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.

Practical

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.

Spirit-Led

This is as much a ministry school as a writing school. Why? Because Christian writers are in ministry. We connect daily with Jesus and our highest priority is to help you grow into the full calling God has on your life.

Functional

It’s not enough to simply know how to write. There’s a business side, too. You’ll complete this program fully prepared to write professionally, armed with a comprehensive understanding of the publishing industry.
Apprentice Worship

Full-Time, On-site Apprenticeship Program

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2024!

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, 2024. We are now accepting applications for this class.

This is a full-time, on-site apprenticeship program. Apprentices join us in Cambridge, 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.

Apprenticeship Method

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Apprentice Testimonials

Noah Matthews

Noah Matthews, age 18, from Grayling, Michigan

“Where do I start? My time at The Company so far has been beyond amazing—I’m having to work harder, trust God more, and step out in ways I wouldn’t have wanted to months ago. Get ready to have your buttons pushed, your boxes opened, your fears gently brought to light, your mindsets shifted, and your joy-tank filled.”

Noah is a first-year apprentice. He will graduate in August 2025.

Alli Prince

Alli Prince, age 24, from Las Vegas, Nevada

“Before coming to this program, I was extremely shy and lacked the confidence to become a full-time author. I knew what God wanted me to do, but I had absolutely no idea how to accomplish my goals. In the short time I’ve been in the program, I’ve watched my writing skills, my confidence, and my faith improve dramatically! I can’t recommend The Company enough!”

Alli is a second-year apprentice scheduled to graduate in August 2024. Listen to a podcast interview with Alli in which she shares her first-year experience.

Thirzah Griffioen

Thirzah Griffioen, age 18, from Bryans Road, Maryland

What I really love about The Company 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.

Thirzah graduated in August 2023. Listen to a podcast reflecting on her two-years at The Company here.

Explore The Three – Full-time apprenticeship at The Company

What’s it really like as an apprentice at The Company?

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.

Additional Resources

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.

Arche Year - Online Christian Writer Training

Questions?

We’d love to hear from you!

Please send us an email at info@writers.company or use the contact form to the right to get in touch with us.

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