Come Home To Yourself
The 40-Day Writing Project is more than a writing challenge. It’s a chance to get to know yourself at a deeper level and an opportunity to come face-to-face with what’s been holding you back.
I believe wholeheartedly that each of us has a purpose in this life—a unique gift for ourselves and the world—and part of the adventure of being human is cracking the code, and figuring out what that purpose is.
Your 40 days will reacquaint you with the person you truly are and motivate and inspire you to live more authentically.
How It Works
Called a “tool of transformation,” The 40-Day Writing Project has garnered rave reviews from writers, artists, musicians, accountants, entrepreneurs, and lawyers!
It’s a private, intensive experience for anyone who longs to reconnect with themselves. Writing will be our medium, but you don’t need to be a writer. This project will guide you to go within, listen keenly, and then act on what you find.
I email you a letter that contains a daily writing prompt every morning for 40 consecutive days. These letters are a companion to your journey, designed to spark creativity and insight and encourage you to explore your unique voice.
You can sign up anytime and choose your own start date.
Ready to Commit?
Forty days—a period of time with ancient and spiritual roots— is a significant commitment, and one that I believe can push us past our habitual patterns, lead to the fulfillment of deep desires, and move us closer to where we really long to go.
The 40-Day Writing Project is like pressing the reset button, returning you, or initiating you, to the important habit of checking in with yourself every day. In a world that is increasingly noisy and busy, this practice offers strength, clarity, and focus.
Read the personal story of how and why I created The 40-Day Writing Project here.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
See what past participants have to say
“For me, the 40-Day Writing Project was like going on a long trip with myself, without taking any time off work. Renée’s prompts are beautifully truthful and probing, causing unexpected things to spring from within, to see the light of day! I’m deeply grateful for this guided process, in all its gentleness and intensity.”
—George Woodhouse, Singer-Songwriter and Co-Founder of The Big Sing, Nova Scotia, Canada
“I signed up because, although I love writing, I needed a ‘reason’ to write. Like the dance classes that I love and never make it to, like the sewing machine that is one of my closest allies but sits most often collecting dust on the shelf, my own writing mostly didn’t happen. Renée’s 40-Day Writing Project gave me access to the kind of inner reflection I never thought there was enough time for, and also such a beautiful range of emotions.”
—Suzy Crocker, Bookseller, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“I started the project without thinking about it too much – and right from the first day, it seemed like someone inside of me had been just waiting for her chance! Renée’s prompts are wonderfully inspiring and supportive. The exercises and the new daily routine have truly opened a new world to me. I highly recommend the project for anyone looking for new experiences and self reflection.”
—Sandra Schürmann, freelance historian, Hamburg, Germany
“I have a long and maudlin history of taking part in creative workshops/classes and feeling like the least creative person in the room. You hear that inner critic talking? The 40-Day Writing Project gave me new tools for dealing with that voice, and hearing the others it tends to drown out. The exercises Renee constructs are surprising, provocative, useful and so nourishing that I expect to keep returning to them over the next 40 years.”
—Maddy Costa, Writer, London, UK
“I enjoyed writing as a kid and somewhere along my journey to adulthood I lost the joy in it. This project came along at the perfect time, allowing me to practise writing and find clarity. The daily prompts challenged me to explore and finish work on a deeply personal piece that I wouldn’t have had the courage to write it if it was not for the 40-Day Writing Project.”
—Tyler Colbourne, Nova Scotia, Canada
“This is a fantastic offering from Renée Hartleib. The daily prompts, from playful to deeply personal, delivered with thoughtfulness and generosity, have helped me create space in my life to explore and open up to my unique creative voice. I felt an immense impact early in the project that has continued to ripple out into my life.”
—Maureen Strickland, Manitoulin Island, Canada
“I never realized how much time there was in an hour: Renée Hartleib’s 40 Day Writing Project expands time, so that the forty minutes (or however long) you commit to writing becomes (over forty days) a year, a universe. It’s a practical magic, and Hartleib’s good advice and thoughtful stories give you the spell for it.”
—So Mayer, writer/activist, London, UK
“Renée’s 40-Day Writing Project didn’t just get me writing again, it got me thinking deeply about a huge variety of things in my life – past, present, and future. I experienced an incredible voyage, one that greatly boosted my self-love. Renée is a wonderful writer, and I feel so blessed to have stumbled across her and the magic she creates with her fresh approach to mentoring.”
—Liz Creene, Writer and Mama of Ella, Nova Scotia, Canada
“Renée’s insightful writing challenges have been just what I needed to return to myself. She writes with compassion, humour, and love, and daily reminds me of what is truly important. If you’re someone who wants to nurture your own development as a human being, you will find all the inspiration and encouragement you need in The 40-Day Writing Project.”
—Lovena Harvey, Owner of Gathering Place Trading, British Columbia, Canada
“The daily prompts and the challenge of 40 days were exactly what I needed to reconnect with this vital part of my creative expression. Renée’s supportive and inspiring voice invited the type of reflection and self discovery that helped me understand how and where writing fits in.”
—Sophie Pilipczuk, Artist and Art Instructor, Nova Scotia, Canada
“A friend recommended this to me and I knew it was just what I needed – that little nudge to get started and get on a consistent path. Having a ‘ reason’ to write every day instead of waiting for the feeling to strike was so helpful to me. I looked forward to each morning’s prompt and wanted to get up early to spend that time with my thoughts and my pen.”
—Lisa White, CPA, CA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“I looked so forward to the writing prompts each morning and love the richness and variety of material that Renée shares. It never failed to get me thinking and writing. And did I mention Renée is a beautiful writer? This is what initially drew me to this course and I haven’t been disappointed.”