The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado
The Writer’s Workshop
July 9th - July 12th, 2020
My house in Longmont, CO (12 miles from Boulder)
8am to 4pm each day
The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado is a 4-day writing workshop that’s specifically designed for writers who are working on:
- A memoir
- Personal essays
- Collection of blog posts
- Stories to be included in a business or personal development book
Bring your notebooks and pens, your computer if you wish, an open mind and writing you’re excited to work on for 4 glorious days in a row!
When Is It?
The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado is happening:
Thursday, July 9th, 2020 – Sunday, July 12th, 2020
Here’s the tentative schedule:
Each morning you’ll arrive at my house between 8-8:30 to connect with your fellow writers.
There will be coffee and tea and light snacks on hand.
Next we’ll get down to writing. I’ll lead you through prompts and exercises to help you get clear on your project, move forward with it step-by-step, and create a plan that feels sustainable and exciting long after the workshop ends. I’ll also meet one-on-one with each of you for coaching over the course of our four days together. A healthy delicious catered lunch is included each day.
On Friday evening you’re on your own to do whatever moves you. You might choose to get together with others in the group for a drink or meal, take a quiet walk, or hunker down in your hotel and write, write, write.
On Saturday evening we’ll walk down the street to enjoy a fun and fabulous dinner together. (This is not included in your registration fee.)
On Sunday, our last day together, in addition to lunch together, I’ll share writing prompts to help you determine exactly where to go next with your writing, and ways to take the energy of the group with you to sustain you in the future! We will end at 3:00.
“Joining a writing workshop with Jennifer Louden was a gift: a nourishment to my creative self, to the words and the mystery on the page that was beckoning me, and to the story that I know needed to be told. One of the best parts of the experience was finally carving out enough generous space to do the writing I know I need to do in this world.
She is smart, wise, and truly an expert in not only storytelling, but in leading and guiding you through your own writer’s journey. She held the space and created a container for us to be open and honest and brave. I’m so grateful for her wisdom and skill at leading groups of people—she makes it seem easy (it’s so not!) and lets you step away from whatever life is beckoning you with to finally, for a moment, for a day, for a week: get to tell the stories that only you can tell.”
— Sarah K. Peck | Writer, Entrepreneur & Yoga Teacher | SarahKPeck.com
Who is This For?
You should come to The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado if…
- You’re a writer who’s working on a memoir, personal essay, a collection of blog posts and/or stories for a business or personal development book and you’re looking for a stretch of time to focus on your writing project.
- You want to get a lot of work done while also being taken care of with healthy meals, beautiful surroundings, a loving coach and a truly amazing group of women.
- You want to sit down with a seasoned writer, share your work, get feedback, move through blocks, brainstorm ideas, and learn tools to keep you in action with your writing.
- You enjoy group time to process your writing and get ideas for moving forward.
- You’re a woman who could use a stretch of delicious creative self-care.
“Thanks, Jennifer, for this powerful writing retreat. I loved every moment of it – being around you and held in your sacred space, learning from your experience, playing with your prompts and exercises, being nourished by delicious food, having yoga breaks and time to share my work with other women – what a delightful way to spend four days together! Having dedicated writing times surrounded by other writing women helped me to get many words on paper. Following your invitation to write actual parts of my book rather than just brainstorming about it was the key to get my pen flowing. I gained new clarity, have a better sense of how to structure my own writing time, and am all fired up for writing again. Thank you!”
— Dr. Angelika Schultz | Cranioworld.com
Who is This NOT For?
You should NOT come to The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado if…
- You have no desire to write stories or study and learn about personal narratives.
- You do not want to discuss your work, read aloud, or learn about writing.
- You are not comfortable with self-direction and free time.
- You do not like being around people.
- You are grumpy, cynical (especially about writing) and generally pessimistic about life.
- You’re just looking for a vacation or you freak out if you’re disconnected from the internet for long stretches of time.
The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado Logistics
The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado is happening at my spacious modern home just outside of Boulder in Longmont, CO.
Is Lodging Included?
