The Writer’s Map

A deep dive into your story…and you as a storyteller. You’ll learn how to take back control of your creativity, break out of old ways of thinking, and learn timeless craft techniques in new and fresh ways so you can look at your book like never before. Detailed and step-by-step, this is the map to your creative treasure. Write the book of your heart on your terms.

The Writer’s Map

A deep dive into your story…and you as a storyteller. You’ll learn how to take back control of your creativity, break out of old ways of thinking, and learn timeless craft techniques in new and fresh ways so you can look at your book like never before. Detailed and step-by-step, this is the map to your creative treasure. Write the book of your heart on your terms.

The Writer’s Map

A deep dive into your story…and you as a storyteller. You’ll learn how to take back control of your creativity, break out of old ways of thinking, and learn timeless craft techniques in new and fresh ways so you can look at your book like never before. Detailed and step-by-step, this is the map to your creative treasure. Write the book of your heart on your terms.

What is The Writer’s Map?

Easy to follow. Structured. Fun. Actionable. Ah-ha moments guaranteed! The Writer’s Map is a course designed for your success, so you can stop spending years working on the same story only to end up with a book that you know isn’t working but still can’t pinpoint why. It’s actionable instruction so you can avoid those nasty pitfalls, road blocks, dead ends and other creative cul-de-sacs that keep you stuck and frustrated. It’s a full on experience that shows you exactly what to do so you and your book can go the distance.

You’ll get answers, examples, clear explanations, detailed direction, plus lots of support. The Writer’s Map WILL level up your storytelling abilities.

Take a look at the Full Program Tour.

What is The Writer’s Map?

Easy to follow. Structured. Fun. Actionable. Ah-ha moments guaranteed! The Writer’s Map is a course designed for your success, so you can stop spending years working on the same story only to end up with a book that you know isn’t working but still can’t pinpoint why. It’s actionable instruction so you can avoid those nasty pitfalls, road blocks, dead ends and other creative cul-de-sacs that keep you stuck and frustrated. It’s a full on experience that shows you exactly what to do so you and your book can go the distance.

You’ll get answers, examples, clear explanations, detailed direction, plus lots of support. The Writer’s Map WILL level up your storytelling abilities.

Take a look at the Full Program Tour.

"Her feedback is smart, thoughtful and always helps make for a better book. I highly recommend Bethany's service to authors in need of an extra set of eagle eyes attached to a very astute mind."

– Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of the Original Sinners series

Get off the road to nowhere! Here’s what you’ll learn:

Write your book with the edit in mind, so you can save time and frustration by avoiding all too common outlining, writing, and editing mistakes from the start! No more deleting ENTIRE CHUNKS OF STORY.

Get organized both mentally and physically so you can turbo charge your creativity.

Explore your idea and theme vaults so you know exactly which ones to drive with.

Learn the 3 core pillars of storytelling that will put you on the fast track.

Create characters that matter, arc, and transform.

Structure plots that escalate, surprise, and make us tell our friends about.

Gain incredible confidence in your work and who you are as a storyteller.

Braid craft mechanics with timeless storytelling principles without overwhelm.

 Finish your damn book! And love doing it!

And much more!

Forget the scenic route! Know exactly where you’re going and how to get there. Here’s how it works:

The Full Course! This is the total journey to get you from A to Z, from start to finish, from burnt out to burning passion. If this was an exercise dvd, it wouldn’t just focus on one area like arms or legs. Oh no! The Writer’s Map is a full body workout! Just consider me your Tamilee Webb. 

Office Hours. Every month I hope on for Office Hours, where you can ask your questions and get answers in real time.

Community Support. It won’t just be me answering your q’s. The whole community can chime in and cheerlead.

Private Slack channel! Share your pet pics! Share your wins! Find your new beta reader bestie!

Fun! This is an experience for sure! I’ll be going over a TON and I’ll be asking you questions, too. It’ll be intensive, but it’ll be fun! 

Bethany’s feedback is just what I needed. She helped me with my novel, giving me encouraging comments as well as notes on how to make my prose, dialogue and action stronger. She is insightful as a reader and has a great mind for how to play to an author’s strengths.”

