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Meet Our Alumni

Their Stories

What Happens When You Write Online?

 

Every person who goes through Write of Passage writes a new story for themselves. 

By writing online, many of our alumni have found freedom, meaning, and influence while living on their terms. Some have found career success in traditional ways, while others have blazed unconventional paths. Some meet their co-founder, and others reignite their creative spark. More still, shift industries, meet their best friends, and so on.

We’ve chosen a collection of stories to showcase the power of expressing yourself online. May your journey be as fruitful as theirs.

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Louie Bacaj

Louie’s prolific writing gave him the confidence to quit his high-paying tech job and take a shot in the Creator Economy. Through a series of small bets, he now makes income through courses, digital products, e-books, and his podcast.

 
Erin Moore

Through writing, giving feedback, and connecting with other students during Write of Passage Cohort 6, Erin landed a new job building community at Readwise. Sharing ideas online brings new people into your orbit, and increases serendipity.

PAMELA HOBART

Pamela set up a website with some preliminary blog posts in May and June to promote her coaching business. By July, strangers found her on Twitter, visited her site, and paid for introductory coaching sessions.

GREG FRONTIERO

During Cohort 5, Greg launched his coffee company called NooWave. One essay helped him immediately sell out his first batch. The course let him fulfill his dream, work for himself, and make 30+ friends that he’s still in touch with.

Packy-McCormick

Packy McCormick

Packy launched a $30m venture fund through the newsletter he started in Write of Passage. His consistent publishing habit, paired with his talent for business writing and his sense of humor, let him blaze his own path, and become a force in “the Great Online Game” (a term he coined).

 
Terri Lonier

Terri has a unique background– she has an MFA in sculpture, and also consulted Fortune 500 companies for 12 years. Writing online helped her leverage her skills into a course, Authority by Design, which helps solopreneurs with positioning and visualization.

ANDREW BARRY

Through publishing his weekly newsletter, Andrew refined both his writing voice and his audience, letting him double his income and establish a seven-figure a year business.

JULIETTE CHEVALIER

Since Write of Passage, Juliette has shifted from a software developer to an emerging voice in the Web3 space. From her weekly newsletter, she’s gotten involved with projects at Aragon, a leading DAO, and Surge, a force for women in Web3.

Ana-Fabrega

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Ana was a frustrated 3rd grade teacher, and the 10th subscriber to her newsletter was Chrisman Frank, the CEO of one of the fastest growing education startups. Her writing secured her a role as the chief evangelist at Synthesis, basically, her dream job.

 
Jonathan Hillis

Jonathan came into Write of Passage writing about decentralized cities, and with a plan to build physical spaces for online creators. Later, he launched a DAO called Cabin, in collaboration with others he met in the course.

Ivy Xu

Ivy joined Write of Passage and quickly met with others interested in the future of education. Through sharing her essays within the community, she joined forces with other visionaries and is now pioneering how to teach 21st century skills to teenagers.

JUAN DAVID CAMPOLARGO

Writing online shrinks the world. From reaching out to and interviewing Mark Cuban, to being contacted by executives, scientists, and psychologists, Juan David’s publishing has served as a basis for connecting with interesting people.

Amanda-Natividad

Amanda Natividad

Amanda had years of experience in marketing, but never published her ideas under her own name. Write of Passage gave her the courage to publish, and she’s built a massive audience in under a year.

 
Salman Ansari

Before Write of Passage, Salman felt his idea machine hit a standstill. The course not only revived his spark, leading to essays, fiction, fables, poetry, and drawings, but it led to personal growth and less anxiety about work.

Charlie Bleecker

By writing under a pseudonym, Charlie felt the freedom to express her ideas online in an unrestricted way. It let her accelerate her craft, connect with her audience, and gave her more self-revelations than years of therapy.

Gabriel Hamilton

As a management consultant, Gabriel found it tough to put his writing skills to use. Since the course, he’s built a niche audience, made great friends through writing about cities on Twitter, and doubled his income through his content marketing agency.