I recently took advantage of Jeff Goin’s free seven day test drive of his Tribe Writers 2.0 course. Because I knew I wanted to write a review even though I wouldn’t be able to sign up for the full course, I plowed through as much as I could in 7 days. Let me tell you, that was no small feat. This course is packed with material. The modules alone are full of excellent information and exercises to help you shape your own writing path, rather than just following someone else’s formula. And then there are the extras. A free membership to Intentional Blogging. Interview after interview with successful writers. Free ebooks. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far, but from what I did accomplish, I would highly recommend this program.
Some of the information was familiar, things I’ve heard from Jeff before in his books, blogs or webinars. But Tribe Writers takes that information and opens it up and breaks it down, so that it is very useful and easy to understand. It’s like the difference between a bud and a blossom.
The format is very easy to use. Each module is broken down into lessons, and each lesson has a video that runs from 5-15 minutes. They are short, but interesting and inspiring. The lesson then has an action step or two, often involving the free workbook that comes with the course. These action steps are the heart of the course, putting you straight on the path to building your platform, honing your voice and becoming the writer you always wanted to be. Do not skip them. They take time and thought, but they are well worth the effort.
I did run into a couple of minor problems. The first was that I couldn’t find the link to the Intentional Blogging course. Jeff’s team got back to me quickly, very graciously explaining that it wasn’t available to the test drive group. Perfectly understandable. As I have already taken that course, I’d recommend it as a good place to start if you want to get a taste of Jeff’s teaching style. Plus it will give you a head start on the “Honing Your Voice” module of Tribe Writers.
The second problem was with the videos, and honestly this may just be my computer, but most of the videos only played the audio with a black screen. I tried several things to fix it, none of which worked. If you experience this problem, contact Jeff’s team. They are happy and quick to help.
Speaking of happy to help, did you know Tribe Writers gets you access to a whole community of writers, some who have completed the course and some who are traveling along with you? They’ll answer questions, network with you and give you a place to share some of your work. From what I know of Jeff’s other communities—The Art of Work Facebook page and My 500 Words Facebook page—the Tribe Writers community will be invaluable.
All in all, it looks like a great program. I haven’t written anything for the last two months, and after just one week in Tribe Writers I am feeling encouraged and inspired. Can you imagine what eight weeks could do for you? I’m going to start saving my pennies! If you are serious about being a writer, you should, too.
Originally posted 2015-08-26 13:42:43.