Welcome to Wordsmith Academy

Ever since the first scribe put ink to paper, the craft of writing has been in a constant state of development and learning.

Wordsmith Academy was created to help writers get out of their own way. From crippling self-doubt to poor story planning, from not knowing where to start, to hunting for your ideal agent or publisher, we cover all the bases! We teach classes in storytelling, novel writing, publishing, marketing, writing craft, screenwriting, and more—with new content added all the time!

Our instructors are all industry professionals and experts in their respective fields, teaching in various disciplines of writing. Online self-paced courses help keep you on track on your schedule, while live scheduled classes allow students to interact with instructors and get the answers to all those burning writing questions.

Take a class, sign up for story coaching, and elevate your writing journey to new levels! – Become a Wordsmith Today!

Meet the Wordsmith Academy Team


Andrew Buckley

Co-Founder/Lead Instructor

Andrew Buckley is a traditionally published author of rather silly, yet enjoyable fiction for all ages. As an ex-pat Brit living in Canada, Andrew is a passionate nerd, movie-lover, avid reader, comic book geek, public speaker, podcaster, and dances a mean cha-cha. He’s also the co-founder and lead instructor at Wordsmith Academy, handling curriculum development and content creation.


Maurits Nienhuis

Co-Founder/Creative Guy

Maurits Nienhuis, a Dutch export from the Netherlands, is a professional videographer, graphic designer, and web designer. Mau loves to tell stories through visual and audio mediums, is the co-founder of Wordsmith Academy, and spends most of his time making everyone else look good. He’s also a guitar gear nerd, and an excellent road trip buddy (when he actually manages to stay awake).


Lindsay Wagensveld

Social Media Maven

Lindsay is a mother of three human children and three furry ones, an inexperienced and less than graceful kickboxer, and an Assistant Community Librarian. For as long as she can remember, she has been a passionate wordsmith. From crafting poems about her pets as a child to the various piles of unfinished manuscripts that sit in
her magic cloud, she has always found writing a necessity for her life.

Wordsmith Academy:
The Future

You’ll be happy to know that Wordsmith Academy is an ever evolving creature. Just as every plot thickens, and every story develops, this little online writing school has big plans for the future. In 2021 . . .

  • We’ll be offering two new semesters featuring new and returning literary geniuses teaching live online masterclasses
  • The Wordsmith Educators program (licensed courses for Middle and High School teachers) will launch its pilot program
  • Interviews with instructors, authors, agents, and literary professionals will be added
  • Plans for three new self-paced courses are in the works featuring high profile instructors

Beyond 2021? You’ll just have to wait for that particular plot twist!

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