Do you have a story to tell?

UNLEASHED

12 weeks to write your way wild and free
Release your voice, seduce your muse, unbind your wild and write your way free.
Begins July 10th 2017
Download the UNLEASHED Intro chapter – Free!

YES, YOU WANT TO WRITE

But most of the time – maybe all of the time – you don't.
You don't because writing is scary.
You don't write because you tell yourself that writing is for other people – and those people are far more fascinating and have way more talent than you.
You don't write because you don't have enough time and nobody would really want to write anyway.
At least that is what you tell yourself.
I know the voices that keep you from telling your story – because for years they kept me from mine.
IT IS TIME TO QUIET THOSE VOICES FOR GOOD.

Unleashed is a dynamic 12-week writing workshop.
A safe space of ultimate permission.
Where the community is as important as the words, and the spirit is way more important than technique.
A place where your story – as raw and real and beautiful as you – is finally set free. 
Yes. I am ready to unleash!
All those excuses you have for not writing – it's time to put them to rest. Now.
You are here because you feel a story swirling in the center of your gut and chasing you in your dreams.
You are here because you have a voice that yearns for release.
You are here because you've got a stack of journals dating back to grade school, but have rarely dared share your soul-spillings with a single soul.
You are here because words move you, transport you, carry you away. And because somewhere deep down inside you know that you have that magic living in you.
You are here because you have been hiding too long, and it is time to step into the light. YOUR time to be seen and heard.
You are here because it is time to drop the excuses, to release the justifications, to refuse to play small.
You are here because it is time to write.

Hello, lovely.

I'm Jeanette – and I believe deeply in the transformative and revolutionary power of YOUR story. I believe that a writer isn't made by publication or fancy degrees or accolades or legions of fans (though those are lovely) but by the simple act of writing their lives through the burning stories that live within.

And I believe that YOU are a writer. If you weren't – you wouldn't be here. And because you are here – because you were called to this page by some mystery or serendipity or intention – I also believe that you are ready. Ready to unleash. Ready to unbind. Ready to release the chains that have been holding you down and to leave behind the stories that keep you small.

It is time. You are ready. Write yourself free.

xo.
J.

 

It is time to unleash YOUR voice.

Is Unleashed right for you? 

  • Are you intimidated by writing and think it's something other, more talented people do?
  • Do you ever feel like your life is too boring and mundane to give you enough zing to create anything truly memorable?
  • Are you scared you’ll pour your heart and soul into your blog and nobody will read?
  • Do you need  to tap into a well of authentic content for your business.
  • Do you crave the ability to write words that are filled with your spirit and different from the rest, but have absolutely no idea where to begin? 
  • Are you seeking a community of fellow wild-hearted writers?
  • Do you want to be a part of something bigger – a creative movement of kindred spirits joining together to blast through barriers and put their words out into the world?

Are you ready to UNLEASH your writing?

  • Connector.

    Are you ready to go deep?

  • Connector.

    Do you have a burning story inside you - one that won't let you go?

  • Connector.

    Do you often say things like 'But I'm not a writer" and avoid the writing you so want to do?

  • Connector.

    Are you finally ready to answer the call of your muse?

  • Connector.

    Are you ready to commit to the practice of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and giving yourself over to the call of your story?

  • Connector.

    Are you longing for a community of wild hearted souls, all traveling a path toward truth and a place without boundaries?

  • Connector.

    Are you ready for your writing to have new focus, new direction and your authentic voice to sing loud and clear through your written words in a way you never really thought possible?

  • Connector.

    Do you need a safe and sacred space to set your story free?

Yes. I am ready to unleash!
But you say you're not a writer?

Nonsense. Being a writer has nothing to do with publishing books or fame and fortune – and everything to do with a relentless pull toward the story of things.

You, my dear, are most definitely a writer. If you were not, you wouldn't be here.

 

Unleashed includes:

Your words. Unleashed.

  • 01 A pathway into your revolutionary story.

    Your words, unleashed. Flying high. Up and out into the world and soaring high, the way they were always meant to be.

  • 02
    No rules.

    No required timeline. No way to do this wrong. Think of these twelve weeks as a container of ultimate permission. For your words. For your revolutionary story. For you.

Community + Connection.

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    A community like no other.

    In a Wild Heart Writers Workshop, the community is at the forefront of the experience. You will connect with kindred souls, and create bonds with others on the same journey into their own stories. This community will embolden, lift, encourage and inspire – long after the twelve weeks are over.

  • 02
    A safe space to unfurl.

