Shelby Smith

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“WoP showed me how attainable (not easy, but attainable) it is to publish regularly. I got my site and newsletter up, created an “about” page, and now I have an online home. I know what it takes to create and publish a new piece, and I put out more content in 2020 than I had in all previous years of writing combined.”

  • One of my favorite blogs/online writers is: Tim Urban, WaitButWhy.com
  • Best book I’ve read recently is: One Blade of Grass, Henry Shukman
  • My personal blog / EM newsletter link is: https://shelbysmith.co/
  • My current job title is: Head of Learner Success at LingQ

Why did you first sign up for Write of Passage?

I was looking for a way to break into writing online and improve my writing abilities. A friend serendipitously sent me the link to WoP a few weeks before cohort 4 began and I snagged a spot last minute!

What did you like most about the course?  

It’s hard to choose just one element, but if I had to, I’d say the engaged community. It can stay with you for life if you want it to. My second favorite aspect was David’s use of metaphors. 🙂

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

Writing (and publishing) regularly means improving your thinking. Often we write to determine what we think, rather than just to share what we think.

What surprised you about the course?

It was more fun and community-oriented than “homework”-oriented. Much of the work happens in real-time on the live sessions.

 How has Write of Passage impacted your creative output?

WoP showed me how attainable (not easy, but attainable) it is to publish regularly. I got my site and newsletter up, created an “about” page, and now I have an online home. I know what it takes to create and publish a new piece, and I put out more content in 2020 than I had in all previous years of writing combined.

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

Be present and take advantage of as many sessions as you can. Try to connect with people and complete all the work, but don’t sweat it if you fall behind. Continue to be present and don’t be dissuaded if it gets hard. Just have fun and absorb as much as possible.