Wherever you are on your writing journey, let WriterSpark Academy help take you to the next level.

Stop dreaming and start WRITING.

If you've dreamed of writing a book, now is the time to start turning that dream into a reality. WriterSpark's self-paced, online courses are designed with YOU in mind. Whether you want to write a novel, a mystery, or a memoir, each course will take you through the process. By the time you're finished, you will be well on your way to making your dream of writing a book a reality.

"Bourbon’s class Ready, Set, WRITE! covers about 20 lessons with bonus material. I’ve learned more writing basics from her than I did on my college campus. She’s so very detail oriented and practical.

The examples she uses for each topic are plentiful and relatable. It’s so easy to connect with the direction Bourbon is trying to move you in. I’ve found every lesson of hers invaluable. 

I highly recommend this class. I had tears well up in my eyes when I completed the last lesson. I don’t want to part with learning from her."

-Trace Hartman

"Melissa is a teacher, mentor and encourager. Thanks to her sage advice, I grew as a writer and my piece was selected as a winner at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference."

-M. Leiser

"Melissa guided me through writing my first book, combining smart editing with terrific ideas about plot, story, character arc, and everything else I needed to put my writing in the best position to compete in the market place. More than that, her encouragement and upbeat attitude were lifesavers. After any meeting or phone call with Melissa, I couldn't wait to get back my computer to write. She is everything a writing coach should be, and usually isn't."

-B. Blackwood

Hi! I’m Melissa, founder of WriterSpark Academy.

I’m a national bestselling author, coach, mentor, and teacher. 

And I was once where you are. I had the dream of writing a book, but I didn't know where or how to start. I loved reading, but I didn’t actually know how to craft a story.

I was a daughter, mother, wife, teacher, creative person who had to learn through trial and error how to make it in the publishing world.

I built WriterSpark Academy as a way to pay it forward. I've taken what I've learned in almost two decades in the publishing industry with the goal of helping aspiring writersand writers who want a refresher or need inspirationto the next level.

Every bit of content in each course comes from my own learning and experience, and it has been tried and taught to other people just like you.

Through each course, I’ll be right here with you, accessible through the course forums and through WriterSpark's private community Facebook group.


So, are you ready to take this journey with me?

Ignite your WriterSpark!