It’s that time of year. Many of you have fingertips flying down the homestretch of NaNoWriMo. Some of you published authors are trying to close out the year with releases and sales. Other writers are revising and preparing to submit their work.

2020 has been a year like no other. That is why we are going to do something fun in the Writers’ Mastermind to go out with a bang.

Instead of releasing another masterclass, which I know all of us are overwhelmed as the holidays approach, we are going to create the first ever Writers’ Mastermind Read Your Story Mash-Up Challenge!

What is it?

Each member of the Writers’ Mastermind will read up to 5 minutes of their work on video. It can be a published work or an excerpt of a work-in-progress. Flash fiction, short stories, chapters of novels of any genre are all welcome (please nothing extremely graphic).

Recorded readings will be done on the live Mastermind Mash-Up Zoom call (date and time to be announced) or can be pre-recorded by the author and sent in to be added to the Mash-Up video.

Why do it?

  1. Video is the best way to connect with your audience. They can both see and hear you and get to know your work on an intimate level.
  2. Learning to read to your audience will prepare you for future publicity events (social media lives, book signings, etc.)
  3. We know many authors feel uncomfortable putting themselves out there—not just on video, but in any form. By accepting this challenge with us, you will break the ice when it comes to promoting and sharing your work.
  4. The mash-up will shared on our website, social media, and mailing list. It will also be advertised, giving you and your writing free exposure and opening you up to new readers, friends, and followers.

This is a great opportunity to have some fun, maybe step slightly out of your comfort zone, and become part of a collaborative project with all the other writers in the community.

How to join the mash-up

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for your Free Trial at the Writers’ Mastermind online writing group.
  2. If you are already a member, details will be sent out this week.
  3. Please comment below, or contact with any questions you may have.

Note: if you have a disability that prevents you from reading, we have volunteers to read for you. Please reach out at

See you there!