Lodging is not included in this workshop. I will offer some very convenient options – most of them just up the street and you can walk – where most people stay. Last year many people stayed at the same hotel and drove over or walked over together each morning. There are also a few Air BNB options in my neighborhood.
There is a Whole Foods within walking distance of the hotels and a great coffee shop!
How Do I Get There?
Upon acceptance, we will send you hotel and travel info to make it super easy to travel to my house and stay nearby. However, to get you started — the closest airport is Denver and both shuttle services and Uber services are available. There is also an inexpensive and great shuttle service.
We’ll also invite you to a private Facebook Group after you register where car sharing and other transportation logistics can be coordinated and discussed.
What Should I Pack?
July in Colorado could be high 80's and sunny with some clouds and a chance of afternoon rainstorms. It will be in the 50's and 60's while you sleep. Colorado is so dry, temperatures that feel sweltering in more humid climates are more comfortable here.
You should bring:
- Bring layers and a raincoat. Check the weather the day before you come if you are traveling as our weather changes quickly.
- Comfy clothes to write in
- Cozy slippers or fuzzy socks (We are a no-shoe house as much as possible)
- Your laptop or tablet
- Your laptop charger
- Notebooks and pens (even if you prefer typing to handwriting you will need paper and pen)
- Anything else you need to support you in your writing
How Many People Will Be There?
Just 12 women plus me!
Click here to complete the application and apply. Once we receive your application, and your $525 deposit, we’ll review it and let you know within a day or so if you’re accepted into the workshop. If for some reason you are not accepted, we will promptly refund your deposit.
“This was my very first writing retreat. Doing so was a stretch for me but I’m so glad I followed my gut and signed up for Jen’s Writing Retreat. The 4 days of cocooning with like-minded souls went beyond my expectations. I loved Jen’s seasoned, soulful teaching, and her sense of humor made me feel supported, nurtured – and challenged. I learned so much about how to overcome my writing blocks, work toward attainable goals in bite size pieces, and how to keep swimming through the creative mess that is the writing process! I feel I can now move forward with more confidence, armed with a plan, a structure, and practical strategies for completing my first draft! Thank you Jen!”
— Christine Herman | Artist & Maker | ChristineHerman.com
Who Is Jen?
Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first best-selling book The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s the author of 7 additional books on well-being and whole living: The Couple’s Comfort Book, The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book, The Woman’s Retreat Book, Comfort Secrets for Busy Women (The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life in hardcover), The Life Organizer, A Year of Daily Joy and her forthcoming Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What's Next. There are about a million copies of her books in print in 9 languages.
Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada and Europe, written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines, and appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, even on Oprah. Her books have been published by Harper, Random House, New World Library, National Geographic, and herself. Jennifer has been teaching retreats and leading workshops since 1992, and creating vibrant on-line communities and innovative learning experiences since 2000. She married the love of her life at 50, and is the very proud mom of Lillian and very proud bonus mom to Aidan.
Jen’s superpower is loving you into doing. She thrives on helping you believe in yourself through taking action on your writing desires. She is a master at creating safe grounded space for real work and lasting breakthroughs to happen.
When you register for The Writer’s Workshop: Colorado, you’re getting:
- 4 days of writing
- 4 lunches (gluten free with vegetarian options) and lots of snacks including good chocolate!
- One session of 1-on-1 writing coaching with Jen during the workshop or before
- Great writing prompts and meditation moments to help you get into writing and stay in the flow
- Dance breaks, follow up handouts, and lots of love from Jen
How Much Is It?
Premium upgrade option available.
(This price is significantly lower than my other workshops because as much as I’d like to be able to fit everyone in my house, lodging is not included for this workshop. Once you register, I will suggest some great hotels very nearby.)
Full Payment Option
Want us to handle planning your stay? Then this VIP upgrade is for you! Select this option and we'll set up a driver to pick you up at the airport in Denver and take you to your accommodation in Longmont. You'll have the option between some fun, vetted Air BnB's near Jen's house or a nearby hotel. We'll handle all those arrangements plus leave some surprise goodies for you in your chosen space. Then, we'll make sure your trip back to the airport is handled as well.
