Janelle Hanchett

Janelle Hanchett is an author, blogger, and mother of four living in Northern California. A lifelong journal writer and chronic English major (she holds a B.A. and M.A. in English), she founded a blog called “Renegade Mothering” in 2011, after the birth of her third child, because she couldn’t find anybody writing her experience of motherhood. Writing after the kids went to bed, between graduate school classes and on lunch breaks from her “real” job, Janelle is well versed in writing as a hobby and the struggle to prioritize creative work that may or may not result in financial returns.

Over the years, Janelle’s blog grew to draw hundreds of thousands of readers each month and eventually attracted the attention of a Literary Manager and Agent at 3 Arts Entertainment, who worked with her to turn a very rough first draft memoir into a book proposal, which sold to Hachette Book Group and will be published May 2018. Janelle has taught writing at the university level, and has been independently leading creative writing workshops and retreats for three years.


Events with Janelle Hanchett

Seriously Funny: In Writing, In Life
September 15, 2019

Humorless writing is dead writing. Learn how to incorporate humor into your own work as we celebrate and examine the comedic in art: literature, film, theater, and even political analyses. Explore parody, satire, timing and rhythm, voice and tone, as well as the ever-elusive writing of dialogue. What makes a character funny? How do we laugh at the human condition in a way that deepens meaning? Learn how to infuse narratives and plot with humor, even when dealing with the most difficult of subjects. Humor heals, it keeps us reading and living, and every writer can learn how to use their unique…