Restore and Re-story!
Wake up to living with creativity,
wisdom, and renewed intuition.

Workshops & Retreats

Gift yourself with time away! Easily learn to meditate and develop a mindfulness practice with our Just This Day programming. Enrich and empower your writing in the Wake Up! Mindful Writing offerings.


Deepen your skills and cultivate life-long habits in Just This Day and Wake Up classes designed to provide ongoing instruction and support.

Happenings at Wake Up the Writer Within

Updates For Spring 2020

February Programming

New Opportunities

UWM-Waukesha Classes  

Beginning Monday evening Feb. 3rd, I’ll offer two new in-person classes: Creative Writers Workshop runs three weeks from 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM. We’ll explore and write nonfiction, fiction, or poetry for your own enjoyment, to share with family, or for publication. There will be opportunities for in-class writing, discussion, and sharing (only if you want, no pressure to do so!). Students who would like feedback on their writing can bring copies of double-spaced manuscripts (up to 750 words) for classmates and the instructor. Registration information is available here.

Writing Your Spiritual Journey runs three weeks from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. We all approach our spirituality that link between the sacred and ourselves in unique ways. Join in a community of writers to honor and explore your connection to the sacred and to self. Engage in guided written exercises developed by Joanne and other authors. Learn how well known spiritual writers sustain their practice and create successful narratives. Give a written voice to your own spiritual story and leave with inspiring tools and strategies, all developed to make deepening your spirituality through writing easy to continue after our program. Registration information is available here

Hartland Community Center Classes

Two new classes begin the week of Feb. 17th at the Community Center in Hartland, WI. Registration information for both classes is available by calling the Hartland Rec Dept at 262.367.0352 or contacting Joanne at

Writing the Second Half of Life

The second half of life is not defined by a particular age. Rather, it begins in a moment brought about by all manner of life changing circumstances–a time when we recognize the need to reconsider who we are apart from roles, occupations, and daily duties. Join us to explore this rich, creative time of life through writing, discussion, and mindfulness exercises.  M Feb. 17 through Mar. 2  9:45 to 11:15 AM

Plenty of Prompts

Daily writing—even a few minutes’ worth—is standard practice for many writers. But what to do when you’re out of ideas—when the well has run dry or you don’t know what to do next? That’s where prompts come in. Join us for a lively class of writing, laughing, and learning. You’ll leave with a well’s worth of ideas to write about and plenty of resources for staying energized in the future.  W Feb. 19 through Mar. 4   7:00 to 8:00 PM

Coaching Available

Explore or rediscover your love of writing with Wake Up the Writer Within! Whether you’re just beginning to dream about a writing project or are considering submitting your work for publication individual coaching can help you:

  • enhance creativity
  • develop your own unique voice
  • maximize publication opportunities

Mindfulness meditation instruction is also available and led by a certified meditation instructor. Contact Joanne for more info at 262.361.3316 or

Save the Date!

On August 11, 2020 my memoir, This Is How We Leave will be available at bookstores and online! Book launch information coming soon!





Meet Joanne Nelson

Joanne Nelson’s Wake Up! Mindful Writing programs and Just This Day Meditation offerings allow participants to engage and awaken their creative and intuitive best selves while learning to restore and re-story.