    The private Facebook Group will become your home away from home. Circle with us daily to share your writings, your questions, the bits and pieces of your story that come pouring out.

  • 03
    Weekly Office Hours

    Weekly office hours (with yours truly) where we dive deep into your writing, answer your questions and share our celebrity crushes (naturally). Also – whiskey. We should probably have whiskey.

  • 04
    Live calls

    Each week join us for live interviews and Q & A calls with authors, bloggers, speakers and poets. We'll talk creative process, dive into that week's theme and you'll have a chance to ask your burning questions.

Course Content

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    Right to your inbox

    Each week you’ll receive an email containing that week's chapter, occasional audio and video prompts and information on community events.

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    Printable Workshop Book

    Beautifully designed workbook chapters featuring essays and exercises related to the week's theme – designed to guide and unleash your voice, along with plenty of blank space to write your truth.

Become A Wild Heart Writer

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    Wild Heart Writers Community

    Become a part of the exclusive Wild Heart Writers Community. The Community is a place to celebrate, promote and expand the work and reach of current and past participants.

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    Social Media Platforms

    As a Wild Heart Writer, we are dedicated to using our social platforms to showcase YOUR words, including quotes, graphics and memes.

  • 03
    The Wild Heart Website

    Submit your writing to be published on our Wild Heart Writer's website – where our team is devoted to sharing your essays, stories, and activism.

  • 04
    Writer's Spotlights

    Each month our team will highlight one of our community members in a Writer's Spotlight – including an interview and an opportunity to highlight your current writings or projects.

 

“As you move through the weeks of Unleashed, you may wonder – am I breaking into my voice or breaking under the skin of my truths? The answer is yes. This course is about cracking open with ink. Jeanette holds a space to allow all the big, slippery, messy, strange, beautiful, tricky words to surface and be witnessed. She’s not afraid to coax them out of you either, if you give her just that inch. With that pulsing, visceral voice of hers, she immerses you into raw and revealing territory that stirs up the rare questions, and the diverse weekly guests bring in prism angles of insight and inspiration. This offering is not really a course at all. It’s a community of writers unafraid to run up to the verge.”

Aimee Hansen

So,what are we going to do?
We are going to dive deep into the fierce journey of unearthing your voice. We’re going to coax and seduce and cajole your inner Hemingway (or Bukowski, or Woolf, or Cheryl Strayed or whoever the hell makes your pulse sing that song of recognition) into glorious reality.
These 12 weeks will be an exercise of trust and passion with a serious side of moxie.
It’s gonna be real.
Because here’s the thing:
I KNOW that you have words in you. I believe that you have a story to tell, and that nobody else can tell it but you.
Unleashed is about making a commitment to that story.
It is about you stepping up and owning the voice that lives inside of you – giving it space to breathe and live and grow.
This is about ditching your inside voice and getting loud.
The world needs to hear what you have to say – and together we are going to help you say it.

Week One: Writing Is Attention

Bring your attention to the ordinary-extraordinary and watch how rich your writing becomes.

Week Two: Writing Is Unknowing

Forget all you think you know about writing. Erase the rules and begin again.

Week Three: Writing Is Remembrance

Honor your memories, the stories of the past that will not let you go.

Week Four: Writing Is Facing Fear

There is no true storytelling without facing fear. Yes, we're going to go where you fear to tread.

Week Five: Completion Week: A week of space to dig deeper into the exercises that are demanding more of your attention.

Week Six: Writing Is Vulnerability

Truly brave writing demands vulnerability – explore the tender spaces and learn to fly.

Week Seven; Writing Is Coming Clean

It is time to come clean, to speak truth, to shed shame. To write into the wild spaces. Together.

Week Eight: Writing Is Becoming Your Own Guru

You are the only expert. You are the divine truth teller. The only real guru is you.

Week Ten; Writing Is Unapologetic

No more apologies. No more half-truths in the name of their comfort. What do you need to write?

Week Ten: Completion Week: A week of space to dig deeper into the exercises that are demanding more of your attention.

Week Eleven: Writing Is Embodied

The body calls us to story. Our story speaks the truth of our bones. Together, everything is possible.

 

Week Twelve Writing Is Universal

My story. Your story. So very different – and yet, joined by slivers of universal truth. Dive into these.


