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Instant New York Times Bestseller THE WRITING RETREAT by
Julia Bartz

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About Me

Hi! I’m Julia, a bestselling author, therapist, and creative coach. My debut thriller, THE WRITING RETREAT, was an instant New York Times bestseller and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. LibraryReads chose THE WRITING RETREAT as their Top Pick of February 2023, and the American Booksellers Association chose it for their March 2023 IndieNext list.  

As a NYS-licensed therapist, my practice is sex-positive, anti-racist, and feminist. As a creative coach, I help people find joy and fulfillment in their creative pursuits (more below). 

Work with Me

As a licensed therapist and NYT-bestselling novelist, I bring a unique set of skills to my creative coaching business. In our 60-minute sessions, we will explore and find solutions to your creative challenges in a way that feels enjoyable and sustainable. I work with people who have specific questions ("Why can't I start/finish my project?" or "Why am I getting stuck at this point in the plot?" or "Why am I struggling to get an agent?") and those with more general issues ("How can I use social media to support my creative projects?" or "How can I integrate more joyful creativity into my life?"). My view is that our creative life should be exciting and fulfilling, instead of stressful and overwhelming. I offer different packages based on different needs. Please reach out with any questions (, and if you’d like to book with me, you can fill out a quick request form here.


  • One coaching session ($275). In this 60-minute session, we’ll explore what’s happening in your creative life and how to address any challenges that you’re facing. This session is best for those with a smaller, short-term issue or who are looking for some support and insight. 

  • Three session bundle ($750/$250 each; save $75). This bundle allows us to go more in-depth on a specific challenge or goal. We will explore it together and figure out realistic ways to address it. All sessions expire three months after booking. 

  • Six session bundle ($1350/$225 each; save $300). This bundle allows us to go deeper into a challenge or goal. We will explore it and figure out solutions that feel supportive and manageable. All sessions expire six months after booking. 

  • Query critique ($325). I will review your query before we meet. During our 60-minute session, I will ask questions and provide feedback in order to make sure your your query truly reflects your work and will stand out to the right agent. 

  • Manuscript excerpt review ($550). I will review up to 20 pages of your WIP before we meet. During our 60-minute session, I will ask questions, provide feedback, and help troubleshoot any editorial issues you're running into. 


If you're interested in my therapy services and live in New York state, please reach out at

My Books
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"The book's pacing—a slow roll of dread and horror—is exceptional . . . A perfect winter night's haunting."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In the press
Book Events
Feb 23, 2023, 7:30 PM EST
Greenlight Bookstore,
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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