Hardbound Writers Program | Mentorship and get Paid for Storytelling

April 27, 2016

Create stories people will love, experiment with a new form of media, and learn from an awesome group of mentors and peers.


Hardbound is a new way to tell stories using visuals, animations, and words. Our mission is to make people feel amazing through stories.


  • Today, we’re launching a new program for adventurous writers, who want to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Think of it like a cross between Y Combinator and a publisher. Unlike YC, you don’t need to work on this full-time and it only lasts a couple weeks, and unlike a publisher, we work collaboratively as a batch (using Slack, of course 😉).
  • The deadline to apply for the first batch is May 1st. Once you’re accepted, you’ll have 4 weeks to create and launch a story with us (more on exactly how this will work below). In exchange, you’ll get $500, learn a ton from peers and mentors (TBA), and reach a big audience with your work.whats your story image
    Sound interesting? Apply here!

Want more details? Keep reading!

  • Hardbound stories are visual. Think of it a mix between slideshows and comics. To get a feel for what that means, read this story about where emojis come from, and/or this story about venture capital.
  • The two key skills are 1) writing and 2) graphic design / illustration. The Hardbound Writer’s Program basically works like this: if you come to us with #1, we’ll provide #2 for you.
  • Here’s how the process works. 1) Do some research and outline the story, 2) create a storyboard in Keynote with rough placeholder visuals, 3) iterate and refine the story beats, 4) our designers help make it beautiful.
  • When you’re creating the storyboard in Keynote, you’ll need to think about what visuals and animations should be on the page, and think in terms of story beats. This is different from writing an article, but a lot of fun. And we’ll help you with it and give you feedback every step of the way. Also, you’ll have a community of peers to share progress with and learn from.
  • We’re shooting for each story to be roughly the same length as our emoji and venture capital stories (~50 slides; ~5 minute read time).

What do you think?

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