Case Study:

Jackie Williams

Jackie Williams - Write of Passage Case Study

“I always thought of writing as a solo pursuit, but now I see that there is so much more to the writing process that benefits from creative collaboration.”

  • One of my favorite blogs/online writers is: Tyler Cowen and his Marginal Revolution blog. He offers varied and interesting takes on economics, social policy, and literature. 
  • Best book I’ve read recently is: Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • My personal blog / EM newsletter link is: Jackie-Williams.net & JackieWilliams.Substack.com/
  • My current job title is: Copywriter

Why did you first sign up for Write of Passage?

I first signed up for Write of Passage because I wanted to be a better citizen of the internet — to learn a better, more sustainable way to write and share my ideas online. And as a fan of David’s blog, I thought there would be a lot to learn from David’s writing process. 

What did you like most about the course?  

I enjoyed the fast-paced nature of WoP, and how it was designed to push us outside our comfort zone. With frequent feedback sessions, Saturday morning writing gatherings, and the push to publish weekly, I was forced to become comfortable with discomfort — every week I felt like I was growing as a writer. 

What’s your #1 takeaway or lesson learned from WoP?

The ability to write substantive, meaningful essays stems from making information consumption and research part of your day-to-day. And, anything you come across that catches your interest, can become the kernel of a blog post. 

What surprised you about the course?

The instant camaraderie I felt with my fellow classmates. We all wanted to help each other become better writers and cultivate a writing community during and after the course. I always thought of writing as a solo pursuit, but now I see that there is so much more to the writing process that benefits from creative collaboration. 

What advice would you give to a new Write of Passage student? 

Attend every live session. Whether you fall behind with the assigned homework or feel a bit overwhelmed, every live session is valuable; you get to chat and share ideas with classmates, receive feedback, ask questions, and receive an insightful lecture on some aspect of writing and distribution. There’s such a wealth of information that it’s worth it to make those live sessions a priority.