Our Story

Hi there, we’re thrilled you’re here!

A bit about us, in case you’re wondering!

The Fancy Version: In 2013, C.J. Redwine, a multi-published, New York Times bestselling author, created The Writer’s Sanctuary with the vision to build a nurturing, connected community of writers at every stage of their careers. Over the years, The Writer’s Sanctuary grew from one retreat in the fall of each year to two yearly in-person retreats, along with virtual events, workshops, mentoring programs, and resources for writers. In 2018, she brought award-winning, bestselling author Mary Weber on as a full partner to help expand what The Writer’s Sanctuary could offer. Both Mary and C.J. are dedicated to nurturing writers, whether brand new or multi-published, and are excited to bring you a host of outstanding events and programming to help writers develop their craft, provide opportunity for connection, and build community across all of TWS’ platforms.

The Other Version: CJ and Mary met in 2014 when Mary’s publisher thought it’d be a nifty idea to have them play “Beanboozled” together and film it for the internet. CJ was dressed like a normal human, Mary was dressed as a whoopee cushion, and yes, that video still exists today. We’ll never know if it was the skunk or dirty sock flavored jelly beans that solidified their mutual trauma, but they’ve been close friends ever since – speaking at the same book events, offering phone support over an unfortunate episode of ripped pants, you know…normal stuff. A few years later, CJ suggested the two combine their skills as partners in her already thriving Writer’s Sanctuary business, and they’ve been hellions on writing wheels ever since.

CJ likes peach tea. Mary likes mochas and boba. They both like chips and queso. If they had a gang it would be called “Not Today, Satan.”

Now they host in-person and online events helping new writers and long-established authors revolutionize their careers. 😉

C.J. Redwine

New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and teacher

C.J. Redwine is a New York Times bestselling author, a public speaker, and a teacher with twelve years experience in teaching all areas of creative writing, publishing, and marketing. She’s especially passionate about helping writers level up their skills and their careers. She’s a diehard fan of going to the movies, keeps a 6 foot tall Loki figure in her office, and will debate the merits of Batman vs. Superman with anyone she meets. She once punched herself in the face on a ride at Disneyland. She doesn’t recommend it.

Connect with C.J. on Instagram or Facebook.

Mary Weber

Bestselling author, speaker, teacher, & marketing consultant

Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of six books, including the Storm Siren Trilogy and the highly-acclaimed To Best the Boys. Along with speaking and teaching, Mary’s written for Huffington Post, Hallmark, and Writer’s Digest, and she runs Cherry Pie Author Services, a business helping authors achieve greater success. When not writing, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children and husband. They live in California which is perfect for stalking aging superstars while wearing sweatpants and fanny packs. Find her on IG at @MaryWeberAuthor.

Connect with Mary on Instagram.

Contact: thewriterssanctuary2@gmail.com

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