to hone your writing voice and find a worldview that resonates with an audience
  2. The importance of establishing a platform and building a list
  3. What it takes to expand your reach and serve your way into relationship
  4. Why you need to get published and share your work with the world

As we went along, students gave feedback and critiques on the lessons. When they finished, I spent another month applying what they’d told me, just because I wanted it to be the best it could be.

One of the most rewarding things I’ve done

We called the finished product Tribe Writers: an online membership program to help you find the audience your writing deserves. And it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done with my platform so far.

Sure, it took the greater part of a year to build and maybe I could’ve rushed the process, but this is something I’m proud of.

Despite friends telling me I’m crazy for charging less than the market rate, I wanted to make something not for the social elite, but for anyone who wanted to improve their craft.

The course opens up for registration a few times per year, and each time we add a new feature. It’s something that gets better with time. Which means now is the best time to join.

Tribe Writers is more than a one-and-done course. It’s a dynamic, creative community that will support you in meeting your lifelong writing goals.

It lasts eight weeks, consisting of 30+ multimedia lessons broken into four modules, weekly emails, an online discussion forum, and other special features (which we’re always updating and improving).

Five reasons to join now

Because I believe in over-delivering, I’ve included five incentives to sign up for this next class:

  • LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to a community of 2000+ writers
  • ACCESS TO ME through monthly conference calls
  • BONUS CONTENT, including expert interviews with NY Times best-selling authors and popular bloggers (in addition to audio, video, and text lessons)
  • ONLINE SUPPORT to answer all your questions (plus access to archived conference calls and other teachings from previous classes)
  • FREE STUFF worth over $500 (just for signing up)

When you join Tribe Writers, you’ll immediately get the chance to join a group of writers who are all going through the same struggles you’re experiencing and who want to help you win with your words.

Through the process, you will get coaching and encouragement, maybe even some lifelong friends.

What the students say

I asked some of students to share what they got out of the course, and here’s what they said:

Jeff has provided invaluable material at a frightfully low price. The contributions and links the rest of you have made have taught me a lot as well. I may have a master’s degree in writing, but now I feel I have the tools necessary to reach my readers.
—Eric von Mizener

Starting from nothing — no drafts, no writings, no concepts — I have in the short span of eight weeks created a self-hosted blog with content, learned how to write for an authentic audience and found the deeper meaning of what it means to be a writer.
—Jennifer Humble

Before this course, I was afraid to publish an ebook and take the steps required to grow my blog. Now I’ve finished an e-book/manifesto and have tripled the size of my blog subscriber list.
—James Prescott

Before this course I wrote 100 words a day. Now, I write 1,000 to 2,000 a day.
—Devan Crable

Tribe Writers reignited my passion for writing and blogging! Even if you already know what you are doing (or think you do) this course will take to the next level and a few levels above that one!
—Bryan Hutchinson

You can read more of these and hear a whole lot more about the course here.

Time to find your tribe

Ever wondered what it takes to get your writing noticed? This course will tell you. It’s a marketing course for writers and a writing course for marketers. I think you’ll like it.

Tribe Writers does, in my opinion, what so few courses do. It combines the craft of writing with practical elements of online marketing, all designed to make you a better writer and help your message spread.

If you’re thinking about this, I encourage you to give it a try! There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can always ask for a refund if it’s not what you thought.

The world needs your message. I really believe that. Whether you go through Tribe Writers or not, I hope you will share it. Find out more about Tribe Writers and get started building the audience your words deserve by clicking here.

What would joining Tribe Writers do for you? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Looks interesting, Jeff.  I’ll have to mull it over.

    • Thanks, Dan. Let me know if you have any questions. The cool thing about the guarantee is you can always get the course and turn around to ask for a refund if it’s not what you expect or want.

    • Dan – you have nothing to lose with Jeff’s guarantee. But as a student who just finished the course, I can tell you that you will gain so much. The information is beyond value if you are even beginning to think of writing. I love the work at your pace nature of the course and that I always have access to go back and review the information. It was one of the best decisions I made this year. A huge thanks to Jeff!

  • Naomi Hattaway

    I’m “in” but your deadline shows as October 17th (we’re almost in 2013!)   🙂

    • Yowza! Nice catch. Thank you, Naomi. Let me know if you have any trouble registering.

