Online courses, one-on-one writing mentorship, everything you need to get your writing project over the finish line.

We are writing professionals with a serious understanding of the craft.

We are writing professionals who embrace the joy and playfulness of language.

We have the secret sauce.

All our courses have free samples, so check it out! Then drop us a line and let’s speak about your writing project today.

8-Week Writing Bootcamp

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Our flagship course, designed for writers committed to crushing their writing goals. Get your manuscript together in just eight weeks and on the path to publishing. Will be of interest to writers working in fiction and nonfiction, or for those who want to learn the finer points of writing craft. Weekly one-on-one consultations, weekly review and feedback of your work, video lessons, activities, resources, motivation and accountability, your writing coaches in your back pocket. Plus, you get access to all our other online courses and materials. TELL ME MORE!

Creative Cross-training

THIS COURSE COMING SOON!

Creative cross-training to break out of writer’s block or kickstart any writing project. This course contains video lessons and activities built from our book Expressive Subjects. Each of the lessons guides you through a creative process focused on a fun and accessible writing prompt. Plus, you get a free copy of the book! Getting creative with these fun exercises is a sure-fire way to improve your writing, expand vocabulary, focus on nuances of language, and introduce personalized flair to your writer's voice. Check out the free lessons and flex your creative muscles today. TELL ME MORE!

Form and Content

THIS COURSE COMING SOON!

100% FREE micro-course on matching form and content in your writing project. No strings attached, no fine print, easy-peasy. Here's something you can take away with you today that will make a difference in your writing. TELL ME MORE!

Sentenced to Death!

THIS COURSE COMING SOON!

All about crafting great sentences. One of the most overlooked subjects of writing, the sentence is the building block of every writing project. If you write compelling sentences your readers will keep turning the pages. And if you start your writing project (or start your editing) with a clear idea of the kind of sentences you want to write, you're going to find it easier to get to the finish line. This course will be of interest to all writers motivated to improve their craft. Check out the free lessons if you dare put your prose on the chopping block. TELL ME MORE!

Essay Writing Crash Course

THIS COURSE COMING SOON!

A start-to-finish guide to writing an academic paper. This course will primarily be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, or to anyone that wants to brush up on essay writing skills. Check out the “Curriculum” section for some free content to get you going. WARNING: this course is not intended to work with frantic late-night essay writing frenzies!! TELL ME MORE!

Writing Mentorship and Coaching

Along with our stand-alone courses, we offer ongoing writing mentorship and coaching. You get a professional writer and a professional editor at your beck and call. We keep you on track. We keep you motivated. We give you the support and resources you need no matter what stage you are at in your writing journey. Plus, you get access to all our courses and texts. TELL ME MORE!

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Meet the Team

Jon Parsons, Writer-Instructor

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Jon is a writer, researcher, and teacher. He is the author of Everyday Dissent: Politics and Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador, a self-published book based on his journalism.

He has a PhD in English (from Memorial University) and has taught university-level writing courses and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. He has helped hundreds of students improve their writing and learn the fundamentals of effective storytelling.

His writing covers a range of topics and genres with a focus on creative nonfiction:

Erika Steeves, Editor-Instructor

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Erika founded E.S. Editing Services in 2012 and has been working with academics, entrepreneurs, and self-publishing writers ever since. She loves working with driven and creative people, people with big dreams who want to make a difference and share their expertise and insights with the world.

Erika has an MA in Philosophy (from Brock University) and is a longstanding member of Editors Canada. She has worked as an in-house editor for traditional publishing companies, but she’s most fulfilled helping people write books and navigate the ever-evolving world of self-publishing. 

Everyone has a story to tell and Erika loves facilitating that process for writers.

What people say about working with Jon & Erika

"I’ve always loved to write but never thought my writing was good enough for a book. The 8-Week Writing Bootcamp has helped me gain confidence in my writing and refine my message, while giving me enough structure to finally get things done.

For years I procrastinated and set aside my own goals to serve my clients. Jon and Erika helped me realize that by setting aside time to work on this project I would be serving my clients in ways I had never imagined possible.

My favourite part of the program has been the personal attention and feedback I’ve gotten as I’ve worked through each step. The Bookends Writing team provide the perfect environment to get out of your own way and finally get your message out there.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book and aren’t sure where to start, this program is for you!"
"I'm not sure I can express how invaluable working with Erika and Jon on my first self-published book has been.

I came to them in need of direction, guidance and editing to get my finished manuscript ready for publishing. Jon was fantastic in providing structural edits that created a thoughtful flow for the reader and a framework to offer coherence. Erika was wonderful with copy editing and proofreading, ensuring that my message was clear and concise and formatted the final draft beautifully, paying attention to details I would have easily missed or overlooked.

Both were encouraging, knowledgeable and highly skilled and together walked me through the entire process and helped me create something I was proud to publish.

I'm so grateful to have had their support and services through this process and am looking forward to working with them again."