To add this upgrade, it's $2500 plus the cost of the retreat. Payment plan options are available.
Full Payment Option
A non-refundable deposit of $525 is required to book your spot for the retreat. If you select the premium upgrade, your non-refundable deposit is $1125. The remainder is due via the monthly payment plan. You can use any credit or debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard, etc.).
Cancellation / Refund Policy
Need to cancel after paying in full? If you cancel more than 90 days before the workshop begins, we will return your payment minus the non-refundable deposit. If you selected the retreat-only option, your non-refundable deposit is $525. If you selected the premium upgrade option, your non-refundable deposit is $1125.
“Jennifer Louden is a master teacher and workshop facilitator. The prompts she gives and the flow she designs and shares help each woman at her workshops go deep, fast. In addition, she creates a container for the work that is truly safe, supportive, and has just the right level of challenge. She’s a generous, kind, enthusiastic and insightful teacher, coach, and writer. I can’t wait to do another writing retreat with her.”
— Megan Baker | Social Media & Community Director at the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership | Writer, Coach, & Shamanic Practitioner
“I put my book down for 6 months unable to pick it up and see what it was missing. This retreat forced me (or perhaps enabled me) to look deep inside something so painful and give me the clarity I needed to pick it back up and finish it. Thank you, Jen, for pushing me to that edge, allowing me to dive right back in it and give me the purpose to keep going.”
— Wanda Means | Writer
What If I’m Not a Writer?
If you want to sign up for this workshop because you have a writing project you want to start – and maybe finish – then you ARE a writer. Sure, we’re all a work in progress and some people at the workshop may have traveled a little further down the writing path than others, but none of us – not even me – are at the finish line. We all have so much to learn and I promise that if you don’t feel like a writer now, you’ll feel a heck of a lot more like one by the time you leave the workshop. This is a safe place to explore your writing, who you are as a writer, and get ideas for the kind of writer you’d like to grow into.
What if I Have Another Question?
Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. My team is happy to help.
I’m Ready! How Do I Register?
Registration is now open for 2020. Complete the application and apply. Once we receive your application, and your $525 first payment, we’ll review and let you know soon if you’re accepted into the workshop. If for some reason you are not accepted, we will promptly refund your first payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
“I’d love to spend 4 days writing in your home, buuuuuut where do I stay?”
There are several hotels very close to my house and upon acceptance we'll send you more details on your specific options.
There are also other options such as Air BNB and VRBO if you’d rather do that. Last I checked there was a super cool room available with Air BNB right near my house for under $300 for all 4 nights! So, there are lots of options. It all depends on the type of experience you’d like to have.
“What if I want a roommate to minimize my costs?”
There are a couple of options. 1) Register with a friend and share the cost of the room. 2) Register for the workshop and then let us know that you’d like to see if anyone else is open to sharing a room. We will not be responsible for pairing anyone up; however, we’ll get the word out to others in the group for those who are looking for hotel mates.
“Where is your house so that I know where to look when checking out lodging options?”
The major cross streets for my house are Plateau Rd and North 105th St. in zip code 80504.
“Do I need to rent a car?”
In the past, people have taken Lyft from the airport, Green Shuttle, rented a car on their own so they had flexibility, or shared rental cars so they can reduce their costs. There are lots of ways to get around.
“Is it reasonable to make this a walking experience?”
Well, you’d need to get yourself to your hotel or the house you’re staying at; however, after that, you could definitely walk the rest of the time. As I said, the Courtyard Marriott is 2.8 miles from my house. There were several people last year who stayed there and walked back and forth to my place each day. They loved the time they had to drop in each morning and reflect each night. There are coffee shops and restaurants right in my neighborhood and a Whole Foods between my house and the hotel. If you love to walk, this is a very safe and easy place to do so.
“Can your house really fit 12 writers comfortably?”
Yes! I like comfort and lots of space and that’s exactly what my house has. Last year many of the writers who came snuck off to write in extra bedrooms, in my office, and on the multiple decks/patios I have. Others loved setting up at my giant kitchen table or lounging in one of the chairs in my great room. There’s plenty of space and then some for all of us.