  • Bryan Hutchinson

    This course is outstanding. Jeff’s talent for teaching is the best. The content and lessons are far beyond the price. Keep rocking it Jeff!

    • thank you sir.

      • Sir? OMG! Hey, got your image and link up on my blog’s sidebar. As you know I’ve never advertised on my blogs for anyone in the sidebars, so I think that’s ’nuff said about how I feel about this course! 🙂

  • I am proud to have been part of Jeff’s first class. I just emailed him a few minutes ago to point out a typo in this post. He responded within minutes. Goins is accessible, and human. I have learned so much from this his class.  Before this course, I talked about writing, and read books about writing. I now call myself a writer, and I write.
    This course gave me the tools I need to write and market my work. 

  • I cannot recommend this course enough! It’s really changed everything for me.   The content and community have already proven priceless. It’s been such a jump start, not only to my writing but also exponentially in building my platform. Honestly, it’s 8 weeks that could change your life. 

  • Congrats on the course, Jeff. And by the way, nice adaptation of a classic headline; it caught my attention right away.

  • As one of the orginal Tribeie (works for Trekkies), this course was worth the money — helping me to be encourged as some of the things I was already doing well while taking other areas up a notch. Like Nike says, just do it!

  • Course looks good Jeff, congrats. It’s amazing to watch the transformation and how you’re leading the way now, very inspiring.

  •  “I wasted a lot of time talking about writing, even thinking about it, but did very little of it myself.” I almost choked on my breakfast when I read that… it soooo describes what I do.  I look forward to reading your work and will be giving this offer some thought! 

  • staci troilo

    Been there, done that… SO GLAD I DID! The course is amazing and the benefits are too many to list. In addition to improving as a writer and a blogger, I improved as a person, and met so many wonderful people in the process. If you’re on the fence, jump off on the tribe side.

  • Thanks Jeff for the incredible experience! I came to this course with no idea where to start regarding the content development of a blog. As a teenager I yearned to write, but life diverted me from that path. To rekindle my youth I dabbled in a writing class many years ago, but when I arrived home the exercises were tossed aside, never looked upon again. They lost their way in time. Over a year ago I wrote a devotional for Advent that went in our small church bulletin. It rekindled my joy in writing, but I had no idea what it meant to be a writer nor did I know how to start from scratch. I did not know how to generate ideas that came from within me. Tribe Writers taught me how. With the encouraging community, insightful content and valuable resources provided in the course, I can now proudly proclaim-I am a writer.

  • Peter F. Morneault

    I hesitated and struggled to make a decision to take this class.  I thought, “I could use the money to pay bills.” I changed my perspective. I decided that it was not a purchase I was making. It was an INVESTMENT IN MYSELF. And let me tell you, this class pays handsome dividends. It’s not just a class. It’s a community of like minded individuals who offer support and suggestions to help one another grow as writers. Do yourself a favor, make the sacrifices you need to make and invest in yourself. You will not be disappointed.

  • Jeff, nice work creating and shipping this for the Christmas season! It looks amazing. I’ve got some traction right now in my writing, but have a project that I really want to ship in January – this may be the inciting incident I need to follow through on finishing it.

    • thanks, Aaron! would love to have. let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

      •  Thanks Jeff, so I’m in that category where I’m now disciplined enough where I’m writing for about 200 – 300 words a day on a fiction project. I’m also working on a non-fiction project that I plan to launch in early January. Could you respond a bit to how you think this course would benefit someone in my shoes?

  • I just finished this course.

    When I started it I was too chicken write on the discussion
    pages. Not now.

    Now I feel at home with the Tribe Writers community and I

    I have learned a ton of techy stuff too. I haven’t progressed
    in steps, no, more like leaps and bounds!

  • annepeterson

    Going through this class was one of the best decisions I have made in my writing career. Week after week, we listened to interviews from people who are where I want to be. Each section stretched me, helping me move in the direction I needed to go. Surrounded by like-minded writers, I felt encouragement with every word I shared. This is an investment. But it’s not just for you, it’s for those who will one day pick up a book you wrote. I’m so thankful I took this course. So thankful.

