Write Now:

A Women’s Writing Incubator

Trust your Brilliance & Make Writing Easier

Steeped in feminism, based in brain science and decades of studying meditation and writing, rooted in the body as much as your head, Write Now is a writing program like no other.

Write Now: A Women's Writing Incubator

I've been writing since high school. More accurately, I've been learning how to write since high school.


Starting with short stories, then screenplays and TV, nine books with close to a million copies in print, two novels and a memoir in the drawer, a national magazine column and 21 years of newsletters, blog posts, sales pages, and social media posts… I’ve written a lot of words.

And I've also been teaching writing for 20 years.

Yes, that teaching has included craft, but more of the time, my teaching has centered around making it safe to be in your own head —making it possible for people who identify as women to own their stories, their ideas, their experiences — to value them and to share them.

How do you make the process of writing far less overwhelming so the mystery of the imagination can flourish?


So you can grow as a person and gain benefit from your writing?

I've filled notebooks and hard drives with all my exercises and prompts and insights over the decades. I’ve shared them in one-on-one coaching, on retreats and in writing masterminds.

But I have never recorded what I know, believe, and use.


I have never taught it as an integrated program.

Until now.

Write Now: everything I know about how to make writing work for you.

No matter your goals or your genre.

  • How to get the words on the page that connect to readers while staying true to yourself.
  • How to write while you raise kids or take care of elders or work a demanding job.
  • How to stay in the room when you want to sprint for the crunchy snacks.
  • How to use desire to fuel willpower.
  • How to study craft to without getting depressed and quitting.
  • How to own your ambition without getting derailed by outcomes you can’t control.

Too many writing programs are predicated on a male model of productivity-- write 1000 words every day!-- never taking into consideration the particular challenges of women creators like claiming mind space, owning ideas, managing multiple interruptions, and the fear of being trolled.

Other writing approaches are all about keeping your hand moving, responding to prompts, and generating lots of great material but don’t help you write for a reader, use structure to make writing easier, work with your brain, or finish and submit. You end up with a lot of notebooks full of juicy passages that may never add up to a cohesive compelling whole.

What I've found is you need both...

  • Wildness and structure
  • Serendipity and intent
  • Mystery and clarity
  • Intuition and craft
  • Few f**cks to gives and steadfast commitment

Write Now is designed to be as flexible as possible but please do not enroll if you are currently taking more than one other intensive training or coaching program and if you cannot give the program and your writing at least 90 minutes a week, more on retreat weeks. Jen pours her soul into her teaching and asks that you respect that by only committing if you have time to participate.

Here’s how it works:

JUMPSTART →

When you join, our Write Now Focus jumpstarts your intention and focus. It also lets me and my team know who to pair you with in a small group and how to support your progress. 

DEEP DIVE →

We kick off with a Find Your Thread virtual writing retreat designed to unearth what you want to write and learn the basics of fresh writing practices. Connect in sacred space, use my trickster prompts to get into flow, and emerge with a clear intention for the next three months.

PRACTICE →

After the retreat, every Monday you'll receive an audio lesson (with transcript) that will guide you to becoming the writer you yearn to be. I will share wisely designed experiential exercises and pithy insights that build on each other. I'll remind you what to practice each week, give you new ideas to test for yourself, and replace the critical voice in your head with fierce self-compassion.


I’ll also invite you to share responses to questions I pose on our private (not Facebook) forum.

WRITE →

Each week you will be given suggestions for teeny tiny writing assignments to keep moving forward on your project.

Topics will include:

Outsmarting your Brain to Make Writing Easier

Get the Patriarchy and the Rest of the World out of your Head so you Can Own Your Ideas

Writing with Intention

Managing Interruptions
and Real Life

Seduce, Harness and Ignore the Itty-Bitty Shitty Committee

Organizing your Writing to
Fit your Brain

Steal Structure

Construct a Voice,
Unearth a Voice,
Own a Voice

Telling the Truth

Reverse Engineer Greatness

What to Do when You're Stuck

How to not Lose the Thread and Not Choke Yourself with It

After our kick-off retreat, here’s how the program flows:

Every Monday you get your week's curriculum, check-in with your small group about your goals for the week, and show up for no-host silent writing times (Tuesday through Saturday).

Every other week, there is a live event -- either a writing retreat to keep you flowing and focused OR a super-fun super-informative group coaching experience. 

