On the other side of writing fear is personal freedom. I’ve crafted a proven framework to ignite breakthroughs. Eliminate stifling beliefs—lack of confidence, procrastination, and imposter syndrome. Clients have profound writing success.
I’m asked if people come to me because they want to write or want to heal. Both are true. Some want to break free from blocks, or find clear writing direction. Through my unique approach which blends intuition, skill, and experience, more focused, productive writing happens. Creative obstacles become a thing of the past to make way for effective, expansive writing. At last, get those words on paper! Those chapters written! The elusive book in process!
My work also helps people untangle emotional knots one word, one prompt, one story at a time. For those who want to mend grief or spiritually transform, guided writing is a profound method. By being in a deep conversation with one’s Self, words become a substantial bridge to transmute core wounds. Words are the path between you and your truest Self.
Whether we work together a few hours or few days, my gift is getting you clear, inspired, and productive! Add in the Land of Enchantment’s beauty, culture, and art, and voila! Perfect creative alchemy!
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“I celebrate and recommend Janna in a world of noisy ‘How To’ and interpersonal guides to finding your unique voice to become a writer. Janna is an exceptional Facilitator, Guide, Coach, and Teacher of the Art of Expressive Creative writing. While I have written for most of my life the mindless numbing of business and corporate messaging. Through Janna’s direction she has opened up my creative mind to enhance both my professional and personal writing. I am honored to call Janna my ‘Teacher’, Mentor, and Inspiring Facilitator of my creative Self. Participating in Janna’s Group Writing Sessions and hiring her as my Private Writing Teacher and Coach has opened up a long desired, but, now only realized creative voice with a novel in the making. Janna encourages each individual to “Show UP” for our own Self and to honor and recognize our unique voices, experiences and the individual perspectives on how we “see” and more importantly describe through words and writing the world. I recommend Janna to anyone seeking to be simply a better writer, but, more importantly I recommend Janna for anyone wanting to integrate all parts of themselves in our fragmented and compartmentalized world.”
“I have never previously taken a creative writing course and doing the workshop with Janna the last two months has been a new and freeing experience. Her process of offering prompts for us to respond to offers an opening to untold thoughts. Remembrances often float up in unique and creative response. I recommend it to anyone who wants to gain a conduit to their inner world and an opportunity to attempt a new creative outlet. Janna is very supportive and gives immediate feedback and encouragement.”
“Janna has been such an inspiration for me. I had a personal tragedy about 9 months ago and a friend invited me to Janna’s workshop a few months ago. I was very nervous and unsure what to expect, but my new life mantra has been to say ‘yes’ to opportunities I wasn’t seeking that presented themselves to me. Janna has encouraged each one of us to speak our voice and embrace where the writing takes us, there is no right or wrong. I find the variety of prompts is helpful in exploring different feelings, thoughts, and emotions and it keeps the class exciting as you never know how the evening’s workshop will evolve. I look forward to her workshop as the 2 hours each week where I am doing something just for me. I share my writing within an environment of care, encouragement, and support all under Janna’s guided coaching. Janna will kindly not let you second guess or dump on your own writing. She provides ‘pro-tips’ each weeks to help us to overcome common writing challenges. Janna has created an environment where whoever shows up each week is valued and appreciated and she has provided a setting where deeply personal experiences and thoughts have been shared with the group.
“Janna, Thank you for tonight. I had a craptastic day at work and almost bailed, but then your words popped into my head, show up for yourself. I decided to do just that and focus on something I love and myself. Gratitude on creating this amazing space.
“Janna’s writing course is the perfect environment for me to grow as a writer and a person. Writing in spurts in response to the writing prompts she give us is exhilarating. I have been a writer for more than 40 years. Yet no other course or workshops has allowed me to dig as deeply and express so clearly as this class. More than that, as a result of several of the classes, I’ve had breakthroughs with myself and members of my family. My writing and my life have been enriched.”
Whether you are a seasoned writer with years of experience, or someone who is just beginning to explore writing, I highly recommend this retreat.
Janna creates an atmosphere of safety and support.
I could not help but notice her gift for encouraging us by noticing each of our individual strengths, while simultaneously inviting each of us out of our comfort zones to expand our concept of what it means to write.
Santa Fe felt like a magical place to find inspiration. Escaping the Oregon rain for some reflection, creative exploration, clarity and motivation for writing my book, was exactly what I needed.
“I cannot emphasize enough what a magical experience this was. I’ve dabbled in writing since I can remember and have always felt so confused and unsure. Other workshops or writing groups I’ve been involved in just didn’t quite get to the source of the issue. In mere moments working with Janna, I felt a freedom I have never felt before. I feel endless possibilities unfold before, behind, and all around me. If you have any inkling that working with Janna might be for you. Take the leap. You’ll land in a space vast and nurturing and home. P.S. I’m registering for her retreat in March as soon as I’m finished writing this review. Working with her is beyond worth every penny.”
I was drawn to Janna Lopez after reading about her online, through BookBaby. In particular, her unconventional approach to writing and what I view as a writing style infused and informed by the spiritual aspect of being human. Janna’s approach resonated with my own sense of being and led me to attend the most recent three-day creative writing retreat that she hosted in Santa Fe, from November 5-7.
I found the retreat to be instantaneously transformational, captivating, and yet liberating. Transformational in that Janna’s “prompt” approach propels you not only to think fast on your feet, but also to think outside your box. Captivating as we listened to each others’ responses to the prompts. And liberating because there was no right or wrong way of answering the prompt. To me, this approach ushers in a new way of thinking, dispelled any fears I may have held and liberated me to think, feel, write, and connect to the “Word” in an authentic manner, no matter the subject.
Janna’s capacity and ability to listen with an intention to acknowledge and “salute” everyone’s individuality and sense of their whole being within the group was remarkable. Her spirit radiated energy that everyone’s story matters and everyone’s story is important. This approach put everyone in the group at ease and helped allow the individual talent to flow freely. The synergy and camaraderie that emerged from the retreat was incredible… a community for sisterhood and friendship was created. By the third day, the pace and quality of my writing skill “upon prompt” was impressive and provided me with not only a strong sense of accomplishment but also self-belief that I can write and that I can write well and without fear.
Janna is, among others, a teacher, a writer, a couch, a mentor, and an inspiration to some of us who are timid and living in fear of being judged. The retreat has shifted my writing trajectory from fear of writing to celebrating, through writing stories, fiction or nonfiction, and putting on paper ideas about cooking, eating and culture. There are numerous lessons that I draw from the writing retreat with Janna. One of the most important ones is not to doubt myself, my thoughts or ideas that flow within me. Instead, embrace them, nurture them, acknowledge them. And as I write, I should write with my whole- being, write with all the five senses without judgement, be in the present moment while connected to my spiritual self. In summary, Janna challenged me to awaken to my uniqueness, encouraged me to show up, to self-trust, recognize and own my talent.
I attended the Land of Enchantment Writing retreat in August with an idea for a book, an outline for chapter names, a couple of chapters fully written, and even an idea for an ending. I left with all of that blown out of the water and for the best reasons. I went into the retreat thinking I’d work on my sentence structure, get some feedback from a seasoned and excellent writer (Janna) and meet some new people in a beautiful setting. Most of that happened, and then so much more. I can’t possibly describe the experience because it was almost spiritual for me. I found myself crying while watching a sunset after a writing prompt on the first evening, which caught me completely off guard. After so many years of writing professionally and losing my creative way, looking back on that moment now I see it was my old self opening up a creative box I had shut tight and locked away. Janna found a key I had thrown away long ago with a simple task to watch a sunset and write about it. A flood of memories came rushing in, remembering how I used to sit in my room for hours writing as a child, and I found my love for writing again. I found my flow with my words, my soul felt lighter, and everything became clear. I know I wasn’t alone in this feeling because when I looked around, everyone had tears on their cheeks. And I knew it was going to be a special weekend. (Spoiler alert: It was.)
Janna’s retreat is truly in the Land of Enchantment, from beautiful Santa Fe to a transformative experience. With Janna’s unique and refreshing teaching style, she invites us to cultivate a deeper connection to our words which has long lasting effects on our writing, no matter genre or style. Her deep commitment and caring for her students and their growth shines through all that she does. I am immensely grateful for attending one of her retreats and look forward to exploring new ways to connect to my writing. Invest in yourself, you won’t regret it.
With uncertainty in my ability to write a book, let alone even believe in my writing skills, I braved through with determination to attend Janna’s writing retreat. Janna’s teaching style helped me dive into my soul and put words to paper that I never thought possible. If you are at all uncertain, brave through and attend one of her retreats. You will love the experience and won’t regret attending.
I could not recommend Janna’s weekend writing retreat enough to anyone ready to dive deep and connect to themselves, to other writers, and to their creativity. She carefully curates each group and the bonding among participants inspires breakthroughs, significant up-leveling, and shatters limitations. Janna’s tenacious dedication to serving each participant is infectious and made me feel so seen, cared for, and supported. The book I’d planned to work on when going into the weekend transformed dramatically into something else entirely- something more freeing, exciting, and motivating. I left with more confidence and far less fear and anxiety. If you’re considering signing up for one- Take the leap- you won’t regret it!