My mentor, Janet Hulstrand–writer, editor, teacher, traveler–posted an interview with me on her site today. What a privilege and honor this is for me. And, she asked questions I’ve never been asked before. I’m thrilled to be able to share it here on reneejohnsonwrites!

Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road

Janet and me 2015 Renee Canter Johnson and Janet Hulstrand in Essoyes, 2015

I’m pleased to introduce a new section on my blog, where occasionally I will feature interviews with some of my Writing from the Heart “alums.”  Today’s post features novelist Renee Canter Johnson.

Renee participated in her first writing workshop with me in Essoyes in the fall of 2010, an experience she wrote about here. From her first somewhat hesitant–though gutsy–steps toward making her writing public, she has taken off!  She has won awards for her writing, been a visiting writer in residence at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard twice, and has attended additional writing retreats in Italy and France. Bonjour ParisStoryhouse, and Study Abroad have published her articles and essays, and she maintains two popular and very active blogs: for sharing her travel experiences, and random insights, and Renee Johnson Writes 

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