Catherine Bakewell, YA and MG author repped by New Leaf Literary and Media, Inc.

“Bethany is not only a force of positivity, but she also has a sharp eye for improvement across both the sweeping plot level and line-by-line revisions. She’s a synopsis magician and an editing master. You couldn’t ask to have a better editor in your corner!”

T.C. Kemper, MG author repped by the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

“Working with Bethany was such a pleasure! She is knowledgeable, honest and an excellent communicator. She was able to pinpoint weaknesses in my work and provide feedback on how to overcome them.”

Toyin Adekola, women’s fiction author repped by Writers House

“When I needed her most, Bethany came to my rescue with succinct edits and a can-do attitude. Her suggestions were thoughtful, insightful, and made my work shine in a way I never would have been able to do on my own.”

Anthony Nerada, YA author repped by the Deborah Harris Agency

Working with Bethany changed how I see my stories. Not only was she encouraging and a veritable cheer squad, she knew when and where to apply supportive pressure to dig deeper into the parts of my writing that needed it. Her enthusiasm made me want to show up for my craft even more, and because of her keen insight and expertise, I’ve gained a better understanding of how stories themselves work. I would absolutely recommend working with Bethany—and have passed her info around like candy. If you’re ready to show up for your story, Bethany knows how to help.”

Shay Beard, YA fantasy author.

Enroll now for super early bird bonus and major discount!

Enroll now for super early bird bonus and major discount!

 

Buckle up! You’re getting bonuses!

A MINI COURSE ALL ABOUT TIME AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT. YOURS FOR FREE!

 

Oh yes! I’m not kidding! You get a totally new, full, immersive and intensive MINI COURSE all about how you can handle your time and energy so you can show up great to the page (or computer!)

I always say that time is the easiest thing to manage – it ticks on with or without us! Steady as a beating drum. But what does need managed is our energetic and emotional response to it. That can be tricky, and that’s where so many creatives get stuck.

This course will show you how you can fill up your creative gas tank after a long day; it’ll show you how to manage your energy so you have the space to create; and it’ll show you how you can get organized for your best results.

 

A MINI COURSE ALL ABOUT TIME AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT. YOURS FOR FREE!

 

Oh yes! I’m not kidding! You get a totally new, full, immersive and intensive MINI COURSE all about how you can handle your time and energy so you can show up great to the page (or computer!)

I always say that time is the easiest thing to manage – it ticks on with or without us! Steady as a beating drum. But what does need managed is our energetic and emotional response to it. That can be tricky, and that’s where so many creatives get stuck.

This course will show you how you can fill up your creative gas tank after a long day; it’ll show you how to manage your energy so you have the space to create; and it’ll show you how you can get organized for your best results.

LIFETIME ACCESS TO ANY AND ALL UPDATES, BONUSES AND NEW RECORDINGS!

 

And trust me, there will be a ton! I have bonuses and masterclasses from seriously some of the best creative minds around that I cannot wait to share with you! Best of all? You get it at no additional cost.

These bonuses and masterclasses are incredible! I’m pinching myself over who will be teaching!

LIFETIME ACCESS TO ANY AND ALL UPDATES, BONUSES AND NEW RECORDINGS!

 

And trust me, there will be a ton! I have bonuses and masterclasses from seriously some of the best creative minds around that I cannot wait to share with you! Best of all? You get it at no additional cost.

These bonuses and masterclasses are incredible! I’m pinching myself over who will be teaching!

INCREDIBLE WORKBOOKS, AUDIOS, AND ROADMAPS!

 

I want to equip you with everything you need to go out there and write the most awesome damn book of your life. And have fun doing it! These exclusive extras are yours forever, including any and all updates, totally free. 

INCREDIBLE WORKBOOKS, AUDIOS, AND ROADMAPS!

 

I want to equip you with everything you need to go out there and write the most awesome damn book of your life. And have fun doing it! These exclusive extras are yours forever, including any and all updates, totally free. 

