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Workshops & Online Courses

JessLourey, MA, MS, has been a tenured professor of English and sociology since 1998 and is a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching Fellowship as well as a TEDx presenter. The following is a sample of her most popular presentations as well as a link to her online courses and writing retreats. If you're interested in scheduling an event, please email her at


  Jess Lourey’s Writing Retreats


  The Game-changing Story Box

  Crack the Sea

  Write Cleaner, Better, Faster

  Revolutionary Editing Hacks

  A Writer's Journey

  Rewrite Your Life (Full-day)

  Write & Publish Your Novel This Year (Full-day)

  Keynote Speeches/Creativity/Writing to Heal

Online Courses

  Jess Lourey Creative Writing University

Use fiction to rewrite your life | Jessica Lourey | TEDxRapidCity

"I had the opportunity to take a workshop from Jess before I was published. Her honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of the craft helped me make the leap from aspiring writer to published author. ."

— Lissa Marie Redmond, author of A Cold Day in Hell —


Comfort. Creativity. Community.

Comfort. Creativity. Community.
A virtual retreat for women
May 16-20, 2020

Stockholm Writers Festival

Stockholm Writers Festival
Break through your writing barriers!
May 22-24, 2020

Historic Summit Avenue Writing Retreat

August 9-15, 2020
A Victorian mansion on historic Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Wales Unplug and Write Retreat

May 10-16, 2021
Wales, UK

Wales Unplug and Write that Novel Retreat

May 17-23, 2021
Wales, UK