Calling MOST Writers

(and those who want to be)

Only 97 56 remaining spots for the

Heal + Create Writer’s Group

Are you called to write but …

Have an inner calling to write but often find yourself stuck, ashamed of your lack of progress – and confused by why all of those other people seem to write and share themselves with the world – but it remains so difficult for you?

You’re not alone!

The leaders of this new community, Jacob Nordby and Lauren Sapala have worked with thousands of writers. They have discovered the most common reasons that writers stay hidden, stymied, and embarrassed that they can’t seem to create all of the wise, beautiful things that exist in them.

If you procrastinate or find yourself with chronic writer’s blockthere’s nothing wrong with you!

Hint: there are probably old traumatic experiences embedded in your nervous system that need gentleness and research-based practices to heal so that you can create more effortlessly.

Have you ever wished …

that you could find a guided writing community to support your growth, healing, and creative development?

You just did!

Watch this video in which Jacob Nordby & Lauren Sapala describe this new group – and invite you to join us

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Topics & Time Stamps

  • 3:10 The writer’s “not good enough” wound
  • 7:53 The crucial need for creative community
  • 8:47 Erasing imposter syndrome
  • 11:11 Why interaction and connection change everything
  • 13:54 How this community works
  • 15:47 Addressing stuckness, anxiety & writer’s block
  • 17:39 Who shouldn’t join the group
  • 19:12 End the overwhelm and inner writing war
  • 22:38 Learning how to publish
  • 24:20 We want to help you realize your creative potential
  • 27:01 What’s included in membership

Become the writer YOU were always meant to be

Write the Story That’s Calling to You

Whether you’ve always dreamed of writing your memoir, or you have a novel inside you waiting to be born, the Heal + Create Writer’s Community will help you begin to nurture that creative seed.

Whether you’re drawn to short stories, poetry, songwriting, or cultivating a regular journaling practice, all forms of writers and writing are welcome in the Heal + Create Writer’s Community.

* Special focus on highly-sensitive, empathic, and introverted writers.

What Our Clients are Saying

What's Included in the Heal + Create Writer's Community Program?

Group Workshops

Two monthly 90-minute online workshops with Jacob and Lauren – highly experiential and interactive. Replays provided for all workshops so you won't miss a thing.

Silent writing sessions

Monthly online silent writing group session that will help you focus and ... do the work.

Expert Guest Teachers

Once per quarter, you will have a special experience with experts in publishing, editing, PR, and the various writing styles – inspiring and designed to help you develop your writing skills and career ... at your speed

Writing prompts

Weekly writing prompts to your email to keep you inspired and moving forward

private community

Connect with each other and your mentors in a dedicated private community on this site! Plus access all of your courses, forum, and replays in one place.
* Coming soon: mobile app for iPhone and Android

Heal + Create Benefits

Enjoy 50% off online courses on writing and creative development, 20% off Heal + Create virtual retreats and events, and 10% off in-person events ... PLUS Heal + Create is a full-featured community in development – you get access to all of the general benefits as they are added!

+ Enjoy These Added Writer's Community Member Bonuses

It all starts with the Kick-Off virtual retreat!

Saturday & Sunday, May 21 – 22

We will open our launch group with a special Heal + Create Writer’s Virtual Retreat that will help you get set for a year of creative restoration and breakthrough.

See below for all the details!

When you select your monthly or annual membership, your first payment is your ticket to this retreat.

Not sure you can commit to the community yet? Purchase the Retreat-Only Pass and join us.

Only 97 56 available spots for this launch group!

Joining us for the Kick-Off Retreat only? That’s great … there’s plenty of room for you.


Heal + Create Virtual Writer's Retreat Intensive

Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22

1 What Is It
2 When Is It
3 Who Is It For
4 How Do I Get Started
What Is It

What is it?

Join us for a weekend virtual intensive designed to bathe your writer's spirit in inspiration and restorative experiences. 

Each session will be recorded and you will have access to the video replays for 9+ months!

  • Focus on highly sensitive, empathic, and introverted writers
  • Live group writing sessions to help you move beyond stuck and into creative flow
  • Experiential workshops covering perfectionism, writer's block, creative process, and more ... 

Your enrollment in the launch group is your retreat pass – or join us for the retreat only if you're not sure about the community yet.

What is it?
When Is It

Event Details

Saturday, May 21

  • The Healed Creative – Jacob Nordby 9 – 10:30 am Pacific
  • Intuitive Writing – Lauren Sapala 11:30 – 1 pm Pacific
  • Coffee & Writing with Julia Cameron 2:30 – 3 pm Pacific
  • Silent Writing – Lauren Sapala 4 – 5 pm Pacific

Sunday, May 22

  • Memoir Magic – Lauren Sapala 9 – 10:30 am Pacific
  • Write to Heal, Heal to Write – Jacob Nordby 11:30 - 1 pm Pacific
  • Intuitive Memoir – Anna-Marie O'Brien 2:30 - 3:30 pm Pacific
  • Silent Writing – Lauren Sapala and Jacob Nordby 4 - 5:15 pm Pacific

All sessions will be recorded and you will have access to the video replays for 9+ months!

Event Details
Who Is It For

Who Should Come?

This virtual retreat is especially for you if ...

  • You feel called to write
  • You've struggled to get started or maintain a writing practice
  • You'd love to understand what has stymied you in the past – and gain tools to dissolve the blocks
  • You want to learn research-based practices that you can use for the rest of your life (neuroscience and psychological fundamentals)

Who shouldn't enroll ...

  • Writers looking for a quick fix
  • Writers who want a "write your bestseller in a weekend" workshop
  • Writers who don't need support and guidance to assist in their creative process
Who Should Come?
How Do I Get Started

How Do I Get Started?