  • You certainly won’t be disappointed by the amazing amount of content Jeff offers in this course. If you’re even thinking about taking the next step in writing, then I would get this course. 

  • Erin Joy Henry

    Jeff’s course motivated me to go pro and really do this! There are no more excuses for not knowing how since this course. Everyone has a blog today- few have an audience. I have not even finished TribeWriters yet, but I am getting more people connecting to me through my blog as followers via guest posts I write for The Huffington Post and other online sites than ever. Jeff teaches you the technique to master this fine art. I can’t wait to dive into the next module. 

  • This course is full of amazing content! It has something for everyone, no matter where they are with their writing. I’m looking forward to going through it all over again and to see the new additions.

  • Anastacia Maness

    I really like the self paced nature of this course. With 6 kids that I homeschool it really helped me to know that I could come back to this course any time I want.  In fact there is so much information that I know I’ll be coming back to it again and again. Thank you, Jeff, for giving me the boost I needed to get my writing off the ground.  

  • I am NOT a writer! 

    Or at least that is what I always thought. But I knew as a speaker I needed to build a tribe and I wanted to publish a book. I decide to try Tribe Writers. 

    Jeff’s lessons were just what I needed. His main message of focusing on how you can add value to people’s lives and being generous has produced amazing results. In the 8 weeks since enrolling in the course email subscriber list has jumped up 113%, I have a book in hand, and am finishing up formatting another ebook. 

    I’m amazed at what this one course has done for me. Never mind the jump in email subscribers and traffic. I know sit down every day and write. I’m turning my thoughts into products and information to be shared like never before. 

    This non-writer has discovered something pretty amazing… I am a writer.

  • I expected to learn new things, but was truly surprised to see how MUCH there was I didn’t know. I will be retaking the course to absorb things even deeper, one of the best professional experiences I have had.

  • renee

    Tribe Writers has been an amazing experience.  Jeff has helped me every step of the way!  I remember the first time I emailed Jeff–I was thinking he is too busy to answer my question.  Jeff answers email.  Jeff is extremely generous.  Jeff wanted me to succeed–and he want that for you as well.  This class has been a blessing for me.

  • Signing up for this course was the best decision I made. This course, the online community and Jeff Goins rocks!  Whoever is reads this comment and is on the fence, I encourage you to sign up, I promise you won’t be sorry.

  • DS

    This is a big step Jeff.  Congrats on taking the plunge!

  • Diane

    Jeff:  I would consider myself a brand new writer–no website or blog up yet and no paid or spec assignments yet–is your course designed for seasoned writers and newbies alike?


    • I’m sure Jeff will reply here, but having been through the course I’d say YES! It’s for writers, whether brand new or already published! 

    • well, i know it sounds silly to say both, but i think we cover a broad spectrum. this wasn’t designed for any particular niche, but rather a process that could be applied to any stage of a person’s writing career.

      we’ve have over 450 students so far, ranging from brand-new writers (some weren’t even willing to call themselves that) to those who had been publishing their work for decades. if you are trying to get your words noticed, this is great for any skill level (FYI: I cover some basics of getting started writing, finding your voice, and even how to set up a blog).

    •  Diane- You’ll be amazed at the amount (and detail) of help this course provides – even things like “How to set up your website/blog” – for real.

    •  Diane~
      One of the great things about this course is that it is geared for any level. I NEVER thought I could set up a website-let alone blog-but I have accomplished both. Next I plan an e-book! The support from the rest of the “Tribe” is like nothing I’ve ever encountered before. Jeff is so supportive and accessible too.
      To have the information and resources available for life is priceless. I hope you decide to sign on for it. Have a nice holiday!

    • annepeterson

      Yes. It is for writers at any level. Wherever you start, expect to go further.

  • I really encourage you to sign up for this course!  The material is amazing and you will learn so much no matter where you are in your writing journey.  This course gave me the confidence to put my writing out into the world and the steps I need to take to gain an audience.  Best of all is the Tribe Writers community!  Everyone is willing to share ideas, support, and offer help. 

  • Kristen Tammaro

    Hi Jeff,
    This all looks great! My concern is that I am not a writer and I am figuring out blogging as I go. I know I need to improve my skills but I am not sure if this is too far ahead for me or I will be able to jump right in and build on what I already know.