Live Call with Allison K Williams: March 25 at 10am MT. She’ll show how to leverage what you already know to build your reputation online and off, and how the act of building bridges not only raises our platform, but improves our writing and creates evangelists for our work.

Ask Jen questions live or on the forum - as much as you wish!

We end the program with one-week virtual writing retreat and celebration - set aside as much of the week as you can to write your heart out and cross your self-declared finish line. You'll meet for live sessions on May 9, May 11th and May 13th.

Plus you also get

1 KickOff on February 11th Join us for a 60 minute call to get settled and go over the program before we dive in the following week for our first retreat.

We'll start with a virtual writing retreat from February 15-17, and deep dive to get you settled into our time together.

4 Group Coaching Calls with small group check-ins (you can send in questions ahead of time, always recorded) sprinkled throughout our time together. Ask Jen, ask the group, draft off our energy. Connect, normalize, learn, transform.

Your Write Now experience will be even richer because of our additional one-day virtual retreats on March 23rd and April 13th.

Topped off by a one-week virtual writing retreat and celebration - set aside as much of the week as you can to write your heart out and cross your self-declared finish line.  You'll meet for live sessions on May 9, May 11th and May 13th.

Got questions between coaching calls? Ask Jen and her writing coaching team on the forum.

Our Schedule


Runs from February 11, 2022 to May 13, 2022


Kick Off Call on February 11th 


Writing Retreat #1: February 15 - 17 at 10 am to 1 pm MT

Writing Retreat #2: March 23 at 10 am to 1 pm MT

Writing Retreat #3: April 13 at 10 am to 1 pm MT

Writing Retreat #4: May 9, 11 and 13  at 10 am to 1 pm MT



Coaching Call #1: Feb 25 at 10 am to 11:30 am MT

Coaching Call #2: March 11 at 10 am to 11:30 am MT

Coaching Call #3: April 8 at 10 am to 11:30 am MT

Coaching Call #4: April 22 at 10 am to 11:30 am MT


Live Call with Allison K Williams: March 25 at 10am MT


FORGET PLATFORM: BUILD A BRIDGE 


“Author platform” can feel like chasing numbers on social media sites we’re not thrilled to be on in the first place. But by treating our interactions with readers as a two-way street, we have a chance to further develop our writing and our expertise, and build a community eager to hear what we have to say—and tell all their friends about our book, too. 


Allison K Williams is the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book, which she sold to a traditional publisher on proposal, based largely on her reputation and connection with the community of writers eager for her expertise. She’ll show how to leverage what you already know to build your reputation online and off, and how the act of building bridges not only raises our platform, but improves our writing and creates evangelists for our work.

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Bonuses

Allison K Williams will be presenting all about platform.

Access to Jen’s personal Writing Library of resources on craft, publishing, and the business of writing. New resources added regularly.

Special extras and surprises because you are part of Write Now!

What Past Participants Say About the Experience

Colleen Armstrong

“This course has been fabulous!! I have loved it and find it so well organized, the reminder frequency 'just right'.  The non-mandatory homework has also made me feel I wasn't drinking from a firehose and chronically behind.


I am so grateful for your coaching and that you participate so frequently in the small group forums.  This is one of the best courses I've taken.”

Mary Montayne 

"I have had the good fortune of attending several of Jen’s wonderful retreats, and still I continue to sign up for more of them. It is not because they don’t work for me (like diets) but because they do! Jen knows her stuff from thirty years of writing, teaching, publishing, and coaching, but she never rests on her laurels (even though she has many). She continues to practice and experiment, to learn and grow, and then share this knowledge with us, her students. No matter how often I take one of Jen’s courses or go to one of her retreats, I ALWAYS come away with even more tools in my toolbox and more confidence in myself.

She did that again for me in Write Now. Jen shares what she knows (and is learning) with compassion, honesty and exuberance.  I had fun as I built confidence in my writing and project. I found the small group experience, the resources, the lessons and the prompts to be just what I needed to move my writing forward.

Write Now gave me the courage to dive deep into a memoir about my husband’s last two years of life and the two years since his death. I don’t think I could have done this difficult but, for me, important work without Write Now. It is so worth it, because my writing, AND yours, is worth it!"

