Renegade Writing

September 12 - 16, 2018

How do we discover the story we wish to tell? And what blocks us from telling it? Once we start, what keeps us from finishing, and how do we stop using fear as an editor? Balance discussion of craft with the analysis and deconstruction of mental blocks, resistance, and fear hindering our writing practice. This retreat focuses on tangible results, direct feedback on your writing, new ways of looking at our fear, and a rebuilding of what we think “writers” do so we can find what WE do, and letting that be enough.

Writing cannot be separated from thinking, and therefore, we must examine our thoughts about writing before we can expect our practice to change. Happily, a focus on craft is in many ways the ticket to freedom from the mental noise in our brains: feeling like a fraud, that we aren’t “talented,” that we’ll run out of things to say (or it’s all been said already), so we will work together to fuse craft and practice, skill and thought, in a fun, safe, and humorous environment.

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.

Janelle is dynamic and hilarious. She has a wealth of knowledge which she freely imparts and I left (the retreat) with goals, a renewed passion for my project and a ton of new information. I recommend Janelle so highly for her ability to captivate, invigorate and electrify a room and for her skills with human interaction on a real and raw level. – Amy S.