About Us


Janet L Whitehead

Janet is an author, artist, and occasional tall ship sailor. She is also a certified professional Life and Creativity Coach and an award-winning community builder.  She has professionally coached people internationally for over 10 years and has been an advocate for the creatively-inclined her whole life.

Janet expertise is in understanding the creative process and helping individuals discover their personal best ways to achieve their goals. This has resulted in the development of  her signature Novel Minds method:  Through imaginative techniques, clients sneak past blocks and barriers and into the projects and plans they aspire to. 

Janet also knows the profound contentment of publishing books. She wondered how more writers could have access to the same process as in her coaching practise, that has resulted in books written and lives lived happier.

The answer? Stuff it all in cool boxes, make it affordable, do-able and fun; toss in a community and support (and coffee!) – and voila, writers making a commitment to their dreams and  finding their best way to live their writerly life!

Learn more at Novel Minds or "My Why" blog post.

Janet's memoir: Beyond All Imaginings.  

Author Contributor and Co-curator

Lisa Stromme, Norway

  • Lisa is the author of The Strawberry Girl, published in 18 countries and 12 languages. Her second novel is complete and in the publishing process. She is currently writing her third novel.  
  • Janet and Lisa met when Lisa approached Janet for coaching several years ago. A strong coaching relationship has evolved into a strong collaboration. Lisa,  also a certified creativity coach, contributes methods and techniques from a full-time professional writer's perspective. Learn more about Lisa

Why we care about more writers writing...

The Power of Story:

It is through story that people can best learn, discover and process their own way of living and being. Novels, memoirs, children's books, screenplays, movies, poetry, songs - we listen, we connect, we wonder. We need our writers.

But, writing is not an easy task to get to...

There's much that gets in the way - yet, those stories haunting writers are meant to be told.

There's a billion bits of advice on what a person must do to be a writer. But there's a rare few bits that acknowledges that the writer already has those answers, they simply need the ways to best access that inner wisdom.

Your way:

We provide imaginative original content, processes and community that helps you, the writer, connect to YOUR best way to be your writerly self. Not our ways. Not Stephen King's way. Your way. And because of the nature of our content, you'll see that re-discovered brilliance of yours spill over into your whole life.

Novel Minds Signature process:

Through imaginative techniques you'll get to know, love and manage all those voices in your head, from the inner critic to the cheerleader and 'everyone' in between!

About fun:

We are firm believers in the power of fun and imagination. We all do better when we get to play.

The damn book, done:

It feels damn good to hold your completed written project in your hands. It is a feeling that surely only a published author can understand. We hope for more of that for more people.

Permanence and Focus:

Research says our ability to focus on the internet is becoming less as we are inundated with more information and more distractions. Statistics say we absorb 24% less from the same content online as we do physical content. We are keen on the concept of permanence that the subscription box delivers. Your commitment to your writerlly life is always there for you to see and act on. And it arrives like a gift bi-monthly. You'll never forget that you ARE a writer! 

     Writerly Kit's Wooden Boxes:

Our wooden boxes really are a writer's kit: stackable, functional, long lasting and awesome. Your first delivery comes with a Writerly Kit wooden box; future deliveries will come in other packaging. You can choose an option to receive more of your subscriptions in a wooden box.

Our artisan crafted wood boxes are produced by, and provide funds for, our local non-profit Makerspace creative community. A win-win all round.

A Healthier Earth: 

At Writerly Kits, we are committed to a healthier earth. As much as possible, our content will be provided in re-usable boxes with as little throw away packaging as we can get away with. Our products will be sourced from companies in line with our philosophies, with organic or/and pure products a priority. We source locally first, and support creative collaboratives and craftspeople. As an experienced craft person, some items are hand made by the curator.

Product sourcing

You first: You are our first priority. As much as possible, we support small artisan businesses and creative cooperatives. We will reach out further to ensure our content is the highest quality and most pertinet to your needs.

An Invite to Authors and Suppliers

Authors:  Are you a recognized author interested in sharing a story about your writerly life, plus a favourite technical writing tip or two?  Please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

Suppliers:  If you roast beans, make great teas, or concoct organic treats, we'd love to learn more about you and your products. We are always keeping our eyes open for other unique items that suit a writer's life; if you think your product or service is a fit, let's talk.

Contact Us at   janet@writerlykits.com

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