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About Us

The Writer's Workout formed from a love of competition and encouragement. We are writers of different backgrounds, ideas, influences, and skill levels. From authors published several times over, to poets featured in anthologies, to new writers just starting out, we have one important thing in common: a love of the written word.  

​Every writer approaches writing differently so we focus on the foundations of writing to help each creative improve at their own pace. Our motivation, challenges, and feedback help you be a better writer.

The Writer's Workout main activities:

Back to Basics – a monthly skills-based challenge to help you build a stronger writing foundation. Each Back to Basics course includes a challenge you can submit for feedback. 

Better Writer Subscription Service – includes constructive criticism for up to 7,500 words each month and feedback for each monthly Back to Basics course.

Tales – an annual themed anthology.

The Writer's Games – a series of six weekly prompts (called Events), short deadlines, feedback for every entry, blind judgement, and published winners. This free competition requires registration in advance.

WayWords – a quarterly literary journal with a central theme.

Founded in 2014 with just 44 members, The Writer's Workout is now global with members in more than twenty countries across six continents. We strive to provide a motivating atmosphere that fosters self-growth and development through encouraging language and education. We want to help you be a better writer.

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Meet the team!

The WW team is truly exceptional. Every volunteer works hard every day with only one goal in mind: to help writers grow. Your success is their motivation!

 

Izhan Arif

Prose Review/Back to Basics, Education

Izhan is currently a college student studying to become an English teacher where he hopes to share his love of literature with others. Izhan enjoys reading comic books and is a big fan of the medium. As a Challenge Coordinator for the Writer's Workout, Izhan is always trying to create compelling challenges that spark the creativity inside of writers and help them to improve.  Some things Izhan enjoys are writing short stories and comic-book scripts.

 

Seth Cupery

Editor, Publications

A recent college graduate with a bachelor's degree in the humanities, Seth considers himself a historian as well as a writer. He enjoys reading incredibly long books about science fiction and fantasy, including both narrative works and guides to worlds that don’t exist. He is currently in the process of writing several novels, and is confident that he will one day actually finish a rough draft; in the meantime he works as a small-town librarian, running a blog by the name of The Archivist’s Pen in his free time (when he isn’t playing video games, that is).

Seth also sleeps with a mailbox-sized wooden hammer under his bed—just in case...

Bernadette Holmes

Contest Curator, Education

Bernadette likes shiny sharp-edged words like vivacious and voracious, and soft blurry words like crepuscular and flurried, and bold ringing words like brazen and pragmatic. She plays with words a lot and writes all sorts of weird things. Her other hobbies include knitting, crochet, hoarding books, hand-lettering, and whatever shiny new thing she picked up in the last two minutes (there are a lot of those). You can check out some of her stories on her blog, brazenbookwyrm.com.

Sofie Leggett

Prose Review, Education // Editor, Publications

Sofie is a student studying creative writing, Spanish, and music. She enjoyed playing the cello, drawing, watching TV, and of course, reading and writing. Historical fiction and mystery and her favorite genres to read, but she writes all types of fiction. Sofie also enjoys exploring writing in other mediums, such as video games, film, and television.

Jessica Morris-Reade

Editor, Publications

Jessica lives in the back-end of nowhere with her cat, partner, and two children. Straddling the border of New Mexico and Texas, Jessica enjoys long hikes through a barren desert environment that’s dotted with hidden pockets of beauty (if you know where to look), going to the shooting range and exterminating plastic bottles, and, of course, reading and writing. Jessica works as a freelance editor, and while she enjoys writing historical fiction, Jessica’s library is full of fantasy, romance, westerns, and the occasional sci-fi.

Lindsey Odorizzi

Blog Curator, Brand // Editor, Publications

Lindsey is currently working towards her BA in English and Creative Writing at Brandeis University. She loves writing short stories and has more recently taken an interest in writing poetry. She is also an Editor-in-Chief for her school literary magazine, Laurel Moon. You can usually find her reading, crocheting, watching Marvel movies, or bothering her cat, Sister. She hopes to be a writer and an editor in the future to continue to help others improve their writing. 

Michael Parker, Jr.

