Unleash the Writer Within 2019

An invitation to get away and refresh your soul.

January 25-27th, 2019.

Register Here

Ever feel like something’s inside of you ready to burst out? It comes from a place of passion or a deep sense of calling and you know you need to do something with it.

You have words to say, a story to share, and a message to get out, except you’re struggling to do so.

You’re not sure what’s stopping you, but you’d love to move forward.

Or, you’re feeling tired and burnt out from all the work that comes with writing, blogging, and social media. Maybe you feel isolated and alone in this journey.

Perhaps you’ve wanted to attend conference or retreat so you could gain insight and connect with others like you.

Have you experienced the fear of missing out (FOMO) when you couldn’t attend the big events others go to? Maybe finances or travel expectations were just too prohibitive.

We get it. We want to attend so many great events for writers, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

Maybe you’ve attended the bigger conferences. You learned a lot of great information. You loved networking with others. But your head was spinning. There was a lot of activity back to back. You didn’t have time to implement the strategies you learned. In the end, you came home feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

You wish you could attend a retreat and feel refreshed afterwards.

If any of the above resonates, we’ve got something we think you’re going to love!

Rise Up Writers brings you our first online writer’s retreat and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s something unique and we hope you’ll find it as special as we do.

Start 2019 from a place of refreshment and renewal via this all new online retreat.


Plan Your Weekend Getaway and Join Us!

Unleash the Writer Within
January 25-27th, 2019

Jolene Underwood

Jolene Underwood


Emotional Health Warrior & Soul Care Mentor

Jolene draws upon her personal journey of healing, her psychology background, and passion for counseling to help others cultivate a life well-lived through spiritual growth and emotional health.

She will provide teaching throughout the weekend that helps attendees identify practical and spiritual obstacles. She will also guide attendees through the use of Unleash: Heart & Soul Care Sheets for deeper work.


Jessica Van Roekel

Jessica Van Roekel


Inspirational Visionary

Jessica guides hurting Christians through spiritual transformation from the inside out so that they can navigate their relationships with love, peace, confidence, and hope.

She birthed the idea of a retreat where writers are encouraged as well as given time to write. She will help attendees identify different obstacles, uncover the roots of each one, and apply Biblical truth. Move past what’s stopping you so you can run without hindrance in God’s chosen path.


Tammy Mashburn

Tammy Mashburn


Wilderness Guide

Tammy’s passion is encouraging women to be present where they are as they learn to thrive in their chronic wilderness. She loves equipping and connecting others to the Word of God through a daily quiet time and journaling.  She serves in her local church through Women’s Ministry, mentoring, leading small groups, and Bible Study.

Tammy will guide attendees through a time of prayer and God’s Word so they can prepare their hearts for meeting God in a powerful way.


Friday, January 25th

12:00 PM: Welcome Video and Settle In

3:00 PM: Uncovering Obstacles, Session 1

4:00 PM: Unleash and Write

6:00 – 9:00 PM CT: Open Fellowship via Zoom {plan for 1 hour}

Saturday, January 26th

9:00 AM: Uncover Obstacles, Session 2

10:00 AM: Unleash and Write

12:00 – 3:00 PM CT: Open Fellowship via Zoom {plan for 1 hour}

3:00 PM: Uncovering Obstacles, Session 3

4:00 PM: Unleash and Write

6:00 – 9:00 PM CT: Open Fellowship via Zoom {plan for 1 hour}

Sunday, January 27th

OPEN DAY: Catch up on videos, Unleash work, writing, rest, or reading. You pick!


Pre-recorded Videos:

  • Welcome
  • Uncovering Obstacle Sessions
    • Each Obstacle Session will include video content from Jolene, Jessica, and Tammy. 
    • Watch all sessions as scheduled, or spread them out if preferred.

Open Fellowship Sessions:

  • Leaders available for 3 hours 
  • Plan to join us for 1 hour (this will help mix the group size up)
  • Times on schedule are Central Time. Please adjust accordingly.

Flexibility with a Schedule:

  • Schedule is provided with time slots to follow. 
  • Adjust times as needed for your circumstances.
  • Fixed times include three, three hour Zoom calls for fellowship. Listed in Central Time.

Zoom is a web conferencing service we use when we want to gather as a community. 

Retreat Zoom calls will not be recorded. They are made available for fellowship and fun with other writers.

If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom (on the computer) or the app (on a device). You can download apps in advance. 

Installation on a computer is quick and can be done when you join the first call.

For these calls your video and audio will be OFF when you join. You will be able to hear and see the rest of us, but we won’t be able to hear or see you until you turn them on. 

Look for video and microphone icons to click when you are ready to turn your video and audio on. 

NOTE: Please consider any background noise that will interfere with group conversation. To eliminate this, when you won’t be talking, please keep your audio mutied.

You WANT to grow as a writer. You want help getting past obstacles so you can do what’s in you to do.

You long for fellowship and you’d love a getaway. But between plane tickets, hotel rooms, conference fees, and extra spending, you just can’t fathom how to make it all work.

Now you can. You decide how far you’ll go and how much to spend on food, lodging, and travel. You get to pick the place that feels like retreat for you. Whether you do so with friends or alone, we suggest making plans with space for quiet times between you and God.

This coming January, don’t just make plans to start the year better, take time to start from a different place.

Announcing, Unleash the Writer Within. 

An affordable online retreat where you’ll get away without all the rush. You’ll have time to rest, write, and refresh. 

At this one of a kind retreat, you’ll receive help for overcoming obstacles related to the heart of a writer.

There will be time to gather, time to learn, time to write, and time to get quiet with God where your soul can be nourished. All without feeling rushed from one thing to the next, at least we hope that’s the experience you have.

Jolene Underwood and her fabulous co-leads, Jessica VanRoekel and Tammy Mashburn, will be teaching and encouraging you throughout the weekend via pre-recorded sessions and live Zoom gatherings with other attendees across the nation (world).

We’ll provide you with an outline to help you structure your weekend, but you’re in charge of how much you choose to engage with.

This weekend is designed with the heart and soul of a writer in mind. It’s an invitation to retreat, to dig in, and breathe deep.

We hope you’ll come away refreshed and a little bit freer so you can step forward in the work God calls YOU to do, where He calls you to it.

Unleash the Writer Within Registration

$ 55 Registration Fee

OPTIONAL $35 for Unleash: Heart & Soul Care Sheets
NOTE: Unleash Sheets are optional, but highly recommended to enhance the overall retreat experience. These sheets can be used before, during, and after the retreat as they are a helpful tool for cultivating time with God in every circumstance.

Pinnable Image & Pre-Retreat Guide

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After registration, you’ll get access to this beautiful guide to help you plan your special time away.

This effective tool created by Rise Up Writers founder, Jolene Underwood, will be used throughout the retreat weekend. We recommend purchasing and using it in advance so you are familiar with it.

It is designed to help users process life’s challenges with God and experience Him in more intimate ways.

Once you’ve purchased it, you’ll receive access to a private community for Unleash users where you can ask questions or share tips with others.

Find out more about Unleash Sheets on Jolene’s site and her YouTube playlist for Unleash.