Ready to go? 

Scroll to the "Let's Get Started" section and choose between: 

  • Monthly Member
  • Annual Member

Or, if you aren't sure about committing to the community just yet: 

  • Kickoff Retreat Only

Mash (or gently click) that Join Now button and we'll see you in the retreat! 

How Do I Get Started?

Special Kickoff Guests

Author of The Artist’s Way

Julia Cameron

The author of The Artist’s Way will join us for a conversation about writing and share from her upcoming book, Write for Life: A Toolkit for Writers. During her long career, this creative pioneer whom The New York Times calls, “the queen of change,” has written over 40 books, and The Artist’s Way has sold more than 5 million copies to date.

Author of Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian

Anna-Marie O'Brien

When she’s not writing, Anna-Marie O’Brien is a mom, a wife, and a children’s librarian. She has an affinity for the supernatural, alternative history, astrology and tarot, and a deep love for all things medieval. She’s a little OCD+ADD+ESP with a good dash of rebelliousness thrown in. All fueled by coffee and rock n’ roll. Anna-Marie has an undergraduate degree in medieval history from Arizona State University, and an MLIS from UCLA. She’s been a public librarian since 2003.

Let's Get Started!

Monthly Member
$ 69 Per Month
  • Month-by-month
  • Kickoff Retreat Access
  • All Retreat Replays
  • More Member Bennies!
Annual Member
$ 767 Annually
  • Full Year of Writer's Group
  • Save $61
  • Enhanced Member Bennies!
  • Kickoff Retreat Access
  • All Retreat Replays
Best Value


If you decide to join during or after the Kickoff Retreat, your ticket will be applied to your first month of membership dues or to your annual member fees. We will provide instructions during the Retreat for those wishing to continue. 

* IMPORTANT NOTE: the initial launch group has only 97 spots available. We cannot guarantee that your spot will be open if you wait. However, as we open more member seats, you will be notified first and can apply your Retreat ticket price at that time.

The initial launch group has only 97 spots available. We cannot guarantee that your spot will be open if you wait. However, as we open more member seats, we will email our lists and you can join at that time.

Please don’t wait! This launch group will fill very quickly and we don’t want you to miss out. 

Your registration includes full access to the Heal + Create membership community. Within this community platform you will have access to the monthly workshops, replays, any of your courses, and the private writers’ group. Your membership includes full access to the general Heal + Create community and monthly content, which will come online soon.

You’ll immediately receive a payment confirmation and an email to the Heal + Create Writers’ Community program. You’ll be emailed instructions with Zoom links for the Kickoff Retreat and more info for using your membership. 

Any kind! Writers of all stripes and all skill levels (even total beginners) are welcome. If you feel that you would be helped with consistent support, learning opportunities, a loving community, and experiential programs, this is a good home for you.

You can participate as much, or as little, as feels comfortable to you. Writers are welcome to leave their cameras off during workshops and silent writing sessions, and everyone will be on mute during silent writing sessions except for Jacob and Lauren. So, you can remain relatively anonymous and still join in from the comfort of your own home.

The Writers’ Community platform and private group make it easy to stay connected from wherever you are and when you can participate!

Each live session will be recorded and all active members get access to the full video replays. The exception is the Silent Writing groups, which are regular meetings are not recorded. 

We welcome our friends from all time zones and regions of the world and will seek to offer ways for you to connect as often as possible!

Almost any smartphone, PC, or tablet will work. The membership workshops and online sessions are delivered via Zoom. Video replays will be provided via our membership portal and can be viewed on any computer or mobile device.

All workshops will be recorded and made available for streaming within 48 hours. You will have access to the recordings as long as you maintain your membership.

Silent writing sessions will not be recorded, but they will happen regularly – and you don’t need to pre-register – so you can easily catch the next one on the schedule.

We seek to create a cohesive community with sharing, connection, and support. This means that we ask you to join with the intention of being a regular part of our group. However, you can cancel your membership at any time. 

  • See the FAQ regarding refunds

We understand that, in some rare cases, program participants may have been confused about the details or terms of the program, or subsequently realize that they won’t be able to commit to participating in the program based on conflicts with scheduling, or other sudden unexpected life events. In these rare cases, we are able to issue a prorated, or partial refund, based on the length of time the participant has been a member of the Heal + Create Writer’s Community.

However, we also have the experience of many years of teaching various types of students and we know that it is quite common to enter into deeply transformative work, and then want to quit when the work begins to actually start changing your life. This is so common because most people tend to go into resistance when faced with letting go of their old fear patterns and moving into something new.

The more people we have who are 100% committed to being present in the Heal + Create Writer’s Community, and to showing up and doing the work, the better the community will be for everyone involved. We believe that each person’s investment in the program reflects their level of commitment. For that reason, we ask that program participants only request refunds if the request is made from a place of true necessity or emergency. 

Please use the Contact form on this page and send us any questions you have! We will respond ASAP.

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Meet the Writer's Community Team

Jacob Nordby

Jacob Nordby is the author of The Divine Arsonist – A Tale of Awakening, Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives, and The Creative Cure: How Finding and Freeing Your Inner Artist Can Heal Your Life. He worked in traditional publishing for almost a decade and owns an indie publishing house, Manifesto Publishing.

He is also the co-founder of The Institute for Creative Living and the Heal + Create community.

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Lauren Sapala

Lauren is a writer, writing coach, and an INFJ. She also wrote The INFJ WriterFirefly Magic, and The INFJ Revolution, books for intuitive introverts, HSPs, empaths, and all other sensitive, struggling artists. She founded the popular Write City groups and has created numerous live intensive workshop series and online video courses.

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