What Unleashed IS

  • 12 weeks of deep community, wild-hearted writing prompts, soul baring exercises
  • A space to up-level your prose
  • A fiercely guided writing adventure
  • A safe space to dive deep into the practice and process of writing
  • A collective of writers, just like you, who will cheer you on, push you deeper and gently kick your ass if necessary

What Unleashed IS NOT

  • Your typical writing class. We don't have rules, we ignore limits. We write wild
  • A place where you'll be chastised for creative use of profanity (in fact, extra points will likely be given)
  • A technical class. There will be no in-depth explanations of the Oxford comma (I never can figure that thing out, really) or the proper positioning of semi-colons
  • No red pens. I threw them all away years ago

Full 12 week workshop = $397.

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
Pay in 4 easy installments of $110.25 – Click below for details.

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Live Weekly Video Calls

Each week we'll host a live call with a talented guest from the world of writing to dive deeply into that week's theme and to talk inspiration, process and the courage to unleash.

Your Unleashed guests:

Brian Andreas

Brian Andreas

Storypeople


Writer, painter, publisher and speaker, Brian is beloved worldwide for his simple and poetic Storypeople sketches and writings.


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Andrea Gibson

Poet


Andrea is a world renowned performer – known for groundbreaking spoken word performances.

 


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Marybeth Bonfiglio

Writer


MaryBeth is a writer, mother, artist, activist and midwife. Her work is doing what women have always done and to create the space and dialogue so all women can continue to do it.

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Rachael Maddox

Author + Trauma Specialist


Rachel is a gifted trauma specialist and expert on writing through hard subjects. She is also the author of Secret Bad Girl.

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Patti Digh

Writer


Author of 8 books, including “Life is a Verb”, “Creative is a verb”, “Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be”, “Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be” and others. Her focus is on helping people use creativity and mindfulness to live their most intentional lives, and on social justice education.


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Candace Walsh

Writer + Editor


Award winning author, editor and teacher of writing, Candace's 2012 memoir, Licking The Spoon won a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.


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Buddy Wakefield

Writer


Three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records.

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Jacob Nordby

Writer + Coach


Author of Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives and The Divine Arsonist. He is the Marketing Director for Hierophant Publishing and the founder of indie press, Manifesto Publishing. He created and teaches the popular Creative UnBootcamp and does private coaching and consulting work with writers (and those who want to be).

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Samantha Bennett

Writer + Speaker + Actor + Teacher


She is the creator of The Organized Artist Company. She is also the author of the bestselling, “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” and “Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists” (New World Library)

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Lidia Yuknavitch

Writer


Aauthor of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, as well as a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence (Routledge).

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Joy Young

Spoken word performance & teaching artist


Joy is a spoken word performance & teaching artist residing in Phoenix, Az available for features, hosting, workshops, and other word related shenanigans. Joy’s work has been seen at the National Poetry Slam (2013, 2014), the Individual poetry Slam (2014, where they ranked in the top 25), Women of the World Poetry Slam (2015, where they ranked in the top 20).

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Jen Lemen

Writer + Mentor + Artist


Working at the crossroads of ancient wisdom and modern learning. Her work focuses on the nuance and depth of human emotion and how rejecting the presuppositions of dominant culture helps us create parts of liberation and devotion to a new world. You can follow her flash fiction and nature photography on Instagram at @jenlemen and her work as a guide and mentor at www.thewayofdevotion.org

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Shannon Crossman

Writer + artist + public speaker


Shannon is a writer, artist, technical wizard, public speaker, witch, priestess, gluten free baker, time-bender, and COO who happens to possess a degree in Transpersonal & Somatic Psychology. She’s a mama and grandma to a gaggle of wild girls who make her heart happy. Shannon still believes in magic, craves the ocean like a land-locked mermaid, and dreams of a life without shoes.

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Amy Ferris

Writer + Editor


Ferris is the author of the bestselling memoir Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, which debuted theatrically (Off-Broadway) in 2012. Ferris edited the new anthology Shades of Blue, Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue (Seal Press), and co-edited the anthology Dancing At The Shame Prom (Seal Press). She has contributed to numerous anthologies including: He Said What? The Drinking Diaries, Exit Laughing, and The Buddha Next Door.

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Morgan Wade

Writer + Coach + Motivational Whip Cracker


Morgan Wade is a coach, speaker and and motivational whip-cracker. She teaches brave creatives and people hungry for whole-hearted living how to trust themselves, make (more) money doing what they love, and how to wrangle their minds into beautifully cooperative submission. Morgan is currently bringing it home in her book-in-progress, The Burn Book, an instruction manual for living a life on fire.

