About Janet Hulstrand



Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and educator.

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 include 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, and Workman Publishing.

Hulstrand’s articles and essays have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Guide to Retirement Living, Humanities Education, Smithsonian.com, France Revisited, USA Revisited, and many other publications. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris and for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. 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.

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.

Hulstrand’s first book, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, was first published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. She has been interviewed for live and taped, local and national radio and television programs, and Moving On has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Kiplinger Retirement Report, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. She speaks at workshops and seminars on downsizing the family home, and she and her coauthor, Linda Hetzer, now write a blog Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned.

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. Along her way, she has been fortunate enough to have studied writing with Anatole Broyard and literature with Philip Roth. She is a member of the Women’s National Book Association, and she serves on the Executive Planning Team of the American Writers Museum Foundation.

Hulstrand was born and raised in Minnesota, and she lived in New York City for more than 20 years. She currently divides her time between the Washington D.C. area and France, where she teaches writing workshops several times a year. She is currently working on her next book, “A Long Way from Iowa,” a literary memoir.


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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