    • Kristen, if you take the course you’ll find that if you write, I believe you ARE a writer. If you’re ready to take that plunge, I encourage you to sign up. There’s a great community of peers that would love to encourage you.

    • Rick Gibbs


      I’m also brand new to blogging, but felt right at home from the start!

      I encourage you to join!

    • annepeterson

      Kristen, one of the best things about this course is the willingness of others to help you. Kiddingly I said one day, “no writer left behind,” There is truth to that. People who learn are then more than willing to share their knowledge with someone else. One of the most appealing things is that it is lifetime. So, you can go at your own pace and be pretty certain there are others beside you. This is my 2nd time through because I love it and I have other things I want to accomplish. Come join us.

  • Jeff, I kept on writing for years. I fought thoughts  of turning it into a book, until you came and made me believe that I am a writer and I have to share with the world my story! The course you offered and the support that came along, yours and the Tribe’s, took me from journaling, to editing, to blogging, to building and belonging to a community, to getting ready to publish my book. Folowing what everyone has accomplished, all the hidden talents manifesting in such a short time, is an amazing experience! Thank you Jeff! God bless you for your love and generosity!

  • This course taught me how to learn again.  Great, heartfelt content from Jeff, and the community has had a profound affect on how I view my writing.  T h a n k   Y o u!

  • Nicole White

    looking forward to the course

  • Things I gained from taking this course:  clarity of purpose, courage to publish, community of supportive fellow writers, confidence in my ability, can-do attitude.  (I already had a love of alliteration.)  If you’re reading this, don’t hesitate for a moment, it is completely worthwhile.  I will be retaking the course, hope to see you all there (virtually, of course.)

  • Lotta

    This is not just any course. It is The Course! It truly changes your life, it makes it better! Jeff Goins organizes the course superbly, always full of support and respect for us, the participants. The material is truly, truly helpful. The group is magnificent! Always present for each other! Join!

  • Glenda Harbison

    Tribe Writers continues to be a wonderful experience for me.  Excellent material and meaningful feedback has made me feel authenticated as a “real”writer.  In the midst of that hectic whirl we call life, my desire to write had gone somewhat dormant over the years.  Thankfully, it was still there, and has been rekindled by this course and the community of writers within it.   

  • This class change my life!
    I highly recommend you sign up! 

  • Brianna Wasson

    I have seriously learned so much from Jeff and this course! Probably the most drastic change for me has been learning how to network. Jeff’s teaching has helped me realize that to have a platform, to write with purpose, is to be a leader. So — he’s taught me through this course how to lead well with my writing. He has helped me strengthen my writing skills and start building the foundations of what I believe are a strong platform so I can be a better leader through my writing. Thank you, Jeff! Truly.

  • Taking this course has been a highlight of the year for me. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to advance as a writer; it’s an opportunity you can’t afford to give up.

  • Before I took this class I was alone. Now I am part of a Tribe of Writers. Jeff Goins is not a used car salesman. He is honest and delivers value. 

  • This course was packed with so much valuable information.  Much of which I am still going through at my own pace.  Thank you again, Jeff. 

  • The amount of material in this course is amazing. I’m still working through the material. I like it that I can work at my own pace. I like to think a lot as I’m learning new things.

    • Love having you, Polly. Thanks for taking your time to do it right!

  • Jeff is a generous mentor who draws together more generous people to a tribe of writers who are at varying levels of writing, various stages of publishing (or not)…and all cheering one another on. This is a practical and encouraging, inspiring course. And the ability to take the course over and over again, plus the money back guarantee? Well, nothing to lose and so much to gain!!

  • I’m a do-over.  I’m a drop-out—well not really a drop out.  I like to think positive so I’m thinking of it as more of a drop-in.  I started the course and never finished.  Partly because I liked each section so much,  I read and listened to it two or three times.  Which makes it kind of hard to finish the first week in well… a week.  I finally finished the first week and whenI looked at the date oh my goodness everyone else was on the eighth week.  But guess what?  Like the tortoise, I’m determined to finish the race.

  • Looking forward to working through your course and moving my platform forward. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to helping others. 