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Delfina Alden

Mystic, Healer, Author, Spiritual Activist


Delfina  describes herself simply as a woman on a mission to leave this world better than she found it. Delfina has awakened, inspired and empowered thousands of spiritual warriors via her workshops, online academy, podcast and youtube show. Delfina’s first book, Heart and Soul Pieces: A Mystical Journey to Healing and Self-Recovery shot to Amazon Bestseller status becoming the number one new release in two categories for over two weeks.

How it’s going to go down:

After your purchase you’ll join the others in our private Facebook group.  Here, the focus is on safety and connection. This space is private and inclusive. We go deep and open wide and together our stories come to life in a way they could not otherwise.

The group will also be your home for the twelve weeks – for writing prompts, inspiration and encouragement. Included in the 12 week course are two weeks devoted just to catch up and completion – so we can dive deeper into the exercises that call our attention and move closer to the work that is pulling us forward into deeper creation.

For the 12 weeks of the course you’ll receive weekly emails that will contain downloadable chapters of the Unleashed book – packed full of inspirational quotes, popular essays from {peace.love.free} and unconventional writing exercises and prompts that will push you out of your comfort zone, past the excuses and into the space where words flow wild and free.

Once a week we’re going to throw a little soiree. It’s BYOB (you are, however, welcome to send me wine or whiskey – anytime) and come as you are. You will have access to a live Q&A call with some of my favorite writerly friends and gurus. We’ll riff about words and prose and how we seduce the damn muse. We’ll chat on the sometimes-difficult reality of melding writing and life and answer your burning questions. You definitely won’t want to miss the party.

At the end of our adventure, when we’re all a little more gritty and windblown and high on words, you’ll get to download the complete book and workbook along with additional bonus exercises to keep the words flowing long into the future.

And remember – once a Wild Heart Writer, ALWAYS a Wild Heart Writer. When Unleashed is over you'll be welcomed into The Wild Heart Writers Collective and continue as a part of our family of writers.

Yes. I want in!

Testimonials:

“If you want to dive deep… If words mesmerize you, move you, shake you to your core at times… If you want community and support as you sink and soar into the depths of yourself… Unleashed is for you. Jeanette has a bewitching way with words. She helps peel back the layers so you can see in new ways. Her questions challenge and delight. That alone is worth the cost of the course, but that's not all that happens in Unleashed. Yes, your perspective grows and shifts and your writing transforms, absolutely. Yet, one of Jeanette's most stellar talents is creating community. The tribe you meet in her programs are phenomenal creatives of all sorts who congregate to support one another on the journey. It's a welcoming, open-hearted, safe space to stretch your wings (especially if you're new to writing or the thought of sharing your words makes you quake in your boots).
I cannot say enough good things about this woman and the wild magic she weaves through her programs. When I started with her, I never dared to share my words beyond a few close friends. Now, I'm a regular contributor to an online blog (not mine), have pieces coming out in print anthologies this year, and am working on a memoir project and a book of poetry. I've grown by leaps and bounds as a writer which was infinitely easier to do because I got used to sharing in the Wild Hearts Community where there's so much loving support, it helps quell the little voices inside that make a body tremor at the thought of “saying THAT” out loud, so others could hear.
If you want to write, if you dream of words, if your heart feels called to the page, Unleashed and the Wild Heart Writers are one of the best gifts you could give to yourself.”

Shannon Crossman

“The only way out is through” I was told when I began one of Jeanette LeBlanc's courses a little over a month ago. I wanted to write, but I was struggling, abhorred by my own demons and repelled by my own fear. Little by little she drew that out of me. I knew deep down that I had something to say – but what I didn't realize is that my words had the power to stir something just as deep inside other people. It was like throwing rocks into a very still pond. Blinded by particles of our own stories of sadness and loss and introspection that had stayed dormant for the longest time, we began to write like our very lives depended on it until we emerged, gasping for air – our limbs deadened from exhaustion but surging with pride.
While I was doing that course, 36 years of stories surfaced. The ones that I have hushed and begged and pleaded to stay quiet and still, would no longer stay dormant in the water. I have written my way through most of them and I can tell you – that this is by far one of the bravest things I have ever done.
Through this experience I have met some of the most breathtakingly talented writers, who I am now proud to call friends and more than anything, I want to step up and take the next level, write the rest of my stories and unleash the novel inside of me, as well.
I hope you'll come along too. Because deep down you want to write. Because you have stories of your own that you hush and keep still in your own silent pond. Because you have no idea whose heart can be healed by your words (yes you), and if that is the case – in the immortal words of William Chapman – “If you can touch one heart with what's in yours, you were not only meant to be a writer, you are obligated.”

Erica Wheadon