Prose Review // Video Production, Education

Michael is the typical workaholic who always has to be doing something! When he's not busy losing hair over work, you can find him catching up on his backlog of fantasy novels he's reading ever so slowly. When he's not reading, Michael writes stories in the dead of night like the owl he is. He is glad to be part of a community of writers supporting writers. 

Srivalli Rekha

Contributor, Brand

An MBA graduate, Srivalli Rekha also has an MA in English Literature. She loves to write, blog, cook, bake, take pictures, draw and craft silly things. Nature is her greatest inspiration. 

She has contributed to anthologies by The Writer's Workout, ArtoonsInn Room9 Publications, and The Hive, along with many other publications. She has self-published two ebooks on Amazon and is working on two more. 

Srivalli is a part of the editorial board of The Hive. She is also a book reviewer and a member of NetGalley and Book Sirens. A poet at heart, she posts her poems (and book reviews) on her Blog

You can connect with Srivalli on Goodreads and Instagram

Réven Widener

Editor, Publications

Réven went from palmetto trees to the Smokies—she’s a South Carolina native now residing in east Tennessee. Faith, family, and friends make her complete. She is a full-time editor but helps others write confidently through her writing review services on the side. She also enjoys writing poetry, reading creative nonfiction and fiction, eating banana pudding without bananas, and racing her husband in Mario Kart if they’re not whisked away to a soccer tournament he’s coaching in.

You can connect with Réven on Instagram: @musings.of.sunshine 

EJ Fowler

Director of Social Media

EJ's introduction to The Writer's Workout was as an intern during the 2017 Writer's Games, where her passion for engaging with writers and talking about how writing works led her to becoming the Director of Social Media. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, Writing, and a minor in Applied Linguistics.

 

In the massive folder of WIPs on EJ's computer, you'll find everything from Nancy Drew-like mysteries to stories that take place in witch academies with plenty of surrealist fiction in between. Her biggest passion is bringing casually diverse narratives to the young adult genre, as well as stories that remind us that not everything has to be dark and gritty to be worth reading. 

 

When she's not writing, EJ usually has a crochet hook in her hand: writing and crochet have been her passions for well over a decade. She likes to crochet everything from grid-design blankets, to stuffed animal sweaters, to jellyfish hats. Recently, she has also been spending a lot of time taking care of her and her partner's new kitten: Ophelia, who lovingly goes by Ophie (@ophiethekitten) as she loves to sit on keyboards and play with hair ties. Keep up with EJ on Instagram: @andromeda_falls

Email: Emily.Fowler@writersworkout.net for information about all our social media accounts and cross-promotion.

Sarah Perchikoff

Director of Brand

Sarah Perchikoff is a writer of many different things: novels, short stories, articles, and blog posts. When she's not writing or editing (or procrastinating), she likes to play with her dog, Gracie, and read way too many books and blog about them at Bookish Rantings. She’s also known to hoard Sour Patch Kids, spend too much time on social media, and eat as many french fries as possible. Sarah currently lives in Michigan where she, unsuccessfully, tries to stay warm. 

Cindy McWilliams

Co-Founder, CFO, HR

Cindy writes in a mixture of genres from contemporary romance and YA fantasy to historical horror and everything in between. She is particularly fond of Southern Gothic Horror and YA contemporary. She loves reading in almost every genre, but has a particular enjoyment for public health nonfiction and Middle Grade fantasy. When she's not reading or putting words on paper, she spends time with her long-suffering husband and two furkids. 

Email: Cindy.McWilliams@writersworkout.net for information about acquisitions, publications, and career opportunities.

Theresa Green

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Theresa enjoys wild tales with psychological twists, crime, history, and elements of magic. Theresa believes in the power of continual learning and encourages members of The Writer's Workout to strive for greatness in understanding writing concepts and theory. 

As one of the founders, Theresa is consistently inspired by the Writer's Workout community. Its ability to grow and evolve motivates her to keep pushing boundaries and learning new things. Connect with Theresa on Twitter: @kuzitiz.

Email: Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net for information about The Writer's Games, internships, subscriptions, and general company information. 

Want to join the Writer's Workout team?

 

Check out our open positions (Careers) or send us an email and ask how you can help spread the love of words to writers around the world!

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