A Women’s Writing Incubator
Create a more generative, flexible and happy relationship to writing.
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.
Is writing a struggle for you?
Or perhaps writing is a joy but it's difficult to prioritize or to restart after you've been interrupted for the millionth time?
If any or all of that is true, I'd like to invite you to be part of...
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, 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.
Write Now: everything I know about how to make writing work for you.
No matter your goals or your genre.
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...
Steeped in feminism, based on brain science and decades of studying meditation, rooted in the body as much as your head, and infused with 40 years of studying writing, Write Now is a writing program like no other.
Here’s how it works:
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. We will be tracking what you want to create and encouraging you throughout the 3 months.
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.
After the retreat, every Sunday 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.
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
Stretch to Connect without Giving Yourself Away
and Real Life
Seduce, Harness and Ignore the Itty-Bitty Shitty Committee
Organizing your Writing to
Fit your Brain
Steal like a Writer
Construct a Voice,
Unearth a Voice,
Own a Voice
Tell the Slanted Truth
Reverse Engineer Greatness
What is your Finish Line?
How to not Lose the Thread and Not Choke Yourself with It
After our kick-off retreat, here’s how each week will go:
We'll start with a virtual writing retreat and deep dive to get you settled into our time together.
Every Sunday you’ll answer three questions for the week and tag your small group via the forum.
Jen will post weekly writing assignment suggestions.
Twice a week there will be one-hour silent writing times (sometimes hosted, sometimes silent gatherings with no-host)--make a date with your writing. Tell your small group you’ll be there.
*Times will be determined by the geographical make-up of the group.
Friday forum check-in where you share what you did this week, what got in your way, and what you learned. We will support you and inspire you to support each other in unique ways that will enhance your learning.
4 Group Teaching Calls (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.
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 November 29, December 1, and December 3 starting at 10 am MT/12 pm ET to 1 pm MT/3 pm ET.
Got questions between coaching calls? Ask Jen and her writing coaching team on the forum.
Retreat #1: September 13 - 15 at 1 pm to 4 pm MT/ 3pm to 6 pm ET
Retreat #2: November 29 - December 3
(You'll meet for live sessions on November 29, December 1, and December 3 starting
at 10 am MT/12 pm ET to 1 pm MT/3 pm ET)
Group Teaching Call #1: September 24 at 10 am MT/12 pm ET
Group Teaching #2: October 15 at 10 am MT/12 pm ET
Group Teaching #3: November 5 at 10 am MT/12 pm ET
Group Teaching #4: November 19 at 10 am MT/12 pm ET
Enrollment Closes September 1, 2021
A pre-recorded publishing seminar followed by a live Q&A call with Jane Friedman, publishing expert and consult.
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!
Write Now has the potential to change how you write forever.
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.
The cost of Write Now is $995.
payment plan available
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.
Enrollment Closes September 1, 2021
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.
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.
Any genre, any kind of writer, any goal for your writing. 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.
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.
You will gain the most benefit from Write Now if you can devote two to three hours a week most weeks. Each audio lesson will be 20-30 minutes, if you can attend both of the retreats live, and make two of the four live coaching calls.
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.
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?