Arche Year Syllabus


Students enrolled in the Arche Year program will receive weekly online consultation and encouragement with the course instructor. These online meetings and check-ins will have no more than 4 students.

Over the 9-month instructional program, students will attend weekly classes covering the following topics. These classes are open to a larger body of students.

Students will practice these skills and put this information into practice over the course of the program. Successful students will complete the program with a professionally developed novel ready to be shopped to agents or published, as well as a solid author marketing platform and business infrastructure.

This syllabus is subject to change. Last update: August 19, 2020

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Novel Class 

4 week novel-writing intensive will teach students how to develop, organize, and execute nearly any novel concept. Students may bring an existing idea, but the course will also help students to develop ideas from scratch. These classes will be held on 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, and 10/1

Cohort will meet in the weeks 10/15-10/29 to develop and critique outlines.

Industry Knowledge

This seminar series will teach writers about the publishing industry. Students will learn how books are produced, about different types of publishing companies (and scams!), and a paradigm for effectively growing an audience (a “platform”) as an author.

Publishing Industry – 11/5
Book Production – 11/12
Platform Building Basics – 11/19

Defining Your Business

This class series will guide students through the process of setting up a legal entity to do business and protect their interests. Students will be taught basic bookkeeping, and begin to explore creating an author brand.

What You Are – Legal Considerations – 1/7
Who You Are – Identity and Branding – 1/14
Staying Out of Trouble – Record Keeping, Taxes, and Accounting – 1/21

Ask-Me-Anything (Q&A Session) on Saturday, 1/23 at 2pm ET (attendance is optional)


Students will learn how to set up a complete, professional online presence.

Connection Overview and Internet Basics – 1/28
Building a WordPress Website Step-by-step – 2/4
WordPress Basic Operations/Understanding and Q&A – 2/11
Social Media Setup – 2/18
Mailing List Setup and Q&A – 2/25

Ask-Me-Anything (Q&A Session) on Saturday, 2/27 at 2pm ET (attendance is optional)


Students will learn to craft content that brings value to the world and grows their audiences.

Blog Writing – 3/4
Effective Email Newsletters – 3/11
Social Media Content- 3/18
Evergreen Content – 3/25

Ask-Me-Anything (Q&A Session) on Saturday, 3/27 at 2pm ET (attendance is optional)


Students will learn strategies and techniques for gaining new audiences for their content.

Paid & Earned Social Media Exposure – 4/1 
Lead Magnets – 4/8
Networking – 4/15

Ask-Me-Anything (Q&A Session) on Thursday, 4/29 at 7pm ET (attendance is optional)

Next Steps

By this point in the program, students should be completing their novel manuscripts. The final class series will coach students on finding publishing opportunities, avoiding scams, and working with agents, publishers, and self-publishing service providers.

Finding & Evaluating Publishing Opportunities – 5/13
Query Letters – 5/20
Final Question & Answer Session – 5/27

Course Commitment

Students are expected to devote 10 hours per week to the course. This time commitment includes classes and meetings, as well as independent work periods.

Students will put the information from these classes into practice over the course of the program. At the completion of the program, students will have a solid start to their professional author platform.

Students are encouraged to have $1,000 available over the course of the program to invest in themselves. This money will be spent at their discretion, on their behalf, for things such as web hosting, business registration, branding development, and social media promotions. All purchases will be made through third-party vendors of the student’s choosing, at the student’s discretion.

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