“In a perfect world, we’d all be walking around with a tiny Bethany in our pockets. Bethany is a gem. In the few weeks I’ve known her, she has: helped me make the right decision in choosing an agent, helped me get unstuck with my WIP, and generally pushed me to do better in my writing career. I’ve spent over $1,000 on a professional editor for one of my books, and her input was nowhere near as helpful as Bethany’s. I can go on and on about how insightful and brilliant Bethany is, but TL;DR: Bethany is the best and if you want to improve your MS you need her!”

Jesse Sutanto, bestselling author of the breakout novel Dial A For Aunties, soon to be a Netflix show.

“In a perfect world, we’d all be walking around with a tiny Bethany in our pockets. Bethany is a gem. In the few weeks I’ve known her, she has: helped me make the right decision in choosing an agent, helped me get unstuck with my WIP, and generally pushed me to do better in my writing career. I’ve spent over $1,000 on a professional editor for one of my books, and her input was nowhere near as helpful as Bethany’s. I can go on and on about how insightful and brilliant Bethany is, but TL;DR: Bethany is the best and if you want to improve your MS you need her!”

Jesse Sutanto, bestselling author of the breakout novel Dial A For Aunties, soon to be a Netflix show.

Engine check! Who’s going to help you organize, thrive and accelerate?

This program is created and taught by me, Bethany! I’ve been an editor and college-level creative writing teacher for almost fifteen years. I’ve worked one-on-one with many writers, including self-pubbed superstars and trad powerhouses. I’ve worked with writers just starting out and writers already deep on their journey. 

I designed this course because I kept seeing the same traps over and over again that messes up even the most creative people. It keeps them stuck, frustrated, and eventually, some even quit. I don’t want that for you because I KNOW you’re on this page for a reason. You have a story that’s so dear to your heart, that you believe in, that you want to be successful. That’s why this course exists. To help you realize that heart story (and not take years writing it!)  and set you up as strong as possible for success.

Look, I’m no stranger to Turtle Power, or what I lovingly call “being Team Turtle”. Slow and steady wins the race. But I also know that you, like me, have a ton of stories you want to write and you don’t want to keep spending YEARS on just one book that ultimately never ends up going anywhere. It’s so disheartening and frustrating. I’m going to teach you how to write better, stronger, and faster.

Engine check! Who’s going to help you organize, thrive and accelerate?

This program is created and taught by me, Bethany! I’ve been an editor and college-level creative writing teacher for over a decade. I’ve worked one-on-one with many writers, including self-pubbed superstars and trad powerhouses. I’ve worked with writers just starting out and writers already deep on their journey. 

I designed this course because I kept seeing the same traps over and over again that messes up even the most creative people. It keeps them stuck, frustrated, and eventually, some even quit. I don’t want that for you because I KNOW you’re on this page for a reason. You have a story that’s so dear to your heart, that you believe in, that you want to be successful. That’s why this course exists. To help you realize that heart story (and not take years writing it!)  and set you up as strong as possible for success.

Look, I’m no stranger to Turtle Power, or what I lovingly call “being Team Turtle”. Slow and steady wins the race. But I also know that you, like me, have a ton of stories you want to write and you don’t want to keep spending YEARS on just one book that ultimately never ends up going anywhere. It’s so disheartening and frustrating. I’m going to teach you how to write better, stronger, and faster.

Get the super early bird special.

But hurry. This deal ends August 8!

 

A full writing course that will make you a better storyteller. Classes are actionable, build on each other, easy to understand and use lots of examples.

A second course all about time and energy management so you can create with space and joy.

Community support and cheerleading because writing is hard enough! No more going at it alone.

Bonuses, audio extras, roadmaps and workbooks so you can take the course material to the next level

Lifetime access to any new recordings, masterclasses and bonuses at no additional cost. 

A private Slack channel so you can share wins, asks questions, have people ooh and ahh over your pet pictures, and find your new beta reader bestie!

This incredible course launches August 23, 2022.

All together, the two courses plus bonuses plus masterclasses, plus workbooks is $897.

But you can receive everything and be a part of this incredible launch

for just $497.

A total savings of $400!

You’ll be a member for life and never have to pay again. 

 

This incredible course launches August 23, 2022.

All together, the two courses plus bonuses plus masterclasses plus workbooks is $897.

But you can receive everything and be a part of this incredible launch

for just $497.

A total savings of $400!

