Writing Track

Ascent guides you on the right steps, starting with the seedfire of your book concept


Program Overview

Ascent is an international coaching program for authors who want to reach success at writing and publishing. We teach techniques of great writing along with practices that open, clear and focus the creative mind to help you achieve the best results.

We train men and women, professionals and everyday people from all around the world. Join us, and learn why authors from the United States, Asia, Africa and Europe choose our classic mentorship program to launch their career in publishing.

Start by participating in one of our Writing Intensive Workshops or schedule a Private Tutorial.

Either choice makes a great beginning to our full Guided Writing Program. Begin today and receive monthly coaching from a seasoned writing and publishing professional.

Jeff VanVonderenDavid Hazard was the editor on my first three books, and his work went much deeper than the normal editing process. He understood me, and helped to develop each manuscript from its core concept. This made my writing, and each book, much stronger. Undoubtedly, this helped open doors to my career in television.

—Jeff VanVonderen

Co-host of the Emmy Award-winning program, Intervention (A&E)

PART 1: Writing Intensive Workshops

Register for one of the lively Writing Intensive Workshops and enjoy the energy of other writers in a small-group setting. Gain new skills that will revolutionize your creative abilities and writing techniques. Find out more

PART 1 Alternative: Writer’s Private Tutorial

Schedule a Private Tutorial and jumpstart the manuscript you want to start… or move toward completion. This one-day intensive will equip you to write on your own. Find out more

Completion of a Part 1 training prepares you for Part 2.


Guided Writing Program

Our trained professionals will guide and motivate you, month by month, as you write. You’ll also be coached in strategies that increase your creativity and ready you for the publishing world. Find out more


We Also Offer

Coaching for Executives

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Executives who write discover that a well-written book has power — as a way to open new doors, make an important contribution, capstone a career, create a legacy, break ground with new innovative thinking or practical wisdom from experience.

Ascent’s coaching for executives will help you shape the power of your ideas, wisdom and experience into a book that makes an impact in your field … and sells. Learn more.

Author and Book Launch Services

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When your manuscript is completed … we can help you rise above the competition.

Ascent’s author and book launch services include webpage designs, media kits, book cover and page design. Learn more.

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The Ascent Adirondack Writing Sojourn

The Sojourn is a very limited-registration event, held annually in the wild beauty and solitude of the Adirondack Mountains. For five days and six 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.

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

September 2017


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