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  • Before I took this class I was alone. Now I am part of a Tribe of Writers. Jeff Goins is not a used car salesman. He is honest and delivers value. 

  • Tyerone Johnson

    It’s been about a month since I started the course and I’ve seen a ton of improvement in both the content and quality of my writing. I’ve also learned how to have a presence on social media sites and have begun building my tribe via twitter and my blog. I encourage anyone serious about writing to take Jeff’s course. You won’t regret it and you’ll also meet a ton of friendly people who’ll encourage you during those rough patches we all go through in the writing and life.

  • Jeff, I signed up last night! I’m so excited to learn from you and the others in the Tribe! Is there a logo or badge we can put on our site as a sign of being a community member?

  • This looks excellent, like it was tailor made for me. I’ll certainly be joining very soon!

    • Awesome, Apri! Can’t wait to have you.

  • Writers are simply people that write. A simple truth that we all tend to ignore.Hope to take the course when money isn’t an obstacle like it is for this season! Good Luck All you fellow writers!

    • You’re so right, David. If you write, you’re a writer. Now go get better.

  • Congrats Jeff, I hear really good things from people taking the course. I’m glad for a course like this that adds value to the internet, there is a lot of garbage out there.

    • Thanks, Kimanzi. We sure do have a lot of fun.

  • Great work, Jeff. I’m building my tribe, although I’m thinking about calling it a “cult,” because of my own story about my childhood in a “cult.” You’re absolutely right about “doing.” That’s the key.

    • Interesting, Dan. Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Hey Jeff, long time no see. I just wanted to let you know that after taking your course and you helping me get started, I have had three books published with another deal signed, and the blog just got its 2,000,000th view. Thanks for the inspiration and help.

  • Tribe Writers is on my list – hopeful to sign up soon…I’ve heard great things.


    This sounds great! But unfortunately with my current employment as a ..student, and the need to save money for my study year abroad, I can’t afford this yet. I hope you keep this going because I’d want to join in the future!

  • Thanks for giving me the useful information. I think I need it. Thank you

  • DS

    Reading your blog post headline reminds me of some of Michael Hyatt’s secret sauce! Good stuff Jeff!

  • Very useful and supportive article. I wish I can do all of
    that in a short period of time.

  • “I stopped saying I wanted to write and began calling myself a writer. Then I started acting like it.” I know what you mean!
    I said all of last year that I wanted to write a book. But it wasn’t until I went to a writers workshop that I heard an author needs a platform! I think I wrote 3 blog posts in 2013! Surprise! I hadn’t built a platform and I wasn’t writing. I have now started blogging regularly and have added followers each week. I get hits from all over now and although I think my biggest day has been 12 hits, it’s going up fast. I feel like a writer and am “acting like it”. Love your posts and messages.

  • Tribe Writers is an outstanding course and I learned a ton. It’s one thing to write good content, but to build a following and grow an audience there’s much more to learn. Thanks for providing this material, Jeff, it has been a worthwhile investment!

    • Thanks, John! I’m honored to have you as a student.

  • Noel

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge to up and coming bloggers like us. I would take your course in a heartbeat if I had the money but I may have to pass for now. In any case, this is a great opportunity for everyone who’s into blogging.


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  • Jeff – I wrote a blog about this very thing last night and actually referenced you as being one of the main catalyst for seeing myself as a writer. Thank you very much for allowing us to witness a real life transformation from “an unsure, self-doubter who struggled with consistency to a confident successful writer with a huge following.” I plan to enroll in the next TribeWriter course. Thanks again. – Cork Hutson https://www.corkhutson.com/i-know-im-a-writer-because-ive-quit-so-many-times/

  • Anh

    Hey Jeff,

    Merry Christmas. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    I just reached your page as I was Googling the question “Can a bad writer become better?” and I love the focus of your blog: writing.

    I have ventured into blogging several times and have always quit. I joked a few years back that I like the concept of writing but actually hated writing. Now fast forward a few years later, I am starting to enjoy it more and more.

    I find it tedious at times and I doubt my ability as a writer — hence googling the question.

    Anyways, I hope to continue reading your blog, the advice you provide, and hopefully convince myself to join the Tribe as an aspiring writer.

    Thank you for your support!

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