November 10th, 2018
with Jennifer Louden
Imagine how it would feel to devote an entire day to your writing.
A day in which instead of staring at the screen in frustration
or editing the same piece of writing to death
or wondering where to go next
You’re writing with joy! With intention! With friends and with a seasoned writing coach and writing pro who's an expert at moving you past fears, blocks and stuck places into fresh thrilling authentic writing.
So put your phone in a drawer, lock your studio door or get out of the house, and get ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing your voice, your stories, your words.
I’ve been teaching in-person writing retreats and workshops for 26 years. And I absolutely love being knee-to-knee with writers and creatives, teaching them how to bring their words to the page with more joy, self-compassion, and truth.
It’s really life-changing.
And I know that it’s not easy to travel, to take 5+ days off, and to afford my retreats. I read your emails telling me how much you want to retreat and can’t and my heart hurts.
That’s why I’m hosting a virtual writing retreat to give you the same retreat experience to unfurl your writing like maybe nothing else has before.
Come to get a bunch of writing done on a project. To jumpstart a book or a blog. Come for the love of the craft. Or to get started again. To gain insight into your. To reconnect with your voice. To love writing again!
Gather your favorite writing materials and clear your schedule for November 10th.
Show up & let the process take you.
Sink deep into your writing, calm the critical voices, and get a lot of words written and/or revised with joy.
This retreat is perfect for you if…
This retreat is not a fit for you if…
nOVEMBER 10th, 2018
We will keep our Zoom room open all day - you will be encouraged to keep your camera on - yes even if you are writing in your pj’s in bed! (you will be muted so don’t worry about dogs barking, cats mewoing, etc.) and we will weave in and out of writing and learning! The schedule above will help you plan if you have to or want to be away from the screen.
Invocation, find safety, and first prompts
Short check-in for energy and focus
What is writing brave? How do you manage your nervous system to do so? What isn’t it? A discussion and writing prompts
Dive back in - short get back into writing session including experimenting with different kinds of writing methods
Why bother? Taking the critic and turning him/her into an ally. Discussing when and why to have a reader in mind. Taking back your power from writing prompts. Less writing, more learning in this session but then a powerful send off into your next writing session
Read to your small groups
Closing retreat and Q&A
A FULL day of writing together.
A small group reading session via Zoom video room (No criticism!!! Powerful witnessing!!! Jen kicks you off!!!)
An ending Q&A session + planning how to keep writing
My short e-book on How to Prepare for a Virtual Retreat & Take Care of Yourself During It to get focused and make this time yours
A huge fantastic e-book I created for my abruptly canceled Creative Live class on Going from Beginner to Writing Pro that includes dozens of links to publishing resources and favorite writing books and tons more!
Joining a writing retreat 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
Whether you are a seasoned author or a newbie, Jen Louden's retreats provide a perfect blend of structure and spaciousness to allow for your creative muse to emerge. I felt unfettered by fear of criticism, enriched by the writing exercises and group discussions, and nourished by the emphasis on deep listening to my own voice. This was a true gift in my life, and I would recommend it to all who yearn to inspire the writer within them
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
I came away from the Retreat knowing where I was going with my writing project. Prior to that, much frustration! I feel I changed as a writer because I value my voice in my writing now, I learned about Enoughness which really seems to bring more production in my writing than if I hadn't experienced what it means. So much encouragement from Jen and the other writers. A time of awakening!
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 6 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, and A Year of Daily Joy. 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. 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… moving you from thinking and talking to DOING. Past retreat participants have self-published books, written national columns, gotten book deals, created and taught in-person and online courses, began full-time writing careers, and learned they are in fact, writers! Nothing would make Jen happier than to help you start and most importantly, FINISH some aspect of your writing project. Her belief is that we all have scary sh*t we want to get done and we’re more likely to do it when we’ve got a coach in our corner and a community of doers surrounding us.
You, me and a group of writers will gather on the video platform Zoom where I’ll be giving you writing prompts and leading sessions on a variety of topics BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY? We will get you writing and you be know what to write when we sign off!
You will put what I offer into play right away (best way to learn and get writing done!)
We will all meet on Zoom, I will explain how to read to each other, we will put you in small groups (4 or 5) and you will read aloud something you have written during the retreat. There will be no criticism but a simple powerful process of reflection you will find very empowering.
The large group teaching sessions will be recorded and we’ll send them to you. The small group reading session will not be recorded.
During the first session I’ll offer great ways to help you choose a focus for your writing. It’ll surprise you how easy it is to pick something you’re excited about - and how good it feels once you do.
That totally depends. This is not a bootcamp kind of writing experience at all. There’s no such thing as doing it right or being the “good student” who delivers a neatly packaged piece at the end. The goals of this virtual writing retreat are to:
It’s different in the most obvious of ways (we aren't together and there is no bacon!); however, when it comes to the teaching, I’ll be using some of the same material I do in my longer retreats and creating as close to an in-person experience as I can. I will create safety; share effective prompts; create clear containers of writing time so you get more writing done than usual; share tools and techniques to both free your voice and help you finish things and release fear; be goofy; love you up!
Immediately upon registering you’ll receive an email welcoming you to the retreat and offering some suggestions for how to prepare. You’ll also get a link to my short booklet on How to Prepare for a Virtual Retreat & Take Care of Yourself During It so that you can set yourself up to have the best experience possible and really take the whole day - maybe even the night before! The rest is easy. Just clear your schedule, show up and let the process take you!
Your payment is non-refundable. This is a live event not a pre-recorded class.
If you wish to give it away your spot because of illness or your plans changing,
we can accommodate that up to 24 hours before we start.
I encourage you to make a thoughtful decision about whether or not
to register for this virtual writing retreat.
I had arrived at a place in my life where I was struggling with whether I could still write, debating whether I honestly wanted to write, and questioning whether I had anything to say that anyone wanted to hear. After working with Jen, I departed with the strong desire to tell my story, a novel idea for the structure in which to do it, and a dash of sarcasm and humor to relate what might otherwise be too painful to tell.
I might liken the experience of working with Jen to an artful counseling session: She provides a bit of instruction and a series of thoughtful questions for me to explore and find my own truth. Jen the writer, along with Jen the gifted teacher, created a safe place for me to discover my voice again. For that, I am deeply grateful.
Kim Voss | Disability Rights Advocate, Speaker, and Writer