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Hero Academy


Wednesday - Friday 

6pm - 10am

-unleash your bravery-

June 22nd - June 24th


wednesday night Goals Mixer 

all-day event thursday

all expert sessions included 

3 meals  

Post-retreat strategy session with
Janet hudson HagAn to keep you on track


For writers who want to transform from mild-mannered misfit into butt-kicking, demon-slaying bad a**.

Unmask your truth.

You're a writer who knows how to plot out a character arc and deliver the goods time and time again. You live a thousand lives made up of epic love and adventure through the heroes of the stories you create and consume.

But when it comes to your own life, goals, and dreams, you can't seem to "get to" the future you see in your head and feel in your heart. That date in the future where you rise up and realize your dreams seems to become more elusive each year.

And you certainly aren't bullet proof: drama, imposter syndrome, toxic relationships, bullies, money woes, unexpected health issues, family struggles, PANDEMICS, and countless other crap can leave you feeling defeated before you even get out of bed. You're doing the work, cruising along, and just when you think you have it figured out—BAM!—something comes out of left field and knocks your world off its axis.

Things out of your control, heck, things within your control, all of it suddenly seems like it's just too much. These catalysts set you waaaay back, causing you to compare your pace of success to others, causing you to second guess your entire direction, causing you to lose faith in yourself. 

You're stuck going through the motions just trying to keep your head above water. Every once in awhile you make headway, only to get dragged back under. Before you know it, survival mode becomes your new normal— showing the world one face online, and wishing things could be different and better offline.

At this retreat, the hero of the story is you. You'll learn how to overcome the feelings of powerlessness in your own life, how to defeat internal and external villains, kick excuses to the curb, and discover what you'll need to lead you to victory.

In addition to the intimate intensive sessions that come with a guidebook, there will be special guests, including CMT and red carpet host, Katie Cook, and NY Times bestselling author, C. J. Redwine who will share their own battles and triumphs with you as well as how they unleashed their power, and labyrinth walking to help you focus on answering burning questions within you.

This retreat is not for the faint of heart. At times you may feel raw and exposed emotionally. It is designed to confront your resistance and to help you unleash the caped crusader within you. However, this isn't a retreat where you're left to figure it out on your own after you leave. Included, is one private call post-retreat with success strategist, 

Janet Hudson Hagan, for continued mentorship.

It's time to discover your superpowers and use them for good.

Viribus. Animus. Opus. 

With, strength, heart, and action, you will soar.



  • Admission to the UTOPiA 2022 Signing, Awards, and Afterparty on June 25, 2022 are included with registration.

  • 3 meals during the reteat 

  • Group outing to C.J. Redwine's RISE OF THE VICIOUS QUEEN book signing event at Parnassus Books in Nashville!

  • Post-retreat session with Janet for continued mentorship

**Accommodations are included IF you pick that ticket option**

**Lodging is dorm-style but you will have a private bathroom.



Only 1 space left! Register now.


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katie cook

Katie Cook is an author, television host, musician, paranormal investigator and podcaster.

As a host with CMT since 2001, Katie has interviewed top names in entertainment like Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Susan Sarandon, Dolly Parton, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, and many more.


She is currently the co-host of the weekly, CMT Hot 20 Countdown, with Cody Allan.

Notable television appearances include “A Conversation with President Obama,” Co-hosting “Nashville Star” for NBC with Billy Ray Cyrus, and playing herself on ABC’s “Nashville.” She has also been called upon as a country expert for CNBC, MSN, and CNN with Anderson Cooper.

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Katie is also the host of her own paranormal podcast called the W.O.W (Wide Open Wonders) podcast where she interviews leaders in the field of UFO events, alien research, and paranormal experiences. Ask her about her own ghost stories!

Last, but not least, she is the author of the Little Big Benny children's book series— about a boy who didn't know he was the universe— that Katie hopes to see as an animated series in the future.

It hasn't all been red carpets and lights, though. Katie will share her journey from being signed as an artist with Curb records to navigating the fickle world of television, to pursuing her own passions while battling imposter syndrome and how she turns failures into fuel, and how you can, too.


janet hudson Hagan

Janet is at the helm of Social Deviants, a brand and social marketing company that helps creative entrepreneurs turn passion into profit. 

An avid event producer, she founded UTOPiAcon, a writing conference and awards ceremony dubbed "the con with heart" by Publisher's Weekly.

Janet currently hosts retreats for established authors all over the world under her Next Chapter Retreats banner, and consults and organizes events for clients under Writing on the Wall management.

Previously a brand strategist for a London-based, award-winning agency, Janet has worked directly with clients such as Oxygen Women’s Television, Film4 London, Elle magazine, and author of YOU ARE A BADASS, Jen Sincero, as well as dozens of NY Times bestselling fiction authors she's helped to grow their incomes to six figures and beyond. 

Janet believes that mindset comes first, then marketing. If you don't believe you deserve the success, none of the marketing and strategies will stick. As a global public speaker, she's shared how to effectively attract raving fans, loyal clients and increase sales while building businesses of purpose using your powers for good. She currently lives in Nashville with her two children and one Scottish Kilt cat with a diva complex.


C.J. Redwine

CJ Redwine is the NY Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series, a diehard lover of going to the movies, and a believer in fairytales. She keeps a six-foot tall Loki figure in her office and will argue the merits of Batman vs. Superman with anyone she meets. She once accidentally punched herself in the face on a ride at Disneyland. She doesn’t recommend it.

CJ is no stranger to imposter syndrome, and will share with attendees how it has affected her, and how she deals with it. She will share mindset and actionable strategies to help you overcome your doubt demons.

Included in the retreat is a group outing to CJ's RISE OF THE VICIOUS QUEEN book release event at Parnassus Books in Nashville! 

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