“I’m super allergic to cats. Do you have any?”
No cats here; however, I do have one very friendly loving dog Stuart who will snuggle with you if you like dogs.
“What kind of food will be served?”
Healthy and delicious and there are always options for vegans and vegetarians. If you have super special needs, there’s a Whole Foods very close by and you are always welcome to bring your own and borrow some fridge space for the day.
What Do Others Say About Retreating with Jen?
“If you’re thinking of going, don’t think, JUST GO. As a workshop teacher myself and someone who demands a lot from the workshops I take, (I’m picky!) you’re in for a well-designed and lovingly delivered writing retreat. Jen is a true pro and it really is a gift to get to work with her.”
— Lisa Sonora | American Artist and & Creative Business Consultant | Lisa
“I signed up for the retreat because I had created the possibility, after years of putting off writing, that I would write more. Right after I hit the submit button, fear set in and my inner critic had a few unpleasant words for me, ‘What makes you think you can write?’ and ‘Retreats are for real writers you foolish, foolish girl.’
Luckily, I pushed past that nasty-swarmy voice and persevered! I am so happy I did!
Jen helped dispel any ugliness that the critic had put in my head. I actually ended up giggling at just how mean he was! At the retreat, I was safe and I was prodded but not pushed, and most importantly, I was trained in developing writing habits that will carry on for a lifetime.
I left feeling playful with my writing, alive in spirit, and present to the THIS moment of living. Jennifer is literally dancing through life and her energy is contagious and inspiring! I learned that I write to know who I am! A lesson that I will forever be grateful to have learned. Thankful that retreating with Jen gave me the confidence to shout from the rooftops, I AM A WRITER!”
— Heather Strommen, mom of four and a yoga teacher
“Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to know myself. For me, Jen’s retreats and intensives allow me the space to let go of everything and listen. But listening with love and compassion and honesty. And sometimes facing that honesty can be scary, but Jen is there with love and support and compassion, and so it’s all acceptable and startlingly profound.
I come away feeling braver and more connected to who I am and what I want, and this materializes magically into my writing – which suddenly becomes completely real and so much more me.”
— Sonya Versluys, writer and business owner
“What I remember most about our time together in Santa Barbara, and also in her Creative Joy retreats, is Jen’s uncanny ability to hold a very sacred space for both writing and self care. The stories she tells and the ‘conditions of enoughness’ that she teaches and models continue to enrich and expand me as a writer and as a retreat leader. I always come away with fresh insights and a deeper commitment to my practice.”
— Sue Ann Gleason, nourishment guide and creative catalyst
“Working with Jen was so so comfortable, like hanging with a best friend who also happens to be a fabulous writer, wise woman, and inspiring soul.
My favorite moment was arriving in the morning KNOWING I would be greeted with love, good eats, and a room full of creative souls. Kind of sounds like heaven, right?”
— Diane Shrock, LMFT, CHPC
“The writer’s workshop was the greatest gift that I could give the writer within. Jen Louden is incredibly generous, down-to-earth and knowledgable, as well as humorous. She created a nourishing, welcoming and encouraging environment that enabled me to get clear about my projects and accelerate progress in a way that I could not have done on my own. I left feeling invigorated and purposeful thanks to her coaching and the space she created for our wonderful group.”
— Reise Tanner
“Writing with Jen is one of my favorite life experiences!
She is welcoming, disarming, quirky, vulnerable, charming, and real – and in so being made me feel like my truest self. And she’s genius at zeroing in on what was causing me to continually get stuck and she gave me specific steps to follow to finish my piece. Working with Jen provided me with the perfect balance of writing, exploration, guidance, technique, and much needed fun.
I learned how much writing I could accomplish in 20 to 30 minute bursts, and most importantly, I learned to get comfortable writing shit. Which freed me to finally let go for long enough to find my voice.
The group setting had an immediate energy and trust where writing my truest experiences bubbled up like a well-spring. I wrote things people truly responded to and that made me feel confident and validated, like I wasn’t as lost as I thought. And that was gold!”
— Rachel Schultz, Founder of Manage Motherhood