Headshot of Renée Hartleib, Writer and Writing Mentor

For as long as I can remember, I’ve put pen to paper, using words to make sense of the world around me, to dig deep and express myself, and to playfully create.

As a child, I wrote adventure stories. As a teen, I joined the ranks of anguished poetry writers. And as a young adult, I used my journal to explore what it meant to feel different.

But it wasn’t until my late twenties that I began to believe that I could actually “be” a writer. With a group of women writers, I started exploring writing as a means of creative expression. The support and praise I received from the group allowed me to take next steps: writing for publication and eventually becoming self-employed as a professional writer.

Over the course of 15 years, my business has now expanded to fulfill a deeper calling of mine; supporting and inspiring those who long to create but might be stymied by lack of time, lack of confidence, or an inner critic gone wild. I absolutely love accompanying and supporting others on their writing journeys.

Other things you might find interesting?

  • I do my best writing in the early morning hours with a cup of black tea.
  • I work in what our family fondly calls “The Garden House,” a sweet little writing studio in our backyard.
  • I got my first library card when I was two.
  • I have two very large and heavy boxes filled with old journals.
  • The writing teachers who most inspire me are Anne Lamott, Natalie Goldberg, and Julia Cameron.
  • I usually have at least three books on the go, and a much larger pile of unread books that seems to be constantly growing!