It’s totally normal to need help when you’re doing something big. And writing a book is a pretty massive project. It can be hard to find the time, set your own deadlines, and assess your work. Many writers have lost their way and given up.
I offer accountability, support, and comprehensive feedback to writers at all stages of their projects. Using all of my professional experience, and what some have called “uncanny intuition”, I help you write the stories that live inside you – the ones that only you can write.
Check out my three types of writing mentoring below and reach out to discover more!
If your dream is to write a book, I would be honoured to be your companion on one of the most important journeys of your life.
Writing Mentoring Packages
Find Your Voice (3-month program)
Not sure where to begin or what to write about? In this customizable program, we use writing assignments plus regular email and phone support to help you gain focus. Together, we make a plan, I hold you accountable to our deadlines, and also provide extensive feedback and guidance on your work. If you are drawn to writing, but haven’t been successful in clearing time or priming your own creative pump, this program is for you. Clarity and momentum are right around the corner!
Start Your Book (3-month program)
Do you think you have a book in you? I can help you start that book you’ve been talking about and give you valuable, professional feedback on the execution of your ideas. First, we agree on a monthly schedule with deadlines to keep you focused on your goals. Next, you submit writing, which I carefully review and comment on. Last, email support and a monthly phone call will answer your questions and keep you on track. This program is for you if you know you want to write a book, already have a good idea, but are having trouble doing it on your own. Let’s get you started!
Finish Your Book (6-month program or customized to your needs)
Are you feeling lost and confused? Or maybe just plain tired? I offer the kind of support that can help flagging writers cross the finish line. Insightful and comprehensive feedback, a professional sounding board, and a kind and supportive voice that counters your inner critic and reminds you not to give up! As your engaged reader, I focus on the structure of your book and how your story is unfolding. I understand how different finishing is from starting and I’ve helped many a writer complete a stalled book. Let’s get you back on track!
“Renée is a passionate and incredibly talented writer and writing mentor. When I began working with her, I didn’t know I was a writer, I just knew I had a book in me. Renée intuitively sees the writer within the individual and she skillfully and lovingly brings it out to be revealed. It was her passion for the writing process, her clear feedback, and her faith in me that allowed me to confidently find my unique voice and successfully get a book deal with a publisher. Renée is offering a great gift to the world: she is shepherding authentic voices that deserve to be heard and shared; voices that will then inspire others.”
Anne Bérubé, Author of Be Feel Think Do: A Memoir
“I would not describe myself as a ‘natural’ novelist – but then that’s the point, really. There’s no such thing. Renée has been the kindly voice encouraging me to pick myself up when I think I can’t do it. At the points where I feel blocked, she unlocks the places I won’t or can’t go, allowing the flow of the writing take on new swirls and eddies that I can’t reach alone. Renée has been willing to walk alongside my journey with the characters even when they haven’t fully revealed themselves to me. She is aware both of the intense spirituality and the intense pragmatics of writing, which is such a strange alchemy of faith and commitment. She has helped me to remember this.”
—Jenny Chamarette, Writer and Film Studies Professor, London, UK
“I came to Renée with a big idea for a book. I asked her if she would hold me accountable while I went into seclusion to put my ideas into words. A little while later I handed the pages to Renée. She read them and then lovingly, fearlessly, pointed out what was truest and best, where the gaps and bumps were, and what stood in the way of my pages becoming a meaningful whole. She asked questions and made radical suggestions that left me breathless and inspired. As a result, I’m able to reach deeper, stretch further, and let go of my desire to be comfortable so I can write the book that wants to be written. Renée is a highly skilled mentor with a passion for truth. Her intuitive intelligence makes her unique style of mentorship/editing profound.”
Linda McLean, Writer, Singer/Songwriter, Facilitator Women Music’s Weekend
I wish that every writer—aspiring, emerging, or established—had access to a mentor, a guide as gifted as Renée Hartleib. Ever patient, knowing, spacious (and yet uncannily present), she will come to know the fullness of your voice before you do. And she will shine the light on the dark path you will walk to reclaim it. If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be under her writerly watch, run, don’t walk, toward it.