The Gateless Writers Academy

An Online Sanctuary and Mastery Program for Writers with Work-in-Progress

Academy starts on September 24th. Acceptance is on a rolling admissions basis by application only:

To apply, please send a letter of intent to profiling:
*How you heard about Gateless.
*Where you are with your writing now.
*What you most need from the Writer's Academy in terms of your work.
*Your greatest goals for your work (these can be small or large, they only have to be integrated with a personal vision).
*A ten-page sample of your work in progress.

Please send it in a word document, via attachment, 12 point, double spaced, no more than 650 words.

If you would like an in-person interview, please email us at
We accept into the Academy on a rolling admission basis, and spots tend to fill very quickly, so get your application in as soon as you can!

What is The Gateless Writers Academy?
The first of its kind, this 10-month academic year virtual masters class will guide you in the completion of a powerful manuscript that is ready for the agent's hand, the bookstore shelf. The Gateless Academy is one of the most comprehensive book-writing programs in the world, the journey of a lifetime to a completed manuscript that is ready to move with power and influence into the waiting world.  

You will receive:

  1. A nationwide network of unconditional support for your writing, including bestselling, award-winning authors, agents and publishers who will cheerlead you on your path to success.
  2. In-depth personal attention to draw out your unique genius on the page and your singular talent as a writer.
  3. Extensive craft colloquia, built to reveal insider industry knowledge that crosses genre and aptitude.
  4. Cutting edge teaching methodology that transforms the brain's approach to creativity.
  5. Life-changing insight from literary luminaries in the industry.The result? astonishingly beautiful work that wows agents, publishers and readers at large.
KimNothing in my writing life has ever come close to The Academy. When I first joined, the novel I had been working on had been stalled for over a year, my understanding of how to proceed was hazy. Gateless stoked a fire in me.  I will never be the same. The Academy is a safe haven where the creative genius is free to run wild without inhibition.  Acquiring invaluable tools for the craft, reading the work of other writers, and getting unbelievably insightful feedback on my own work has moved my novel forward in profound ways. I can happily say I am in the homestretch with my novel, and I have everything I need to succeed as an author. My only regret? Not doing it sooner!!!  Kim Griffin, TX.


What Will Happen to My Writing Career?
Gateless is a national movement, busting the myth of the struggling writer and creating bestselling, award-winning authors.

Because of Gateless' unprecedented approach to the page, and the family of nationwide support, Gateless Writers who have attended The Academy have seen their writing fought over by agents. They've gone to auction with first books, signed six-figure deals and won prestigious literary awards.

Cutting-edge scientific brain research shows that the old way of focusing on what isn't working interrupts the imaginative output and creates almost impossible odds for the writer. The Academy gives you a clique of writers.  Together we share work and challenges,  agents' and editors' names, laugh at rejections and encourage each other through life-changing acceptances.  We identify your innate and singular genius and help you lean into it, you are able to meet with unprecedented success.

BrenThe Academy ranks as one of the most important gifts I have ever given my work. Suzanne Kingsbury was truly sent here by the gods.  When I came into the Academy, I was unsure if the story or my characters held water or if anyone would even care about them.  I left with a bevy of balcony people at my back, cheering me on when I open my laptop and present myself.  I can hear them screaming: "More more more!" I feel girded. I feel like a safety net is beneath me. Now I can climb higher, take more risks. The Academy isn't just now, it lasts a lifetime.  The seminars hold wisdom for the ages.  Gateless is a gift. It buoys you forever. Bren McClain, TN, author of the novel One Good Mama Bone and recently shortlisted for the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Writing Award.

But Is the Academy for Me?

The Academy is for you if you are working on a book. Any writer of memoir, fiction, how-to work or self help is welcome to apply.  While writers with innate talent seem to be drawn to Gateless as a rule, the Academy is structured to cater to writers at any point in the path. Gateless' avant-garde methodology was formulated to meet and transform the work of new and seasoned writers into books that sell.

Previous Academy masters have been post-grads with MFAs; previously unpublished writers just starting out with books-in-progress; mid-career writers who want to move higher in the industry and those considering the MFA, who want a more intensive, intimate path to publication.

If you yearn for that trusted mentor, if you crave industry knowledge and want to be introduced to authorial icons further ahead on the road, if you long for a literary family who resemble the luminaries of 1920’s Paris, The Academy is for you.

DaintryThe Academy was life-changing for me. When I started I was filled with doubts about the book I was writing. Through the positive feedback and massive Gateless love, Suzanne's unbelievably insightful words to me during the writer's showcase, her amazing seminars filled with fantastic information, I felt a huge paradigm shift. The Academy is about transformation and alchemy.  Other writing programs give you the mundane, Gateless has the magic. I was transformed as an artist because of it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Daintry Jensen, MA, author of The Hidden Forest (Named as one of Huff Posts top 10 books for middle graders).
The Principal Elements of The Gateless Academy:
Ten Mastery Seminars on Process and Craft: The Gateless Masters Academy consists of over 100 hours of deep-dive seminars that were created especially for you to launch your lifelong career as a writer.