Kate Mangan 

"Thank you a million times for doing Write Now! I'm so grateful to have been a part of it. It's really changed my writing practice, which is to say, truly, that it's changed my life practice. I haven’t done anything for myself in—goodness—years and years, at least not on a deep, regular basis. Sure, there have been yoga classes and drinks with friends, but I haven’t claimed this much time or this many resources for myself in a good long time. Yikes! Could it be decades? I feel like some kind of ice floe of resistance to giving myself what I need and want has been cracked. I feel like I have concrete tools that I can turn to now when I get flummoxed or don’t feel like what I want matters. I feel like I can trust myself to dig myself out of my self-made holes now. I am also feeling a lot braver about stating that writing matters to me. Absolutely most useful from the course: Choosing ONE thing to do to make my body feel safe before I write. I made it super simple, clear beginning and end, and I can do it anywhere, anytime. Now it’s like a Pavlov response: I do my thing, and I know it’s time to write. I can do it even when my new puppy has kept me awake half the night and is yipping for attention—and that means it really works no matter what! The most important thing writers should know about Write Now is that you can learn to make writing safe—and Jen can teach you! Also, that you aren’t alone--there's a terrifically warm, caring community of writers out there, and a lot of them will be in Write Now!”

Amy Foltz

"I came to Write Now struggling to maintain momentum with my novel. I hadn't been making my writing a priority, and this course helped me to focus on it. I especially wanted to make progress, so that I could share - and celebrate! - with my small group. I was committed each week to supporting the writers in my small group, and I started a practice to support myself in the same nurturing way at the same time. I figured out my 3rd act, with help from tools Jen shared in the curriculum. Before Write Now, I wasn't sure this project could be book-sized, but now I see that it can. And, I know that I have the ability to get it there! The most important thing to know about Write Now is that you will find an inspired teacher in Jen and a supportive community of other writers to learn, discuss, and grow your writing. It's been a great writing year, thanks to Jen and Write Now!" 

Alison Hills

"I loved this class so much. Write Now provides the perfect balance of practical support and artistic inspiration. I’ve been studying writing and teaching writing for thirty years. Jen is the only teacher and coach who both nurtures the deep safety and connection writers need and creates the structure writers need to move forward with their work. I have worked with Jen at her inperson retreats and as an individual client. Write Now combines all the wisdom and practicality of those experiences while leading writers through a step-by-step sustainable writing process for whatever stage of writing. Plus, she does all this with her fantastic sense of humor and fun while connecting you to other writers. Perfect cure for these isolating, enervating times. I’ve already signed up for her next session."

Michelle Darrow

"The curriculum is amazing and the value you receive for your financial investment is beyond fabulous! I am a newbie to the field of writing and taking Write Now was like being at toys*r *us when I was a kiddo -- right before the holidays. There is so much valuable information! The retreats and calls are informative and FUN!  Jen is super-fun with a huge heart-- she cares about her students-- and it shows. The extra activities/assignments can take your writing/projects further. I think that contributes to making this program beneficial for writers at any level. Jen is so generous with how she shares her information, and the content is orderly with a focused build-up -- and there are so many enhancements available. Jen gives total freedom to the level of participation that works for you. She also makes it clear that she cares about you and what you want to get out of the class. She does this by giving gentle nudges, but never in a way that feels overwhelming. She makes it clear in the most loving of ways, that this is your journey and she is there to support it---but she is never intrusive or negative. I ended the course with an overall sense of clarity, nailing down my book’s subject matter and reader, as well as an overall sense of momentum, inspiration, and a desire to keep going. Thank you so much for this amazing ride!”

Mysti Berry

"I got just what I needed!!!!  Jen is a remarkably generous spirit made more remarkable by these mean and troubled times, and I'm glad for every minute I was able to spend with her & the crew. I had been bothered for months and months, feeling "stuck" at a level of writing that frustrated me. Experiencing the course, especially the first half, helped me break through some old crud, and the containers + priming the pump helped my practice immensely. Your course, especially the discussions of intentionality, was the push I needed to reach that next level--it's practically a physical feeling, you know? So much less pressure to "get it perfect" the first time, which is just awful for creative work. Here’s the metric I treasure most: I *love* writing again. My schedule is still a challenge, but I'm no longer struggling with myself, haunted by the fear that I'm not good enough to write fiction, or any of that stuff (though, of course it may rise up from time to time--thank you for sharing that new circumstance can be a trigger--that's so helpful to remember!!!!). I look forward to the page, I don't hide from it these days and that is a gift I treasure. Jen created trust, clear and kind boundaries, shared just the content & experience I needed--and I ran with it. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!”

