Julie Hedlund is an award-winning Children’s Book Author  with a passion for traveling and teaching fellow writers. She loves to inspire others and running Writer’s Renaissance has fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams. Her two children’s books, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, and A SHIVER OF SHARKS, were first published in 2013 by Little Bahalia Publishing as interactive apps for the iPad. TROOP was also released in print October, 2013. Her next book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, also from Little Bahalia, releases September 9,  2014. She has several other children’s picture and chapter books in the works, and is also working on two books for older children that take place, appropriately, in Renaissance Italy. Julie is the founder and host of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, where she provides an inspirational community for hundreds of writers and illustrators

Personal Note From Julie

Running the Writer’s Renaissance retreat is the fulfillment of a lifelong (at least my adult life) dream for me. Over the years, attending retreats changed, and possibly even saved, my life. I wanted to be able to provide that experience for other women, and now I am!

On my About page, you can read all about how I left a high-paying, high-stress corporate job to take a chance on this career called writing – my true dream.

It took me years of attending retreats like Writer’s Renaissance to finally build up the courage to pursue my dream, find my voice, and turn my passion into purpose. On retreats, I could find the quiet, away from work and family, to hear my inner voice. I was able to connect with like-minded people who had already taken this leap and who assured me I could too.

Eventually, I began to believe them. Eventually, I began to believe in myself. Now I want to say – I believe in you. Whatever stage you are in with your writing, the fact that you have read this far assures me that you have a calling to write. You have the need to honor that calling, and I am here to answer that need. So register today and take that next step in your journey. From wherever you are, when you return, you will be one giant step forward.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin