I’m Jan Fortune and I run Becoming a Different Story to share a passion for the writing life, which I believe is transformative, and to help others develop their writing practice at all stages.
I’ve authored several novels and poetry collections, with a new novel launched this year, as well as numerous articles. I’ve taught courses across Europe and online and I blog about writing process, the writing life and creative journaling.
Like you, I know that writing is powerful. The world is shaped by the stories we tell and imagination makes things happen.
- want your writing and your life to be congruent
- dream of nurturing your creativity
- have a writing project you are passionate about
- want to make a difference to the world with your story (whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, poetry or blogs, local or global)
Then you’ve come to the right place.
In addition to being a writer, I run an independent publishing house, Cinnamon Press, where I work on everything from manuscript submissions to editing, from business administration to book promotions. I’ve edited over 400 books and I love to read, publish and write books that are engaged, raise questions, take risks with form or voice or subject or that push the boundaries of mainstream writing.
I’m married to Adam and have four wonderful (adult) children, who were all educated at home, plus a fantastic son-in-law and daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren. I’m passionate about issues of equality (I have a PhD in feminist theology), enjoy cooking and love to slow travel when the world allows (without flying and immersing in a place for a block of time).
I live in a tiny hamlet in a forest, in a white house with blue shutters and no TV, but magnificent views of the river running through the garden, a small apple orchard and trees in all their seasons.
I’m on a quest to live by daily rhythms and stories that nurture and support a life that values writing, slowing down, paying attention and connecting deeply.
I’d love to help you become a different story. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, whether through reading the blog, exploring the free resources, doing an online course, or eventually joining the Kith Community, together we can take your writing life to its next chapter.
We are always becoming a different story.