Writing Brave

Virtual Retreat

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.

You’re Officially Invited to My First Ever
Virtual Writing Retreat


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! 

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Step #1


Gather your favorite writing materials and clear your schedule for November 10th.

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Step #2


Show up & let the process take you.

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Step #3


Sink deep into your writing, calm the critical voices, and get a lot of words written and/or revised with joy.

Who Is This Virtual Retreat For?

This retreat is perfect for you if…

  • You’re having trouble finding or sticking with a writing project
  • You have a lot of ideas but you’re not sure where to focus
  • You’re stalled on a project and you need help finding the next step
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    You’re in the midst of a project and want a burst of fresh energy and ideas so you stay steady to the finish line
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    You get lonely writing alone and would like to be part of a loving and energetic community of writers
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    You’ve left your writing for too long and you want to come home to it with fresh eyes and far less of a sense of burden and heaviness
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    You write lots more and with more joy when someone creates a container of space and time for you

Who Is This Virtual Retreat Not For?

This retreat is not a fit for you if…

  • You can’t set aside the day to participate LIVE (we will record for your re-listening pleasure but this is a live experience)

The Schedule

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.

7:00 am MT / 9:00 am ET

Invocation, find safety, and first prompts

8:30 am MT / 10:30 am ET

Short check-in for energy and focus

10:00 am MT/ 12:00 pm ET

What is writing brave? How do you manage your nervous system to do so? What isn’t it? A discussion and writing prompts

11:30 am MT / 1:30 pm ET

LUNCH BREAK

12:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm ET

Dive back in - short get back into writing session including experimenting with different kinds of writing methods

2:00 pm MT / 4:00 pm ET

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

4:00 pm MT / 6:00 pm ET

Read to your small groups

5:15 pm MT / 7:15 pm ET

Closing retreat and Q&A

What You'll Get

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

We will:

  • Discover what writing brave means for you
  • Learn the “big” idea that can change your brave writing life for the better
  • Generate a lot of words with intention
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    Experiment with different ways to get words on the page, some you might have never tried before
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    Take your power back from writing prompts
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    Find the WHY of your project
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    Learn how and when knowing your reader can help you focus and write faster
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    How to calm your nervous system as you write (we will do this a lot)
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    Ideas to find the time to write, put in place the biggest factor to help you write more consistently and a few thoughts on organizing your work so you stop losing stuff

When you join the retreat you also receive:

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!

What a few others have said about retreating with me

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

Elise Miller

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!

Cherie Lang

About Jen Louden

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What specifically will happen during the teaching sessions?

What exactly will happen in the small group reading?

Will the sessions be recorded?

What if I know I want to write but I’m not sure WHAT I want to write?

Will I have a finished piece in my hand by the end of the weekend?

I’ve already been to your live retreats or am attending one next year. How is this different than those?”

What happens once I register?

Refund Policy

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

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