The difference between a writer who stays stuck in work-in-progress and the author who sails into a life of awards, six figure book deals and movie options does not lie in who you know, the topic of your work or even how much you write, it lies in acquiring a set of potent, little-known tools that harness the power of the written word and give you incredibly power on the page. These modules cater to all genres whether you are writing a how-to, a memoir or a novel. You can see a full syllabus by clicking here.

Kate-GrayThe Gateless Academy has been one of the most vital, enriching, freaking-beautiful things I've ever done for my writing and for me.  I felt tentative when I signed up, excited but lacking some confidence. Through The Academy, I gained a team of cheerleaders and felt very close to the online risktakers and shakers.  The insights from The Academy have gotten inside me, they are in my blood. There are many approaches to writing and teaching writing, the Gateless approach blends science, spirit and dance and integrates the best part of ourselves and connects to the best part of others. It's for writers who are willing to be vulnerable and honest and generous. Kate Gray, Pushcart Prize winner and award-winning author of Carry the Sky.

The Writing Salon: Gateless writers in the Masters Academy showcase 500-800 words for review on the online forum. This is the pow-wow, the conversation and the inspiration. In the group share we use the Gateless methodology in all its powerful glory to comment on where your work has energy, what shines, and where to focus your writing time. This gives you the surety of where your work is singing, so you have the inspiration to keep working.

This is a time to put the foundational tools you are learning to work and try out their glimmer in the group. The Academy hand-picks their students, and because of their caliber, they will be highly skilled at feedback and will offer explosive Gateless critique. Your salon will become  your writing family. Combining this kind of Gateless critique with the foundational tools is one of the fastest ways to move your work to the point of publication.

Sunday Showcase: That’s you, in the spotlight. Each class, we will spotlight a writer in the group during our online group call, who will enjoy an hour long pow-wow where you read your work-in-progress and hear feedback live from the group. You will have an opportunity tell your writing story, share your vision, and receive Gateless (this means specific and supportive) feedback. This is a transformational chance to shine and to allow yourself to feel buoyed while manifesting your literary dreams and stepping into your life as a writer.  On Sundays all writers are given a chance to ask questions, express needs, talk about doubts and ecstasies in relation to the process. You can ask everything from how to stay motivated, to how to find an agent. We can talk about your challenges related to themes, structure, character development, byline publications and much more. Getting your most pertinent Q’s answered is often the creative fuel needed to dive back into the page.

SheenaThe Academy was magic. I felt hesitant when I signed up, I was experimenting with a new book, and I wasn't sure if it would work.  But my work got better every week, the seminars were so packed with information, I didn't want to miss anything, and there was so much love pouring forth, the weekly salon was like a high.  When I read aloud during my showcase and heard everyone's feedback, I felt lifted on a cushion of support. I was high for days. It was a gift from everyone there. I write more freely now. The work comes from a place deep inside me. Gateless taps into the place where your writing might be stuck and frees it up to flow on the page. It almost bypasses the intellect.  You find a direct path from the body to the page.  Sheena Cook, her book, A Month in the Country was picked up by one of the most sought-after agents abroad. She is just signing her first book deal!

Luminaries in the Limelight: The last spotlight and seminar series is about you in the limelight. How does it happen? How do you choose an agent? What does a bestselling query look like? Do you need a proposal? What is the difference between that and a one-page synopsis? What about independent publishers? How hard is it to self-publish? Why or why not?  How do you score major media attention, hit bestseller lists and generally move that fantastic idea from the dream world onto the world stage.

Elisa PaigeSuzanne is passionate, intelligent, skilled, insightful...clear-sighted and objective, yet keenly empathetic to what it takes to be a writer. The sheer obstinacy, the tenacity, the emotional daring to work for an audacious dream — hell, the audacity to dream in the first place. I am convinced that having the great good fortune to work with Suzanne, especially early in my own efforts toward publication, not only improved my writing, but gave me the encouragement I needed to keep at it. ~Elisa Paige, Dallas, Texas, award-winning novelist of numerous books including Killing Time, Maelstrom, Stealing Time and Shadowplay.


What's Next: Writers who are part of the Masters Academy  have access to queries that have garnered six-figure deals, proposal templates from award-winning writers, the truth about platforms--who needs one, who doesn’t and how to organically grow one as an author, why the author platform is markedly different from others, and a list of the very best agents in the business for your work.

deborah-luskin-2013Listening to Suzanne’s comments is an educative commentary on theme, structure and craft. The result is so uplifting, so encouraging, so helpful, that I leave with the courage to continue on my own – but with more focus and more confidence than I ever could have solo. Suzanne Kingsbury is a writer’s dream of collegiality, nurturing support, and encouragement come true. ~Deb Luskin, Newfane, Vermont, author of Into the Wilderness, winner of the Independent Publisher's Gold Medal for Regional Fiction.

Please be advised that there are Board Advisory scholarships available for The Academy through the Gateless Advisory Board. If you are interested in a scholarship, please email and write Scholarship Needed in the subject line. Thank you!


Cost for the Masters Academy is $5500 for a full Academic Year. Because of generous scholarships from the Gateless Advisory Board, this tuition can be reduced by almost half. Please send us an email at  A deposit of $750 is due when the writer signs up. Payment plans are available to students at no additional cost.  Please inquire at about  creative possibilities for payment.