• Passionate about ancient Egypt, but discouraged from studying it by others
  • Excited about learning how to read hieroglyphs, but struggling with how to keep motivated and keep making progress when other things come up
  • Certain there’s a better way to learn hieroglyphs than with books alone
  • Needing a knowledgeable, yet approachable, guide to help you find the resources you need, figure out what to do next, and to give you feedback
  • Wishing you were part of a tight-knit community of like-minded people passionate about ancient Egypt



In this small-group program, we’ll make real progress in

reading ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs – together.

What is a small-group program and why choose this option over other ways to study?


I’d been passionate about ancient Egypt for almost my entire life before I started studying ancient Egypt on a deeper level. That passion and drive were important, but I hadn’t made much progress in studying hieroglyphs on my own.


When I first started learning how to read hieroglyphs in a formal way (grad school), my instructor and my fellow students/friends are what made it possible to make rapid progress. None of these elements – passion, the right book, an instructor, friends with the same interest – completely on their own would have been enough.


But all together – WOW – this was the key!


This is why I am in love with the small-group program model. The small-group program incorporates the best aspects of a traditional class with the best aspects of  online study.


Because the program is entirely online, you can participate from anywhere in the world. No Egyptology in your home town? No problem.


But, unlike typical online courses or self-study, you will have the support you need from me and the group to help keep you on-track with your goals, including live calls with me and your cohort every other week. This combination of an inner-circle community with expert guidance is the key.


It is what allows my students to go from complete beginners to reading parts of advanced texts, such as biographies and the classics of Egyptian literature in only a few months.

Here's what goes into the small-group experience

to give you the best of both worlds:

This is a no-fluff program – every training and assignment is created to give you the most important information and practice that you need to make progress in reading Egyptian texts.

  • Coursework: videos every other week and exercises every week to keep you taking the next step in your learning and deepen your knowledge of the ancient Egyptian language and writing system.
  • Coaching: group coaching calls every other week to work through assignments and answer any questions.
  • Community: an always-available private community for feedback, accountability, and friendship.
  • Weekly prompts to help you complete your next step in learning hieroglyphs and share the results for feedback and guidance.
  • Recordings of all of the coaching sessions are yours to keep.

If you’re ready to become the person who walks into a museum and starts reading the hieroglyphs on artifacts, I invite you to claim your spot.

If you’re ready for the expert guidance and support you need to achieve this, I invite you to claim your spot.

If you’re ready to find your tribe, I invite you to claim your spot.

Sold Out!

Join the wait list to receive email updates from me and be the first to know when the doors open on the next Read like an Egyptian Group Program!

Not a beginner? Fill out this intake form and I will be in touch about pairing you with an intermediate or advanced cohort.


  • What will we learn over the 13 weeks?

Beginners will follow my step-by-step system that I’ve used with dozens of students to go from no knowledge of Egyptian hieroglyphs to reading the most common texts found in museums during the first half of the program. Then you will advance to reading parts of biographies and classic ancient Egyptian literature during the second half of the program.

Not a beginner? What we will work on will depends on your current level of knowledge. Fill out this intake form and I will be in touch about pairing you with an intermediate or advanced cohort.


  • Will you be running another program later this year?

Because I will be restructuring the ways you can work with me in 2020, this is the last time I plan to offer this program for beginners. If you are a beginner and want this level of hands-on, high-touch instruction from me, do not wait. 

I do plan to continue offering group programs like this one for more advanced students.


  • Do I need to have any experience with hieroglyphs?

No. This program is intended for beginners and more advanced students. Everyone will belong to his/her own small cohort of students at the same level (e.g., beginners will work together). I customize the content for the level of each cohort.


  • When does it start?

We start January 13, 2020.


  • What day/time will the group calls be?

There are currently three time slots available for beginners:

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM (CST)

Wednesdays at 2:00 PM (CST)

Wednesdays at 5:00 PM (CST)

Note: times are in US Central Standard Time and will follow Daylight Savings Time starting March 11.

After signing up, you will be prompted to fill out an intake form, where you will choose your preferred time/cohort (spaces are first come, first served).

In case you ever miss a group call or training, they will be recorded and available to you later.

Not a beginner? Fill out this intake form and I will be in touch about pairing you with an intermediate or advanced cohort.


  • How long do we have access to the private group?

The private group will be open during the 13 weeks of the group program, but recordings of the trainings and group calls are yours to keep.


  • What does it cost?

You get everything in the 13-week experience for an investment of less than $76 per week by choosing a one-time payment of $987. Or you can choose the payment plan (three installments of $347).


  • How much time will I need to participate each week?

The time you put in is really up to you. That said, you can expect that group calls, weekly prompts, and watching any provided videos will take one-to-two hours per week and completing assignments will take another one-to-two hours per week. Of course, it is always a good idea to make additional time to study and participate in the group (asking and answering questions, etc.).


  • What if I want 1:1 coaching or instruction?

Currently, I offer 1:1 instruction only to the students in this group program. There will be an option to add more 1:1 calls with me after you have signed up for the program. Let me know via email if you are interested in this option.


  • What is your refund policy?

Because of the limited spaces available in this program, no refunds will be issued unless stipulated by the terms of our signed agreement. 



I’m Melinda – the voice behind Voices of Ancient Egypt and an Egyptologist. I’ve been teaching university students (from age 18 to 80) for over 7 years. I started Voices of Ancient Egypt to bring what I share in the classroom to a wider audience.

Before studying ancient Egypt deeply, I could never have anticipated what an amazing world would open up to me once I understood the ancient Egyptians and their language on a much deeper level.

Being able to read what the ancient Egyptians actually wrote themselves and see how it fits in with information from archaeology and art history creates amazingly empowering feelings of knowledge, understanding, and connection.

I’ve published a number of scholarly articles on topics such as family and administration during the Middle Kingdom and coffins from the Third Intermediate Period.

However, over my years in Egyptology, my heart has become more and more dedicated to sharing ancient Egypt with those outside of the small circle of professional Egyptologists.

My top priorities in life: Egyptology, teaching, family, cats,

and ice cream (not necessarily in that order)

My passion is helping you pursue your passion for ancient Egypt through videos, articles, and small-group-study programs. There is so much to learn about ancient Egypt that it’s hard to know where to start and what sources to trust.  I want you to have the supportive community and the tools that I had to go to graduate school to find.

That’s what lights me up!

Learning about the intricacies of ancient Egypt and its language is not easy, but it absolutely can be done with the right resources and people around you. Are you ready to find your tribe and dig in to all that ancient Egypt has to offer?