Reach your peak writing
& publishing aspirations

writing coach and mentor

creative mindskill practices

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Coaching Programs & Services for Authors

Writers Intensives & Tutorials

Train privately or in a group setting with an expert to focus your outline and manuscript.

Author & Book Launch Services

Book design, promo & marketing plans, websites, displays … learn more

Guided Writing Program

Monthly coaching, to help you write a book that sells. We will train you in:

  • great fiction and non-fiction writing
  • knowledge about your voice and audience
  • mind skills that empower you
    with focus and creativity
  • a plan to break in and make your mark in the publishing world driven by your inner fire

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Executive Writing Track

A boutique service, tailored to the demands of the busy professional … learn more

Manuscript Assessment

We help determine manuscript market readiness … learn more

David Hazardphoto: Kurt Gardner

A published author, David Hazard has helped to launch and develop the careers of over 400 writers during more than 40 years in the publishing field. His success in coaching writers comes from his method of training, which engages the whole person, mind and body.

Meet ASCENT Authors
Winning Awards and Recognition … Shaping our culture with powerful new ideas

Ascent Authors have won awards including the Nautilus Book award, Paris and London book awards, the International Book Awards, and an Indie Excellence Finalist award

Dan Sheehan

Author Dan Sheehan

Iraqi War Vet, Bronze Star recipient

First-place Indie publishing award winner … learn more

Susan Wharton Gates

Photo: Susan Wharton Gates

Culture Creator

Former Vice President of Freddie Mac and Business Ethicist … learn more

Eddie Mason

Photo: Eddie Mason Former NFL linebacker, professional trainer and life skills coach. … learn more

Stormie Omartian

Author Stormie Omartian

34-million selling inspirational author

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Jeff VanVonderen

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Emmy® award winning television host of Interventionlearn more

Jeanne Selander Miller

Photo: Jeanne Selander Miller London Book Festival - 1st Place Award

Paris Book Festival - Honorable Mention … learn more

Jeffrey Ritter

Author Jeffrey Ritter

Culture Creator

Digital Security Expert, International Business Consultant, Oxford Lecturer learn more

Lane Dolly

Photo: Lane Dolly Former White House logistics expert and historical novelist … learn more

Jonathan Bardzik

Photo: Jonathan BardzikSelf-taught celebrity chef and organic product spokesman … learn more

Chester Mitchell

Author Chester Mitchell

Leadership Coach,

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Heidi DuPree

Photo: Heidi DuPree

Indie Excellence Finalist,
International Book Awards Winner,
RN, CTN & Holistic Nurse … learn more

George Mallinckrodt

Photo: George Mallinckrodt

Culture Creator

National Voice for Prison Reform … learn more

David challenged me to become a better writer, through incredible insight that can only be gained by decades of experience.

— Christina Brockett, author of The Missing Pages of the Parent Handbook

ASCENT has a unique way of helping writers find their voice and make magic with words.

— Chester Mitchell, author of The Gravel Road to Heaven and The Healing Road To Heaven

Using ASCENT's writing coaching and creative development services, my books have won multiple national and international awards. Phenomenal service.

— Heidi DuPree, author of The Other Medicine that Really Works

ASCENT offers ingenious and creative coaching. I am tremendously grateful to be on the ASCENT team.

— Eddie Mason, author of Playbook for the Game of Life

ASCENT can turn your ideas into successful finished products. Their team of coaches and designers are a critical component of my writing success.

— Dan Sheehan, author of After Action

ASCENT offered mentorship, coaching, and sage advice at every step. The look and feel of my book almost sells itself.

— Jennifer Rundlett, author of My Dancing Day

Self-publishing can be overwhelming. ASCENT's coaching, design and marketing team is expert in the publishing field.

— Louise Babirak, author of Shadow Children

Without ASCENT's coaching, my novels would not have seen the light of day. ASCENT is the reason I reached my highest writing goals. It's as simple as that.

— Lane Dolly, author of the Through Faith and Fire historical fiction series

David Hazard has a gift. He helps writers experience the 'a-ha moment' that makes a book spring vibrantly to life.

— Penelope A. Thoms, author of Seanchai and Living by a River

Faced with your question, 'what is your passion?' and your encouragement to write about it 'with fire,' I realized my writing and my life needed to change.

— Dave Tobin, veteran journalist

ASCENT clients span the globe

ASCENT coaches authors who live all around the world

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Take your first step — Post your aspiration here

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The Ascent Adirondack Writing Sojourn

adirondack The Sojourn is a very limited-registration event, held annually in the wild beauty and solitude of the Adirondack Mountains. For four days and nights, enjoy intensive, one-on-one coaching, small-group instruction and constructive critiques… also evenings beside a mountain lake under the stars, listening to a crackling bonfire and the call of loons and other nightbirds. 8 Writers Maximum.

The five-day Adirondack Writing Sojourn is separate from the Writer's Track. Register for the Sojourn here.

September 2024

The wilderness sanctuary allowed me freedom and the comfort to explore writing from the deep heart. This instruction and coaching caused my writing rise to a new level. David's coaching also helped me to maintain that high level of writing — and to protect my creative space — when I returned to my daily life. Along with those gifts... I'll never forget seeing constellations from the dock under a full moon, making s'mores, discussing our writing with each other....And the friends I made during the Adirondack Writing Sojourn are a priceless, unexpected gift!

— J.R., Washington, DC