Demetra

"Thanks so much for the innumerable ways you enriched my fall with the Write Now Program - I am so grateful. I work with a life coach to help me juggle my varied responsibilities, and she looked at me like I was crazy in September when I told her I'd added the class to my rather unwieldy plate(s). I said to her then, and I believe even more fully now, that the mindset work I would do in the course would be as or more valuable than the actual writing. I'm delighted to report that it's true. I aspire to continue to use the numerous  lessons you shared to inspire and drive my writing projects as they progress. The community also offered invaluable perspective and encouragement.”

Write Now has the potential to change how you write forever.

  • Is it finally time to devote yourself to your writing?
  • To learn to work with your brain to reduce the struggle?
  • To believe in your ideas?
  • To put your creative work front and center more of the time?
  • To let go of beliefs and fears that hold you back from sharing your work?
  • To give your writing the support, the attention, the community, and the knowledge--not available anywhere else--to flourish?

If you’re willing to devote yourself to writing, if you’re willing to declare, “My writing matters,” join Write Now.

I can’t wait to help you create a more generative, flexible, consistent, and happy relationship to writing starting now.

Save $300 and join Write Now for $1495 (limited time offer!)

payment plan available

Tuition includes:

  • Write Now Focus Form (Value $35)
  • The Write Now audio (and transcripts) curriculum. I’ll teach you everything I know about making writing easier and more successful, for you and for your reader.  Weekly learning that will change your writing process for the better. (Value $795)
  • Your Write Now experience will be even richer because of our additional one-day virtual retreats on March 23rd and April 13th. Topped off by a one-week virtual writing retreat and celebration - set aside as much of the week as you can to write your heart out and cross your self-declared finish line. You'll meet for live sessions on May 9, May 11th and May 13th. (Value $1200)
  • Twice weekly silent writing times. Gather and focus. (Value $200)
  • 4 group teaching coaching calls. (Value $495)
  • A custom writing library of audios, exercises, and links. (Value $1000)
  • Live call with Allison K Williams who will be presenting all about platform. (Value $125)
  • Writing forum with weekly writing assignments and support. (Value: $Priceless.)
  • Small group support. (Value: $Also priceless.)
  • Jen’s 30 years of writing, publishing, meditation, and creative experience (Value: $Priceless.)
  • Unparalleled support, accountability, and energy from the group container (Value: $Fun!)

Are you tired of struggling?

Are you craving a kind like-minded community?

Are you ready to change your writing life?


I hope you'll join us. I hope it's your time to write now.

FAQ

Will Jen be coaching us one-on-one or reading our work?

Nope. Jen or her writing coaching team will answer questions in the forum and Jen will coach the group in the four live calls. Individual writing coaching with Jen is not available at this time.

Can I expect to publish something at the end of the program?

No writing program can offer you a publishing guarantee outside of helping you finish a piece that you can then self-publish to a blog, social media, or an open site like Medium. Focusing and finishing are part of Write Now as are resources to find the right place to submit but we offer no false guarantees.

What kind of writer is this program for? 

Any genre, any kind of writer, any goal for your writing except poetry. If you want to take your writing to another level of intention and you are ready to commit three months of steady work, you will benefit. Whether it’s creating content to sell your services, writing a novel, exploring personal essay, finishing your memoir, crafting your business book, this program will help.

How is this different than the Non-Fiction Mastermind?

Write Now is a prerequisite for the mastermind. The Mastermind requires a bigger time commitment and is only open to non-fiction writers. It’s a great next step when you are ready to get direct feedback from Jen and peers, have a clear non-fiction project in mind, and can devote 5 hours or more to your writing each week.

How much time do I need for this program?

Please plan on 30 minutes for the curriculum, 30 minutes for your small group participation and then time to participate in the coaching calls or virtual retreats. Please do not sign up if you don't have time to participate. This is 'per week'.

Are you going to help us build a platform or market our work?

Jen is happy to take questions about that during the live coaching calls but that aspect of writing will not be covered in the weekly lessons.

Refund Policy

Because this is a highly personalized program and because we will be pairing you with other writers who will rely on you to show up, we don't want you to join the program unless you have given careful thought to if you can participate fully and if it is the right fit for you.

We have a no-refund policy because we want you to think hard about your time and investment, make sure you have checked out Jen’s writing and teaching style, and looked at your own calendar to see if you can make the time.

Why not listen in on a sample lesson to see if you like the audio lessons that form the heart of Write Now?

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