The Three – Full-Time Apprenticeship
Christian creative writing training that actually works.
Named after David’s most elite squad of Mighty Men, The Three is a comprehensive apprenticeship program for writers who are serious about stepping into a career as a professional writer. We accept up to twelve apprentices per year into this program.
*Please note: We rebranded as “The Company” on 2/1/23. Please excuse any lingering references to the former name “School of Kingdom Writers” as we work to update this section of the website.
This isn’t about high-minded arts theory or intellectual discourse. We empower you with the essential skills to become an author that Americans want to read, see, and hear.
Full-Time, On-site Apprenticeship Program
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2023!
There’s more to becoming a professional writer than just learning to write well. A lot more. We can help.
At The Company, you will learn how to write. You will learn the business of writing. And you will connect deeply with the Holy Spirit.
Our full-time apprenticeship program will train you to write professionally, publish, and get paid to do it.
This program is open to adults of all ages and backgrounds. If you’re all-in for Jesus and aspire to be a novelist and influencer, you’re in the right place.
Our next full-time class will begin on September 4, 2023. We are now accepting applications for this class.
This is a full-time, on-site apprenticeship program. Apprentices join us in Zanesville, Ohio, for the duration of the 2-year program.
We will fill seats in this program as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We’ll update this page when the class is full.
We recommend carefully reviewing all of the information on this page and the provided links before applying. As soon as you’re ready, the button below will take you to our secure online application.
With our unique apprenticeship model, our lead instructor, Brad Pauquette, works with each author individually to understand your unique goals and help you to step into your calling. The instruction is completed in a small group setting, and each writer develops a personal one-on-one relationship with Brad as a trusted mentor.
The first year of the program lays down a foundation of writing skills, professional assets, and spiritual development. There’s lots of instruction in a small group setting. Through hands-on instruction, apprentices build skills and experiment with their work. In the first year, you will write many short stories, a novella, and a full-length novel.
You’ll also build a professional website, launch an effective professional social media presence, develop a mailing list, and legally set up your writing business for success. You’ll learn not only fiction writing, but also how to write for business and marketing, as well as how to create multimedia content.
In the first year, apprentices are encouraged to explore lots of different genres and writing styles to find their voice. We also work together to seek the Holy Spirit to identify how He’s calling you to use your gift for the Kingdom.
The second year is all about implementation. We’re now building on the foundation of the first year to put your individualized plan into action. Many apprentices begin earning money with their work in the second year.
In the second year, you are producing work for the market, aggressively building your marketing platform, and applying the lessons of the first year to build healthy, sustainable professional and spiritual routines.
Do I need to commit to both years?
One of the biggest assets of our program is the flexibility. Most apprentices do commit to the two year program and that’s usually the best fit. However, please contact us to discuss your unique situation. Ultimately, we’re here to help you reach your goals as an author and to help you step into the calling the Lord is inviting you into. We’re happy to discuss your work and life situation to address the best way we can incorporate you into our apprenticeship program.
Anya Israel, age 20, from Wichita, Kansas
“Honestly, I was surprised most by how much I’ve grown spiritually. I’m stronger, more confident, and more peaceful than I’ve ever been both mentally and spiritually. The results of growth are always worth the pain of the journey.”
Listen to a full podcast episode about Anya’s experience here.
Michaylah Malone, age 30s, from Paris, Texas
“If you feel God is calling you to write and you desire hands-on learning, then this school is the perfect place to be! I’ve experienced growth, discipline, discipleship, healing, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be called by God for the glory of His kingdom. Although I enjoyed writing stories before, this school teaches the secrets to actually succeeding in the world of writing. I imagine the experience so far as bones being broken in order to grow back correctly as habits I’ve accumulated over the years are being renewed for the better. Best decision I ever made!”
Thirzah Griffioen, age 18, from Bryans Road, Maryland
“What I really love about the School of Kingdom Writers so far, is that I can already see my writing improve– quite a bit. I’ve learned a lot of different techniques that have completely changed the way I used to write, and I’m so impressed with the results.“
Listen to a full podcast episode about Thirzah’s experience here.
Explore The Three – Full-time apprenticeship at The Company
An Invitation from our Director – Brad Pauquette
Steps to Apply:
Steps 1: Learn More
Explore this website to learn more. The links above will connect you to the most important topics of interest for prospective apprentices. But you may also explore this website more generally to learn all about The Company.
Step 2: Read the “Prepare to Apply Page“
This page will tell you exactly what to expect from the application process, so that you can prepare your answers and materials ahead of time.
(Optional) Step 3: Schedule a time to chat or visit
We’d love to get to know you and to answer your questions. Click here to schedule a time to chat (via email, Zoom, or phone), or to schedule an in-person campus visit.
Step 4: Apply
Click here or the “Apply Now” button below to visit our secure applicational portal. Simply create an account, fill out the form, and upload your materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions here–>Frequently Asked Questions.
Looking for a part-time opportunity that you can do from home?
Our part-time, online program is called Arche Year. Over the course of a year, you’ll write a complete novel manuscript and build a professional author’s marketing platform. Learn more here.
We’d love to hear from you!
Please send us an email at email@example.com or use the contact form to the right to get in touch with us.
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