About Janet Hulstrand


Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris and France Today as well as for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. Her articles and essays have been published in the Christian Science MonitorSmithsonian, France Revisited,  and many other publications. You can view many of the articles she’s written here. And you can follow her mini-posts about writing, travel, poetry, and assorted other aspects of life and art on Twitter.

Hulstrand’s first book, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in 2004, and in 2013 she and her coauthor, Linda Hetzer, brought out an updated e-book edition. She speaks at workshops and seminars on downsizing the family home, and she and her coauthor, now write a blog, Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned. Her next book,  Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, was published in January 2019, and she is currently working on A Long Way from Iowa, a literary memoir.

Since 1997, Hulstrand has created, taught, and directed education abroad programs in Paris, Florence, Hawaii, and Cuba for Hunter and Queens Colleges (CUNY). She writes frequently for International Educator magazine, and is author of NAFSA’s best-selling booklet, “What Parents Need to Know! Before, During and After Education Abroad.” In 2008 she and Stephen Rueckert created The Essoyes School, which offers writing and art workshops and classes in North America and Europe. She has served as a consultant at Queens College, CUNY, developing and teaching faculty and staff training workshops for education abroad, and is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of English. She also teaches at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., and has created and taught hands-on Twitter workshops.

As an editor, Hulstrand has made a substantial contribution to many books, articles, and other print and digital media on a wide variety of topics. She has worked on books by Caroline Kennedy, Paul Robeson, Jr. and Andrew Young, among many others. Her clients have included Artisan Publishing, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the District of Columbia Public Library, the GAVI Alliance, the Language Flagship (NSEP), the Lawrence Jordan Literary Agency, the National Audubon Society, NAFSA (Association of International Educators), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Whitehead Mann, Workman Publishing, and the World Bank.

Hulstrand speaks French and Spanish. She has a BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an MA in English Literature from Hunter College, CUNY. She is a member of the Women’s National Book Association, and she served on the Executive Planning Team of the American Writers Museum Foundation.

Hulstrand was born and raised in Minnesota, and she lived on the East Coast for more than 30 years, first in New York City and then in Washington D.C. She currently divides her time between the United States and France, where she teaches writing workshops several times a year.


2 thoughts on “About Janet Hulstrand

  1. Taking any groups (on retreat or not) to Essoyes this August to delight in the festivities? Just learned about you after researching Gabrielle Renard after a visit to The Barnes here in Philadelphia, where my favorite work in the entire collection is Femme prenant du chocolat. Thanks, Jonathan & Martha

    • Jonathan and Martha,

      Thanks for your interest in Essoyes! At this time there’s nothing on the calendar for August, but why don’t you send me an email (janet.hulstrand@gmail.com) and let me know what your plans are, and what you’d like to do so we can discuss various possibilities for you. I look forward to hearing from you again soon!


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