You’ll be a member for life and never have to pay again. 

 

"Bethany truly cares about writers.

She wants to make the manuscript better but she also wants to make the writer better. Which is what she’s shown me to do in my editing. She’s thoughtful and considerate, as well as an enthusiastic and wonderful editor. I highly recommend her, especially if you’re looking to level up in craft.”

– Yasmin Angoe, 2020 Sisters in Crime winner and debut author of the smash novel Her Name is Knight, soon to be a TV series 

 

 

"Bethany truly cares about writers.

She wants to make the manuscript better but she also wants to make the writer better. Which is what she’s shown me to do in my editing. She’s thoughtful and considerate, as well as an enthusiastic and wonderful editor. I highly recommend her, especially if you’re looking to level up in craft.”

– Yasmin Angoe, 2020 Sisters in Crime winner and debut author of the smash novel Her Name is Knight, soon to be a TV series 

 

 

"Bethany took my manuscript and handled it not only with care

but an empathy for the cultural background in which it was written. It is so rare to work with someone who appreciates the subtle nuance of different beliefs and cultures. Bethany worked with mine to elevate the story and characters. I wouldn’t trust anyone else, hands down.”

– George Jreije, MG author repped by Azantian Literary

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know this course is right for me?

Excellent question! I know there’s lots of courses out there but what sets mine apart is the unique position I’ve been in for over the last almost 15 years. I’ve worked with writers one-on-one and KNOW what needs fixed and addressed. I know how to explain things clearly and give actionable feedback. I see where other programs are falling short. I know how to teach and work with writers to make their books the best they can be. Both the writing and editing courses will make you better and they are full of my top tips, tricks, secrets and wisdom gathered over a decade of editing stories.

Do I have to write a certain kind of story to sign up?

This course does work best for fiction novels, but many of the lessons are applicable to short stories as well as creative non-fiction.

Will I be getting feedback on my actual writing?

No. I won’t be giving feedback on your actual writing, but every month there will be live coaching calls where you can ask your questions and get an answer directly from me. Plus, you have access to the private Slack channel where you can also ask questions from the community. Maybe even find your new best beta!

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes! Please email bethany (dot) hensel (at) gmail (dot) com!

What is your refund policy?

Yes! It’s so important you feel safe signing up for The Writer’s Map. If you find within seven (7) days of signing up that the course is not for you, please turn in your completed homework assignments to writersmapmail (at) gmail (dot) com by 5pm Eastern Time. This is a firm cut off time and strictly adhered to. 

Remember, education without implementation is a big factor in lessons feeling like they aren’t working, so please do your best and see what The Writer’s Map can do for you.

“[Bethany] was very engaging and her enthusiasm and love for the craft motivated me in my passion to write stories.”

Carole Lynn Jones, children's author published by Flying Ketchup Press

This course is not for everyone! You should only sign up if you are:

Open to revisions, suggestions, questions, and having a real discussion about your story and its mechanics. You want to know how it all goes together.

Ready to work. You love your story but you know it's not perfect. And you're ready and excited to fix it.

Eager to grow as a writer. Your ambitious and creative and want to learn all you can about how to write and edit a book.

Willing to have some fun! Writing and editing is tough but it shouldn't be tortorous. I want to help my writers find the joy in writing a book again.

And please definitely do not not sign up for the course if you are:

Unwilling to try new things, think new ways and experiment with different ideas and exercises.

Married to every word on the page and can't bear to delete anything. I know it's hard and it sucks, but deletion is necessary.

Just looking for praise. I'm going to push you to elevate your storytelling game. I'm going to ask you big questions. I may even give you a homework assignment or two. If you will be extremely offended by me challenging you, this live experience is not for you.

An I-Know-All-This-Already type of person. Some of my classes go over timeless elements of storytelling and you may think pfft, I know this already! But knowing something is very different from executing it correctly. And if you're already coming in with the notion of knowing it all? We, and this course, are not the best match.

Believe

in your story

in your creativity

in your passion

in your abilities

in your drive

in your determination

in your ideas

in your yourself.

 

Believe

in your story

in your creativity

in your passion

in your abilities

in your drive

in your determination

in your ideas

in your yourself.