Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, and teacher who divides her time between France and the United States. Her essays and articles have been published in Bonjour Paris, France Revisited, the Christian Science Monitor, International Educator, Smithsonian.com and many other publications.  Since 1997 she has created, directed, and taught literature courses for the Education Abroad programs at Hunter and Queens Colleges of the City University of New York in Paris, Hawaii, Florence, and Cuba: she also teaches literary and cultural classes at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C. and leads book groups at the American Library in Paris.

Hulstrand is the creator and teacher of the Essoyes School’s Writing from the Heart writing workshop/retreats, in which participants are invited to “find the time, the courage, and the inspiration to write about whatever is most important to you!”  Her first book, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home was originally published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. In 2013 she and her coauthor published an updated e-book version, and they now also write a blog called Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned. She is currently working on her next book, A Long Way from Iowa, a literary memoir.


8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barry Louis Polisar  |  March 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Janet,

    I just wanted to say hello and send you best wishes. I hope things are good for you.


    • 2. Janet Hulstrand  |  April 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

      Hi Barry,

      All is well here…thanks for your good wishes!

  • 3. David Comp  |  February 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Janet ~ I just discovered your blog and really like it. Would you be okay if I add your blog to my International Education News & Blogs site (essentially one large blogroll)? You can check it out at http://www.internationaleducationblogs.blogspot.com/

    • 4. Janet Hulstrand  |  February 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      Sure David, I would love that. And thanks for your interest/support!

  • 5. Nilda  |  July 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Hello Janet,

    I am a doctoral student at Walden University. For my current course, I must research international blogs and post comments. The purpose of this assignment is to establish ties with other colleagues in higher education or learning organizations. This sharing with others will contribute to my identifying ways to contribute to global initiatives in issues regarding diversity, adult learning and positive change.

    I have selected your blog as one of the three to post and check on. I look forward to reading more of your comments and experiences.

    Thank you.

    Nilda Gonzalez

    • 6. Janet Hulstrand  |  January 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Nilda,

      Happy New Year, and please accept my apologies for not having responded to you way back in July! You caught me at a very busy time, when I was en route to teach in Paris and juggling other assignments as well. I’m sorry that I lost sight of your message.

      I’m honored and delighted that you have chosen to follow my blog and I hope it has been helpful for you. I haven’t been very active in posting entries in the past few months, but I hope to get back to writing more frequently soon. If you have any ideas for topics you’d like to see in posts, let me know! I would be most receptive to your suggestions.

      With all best wishes for the New Year,

      Janet Hulstrand

  • 7. Stephanie  |  October 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hello, I just discovered your blog, and really enjoy it. I am a Kansan doing a doctorate in French in Boston by way of Angers, Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, and Picardy. It seems we might have something in common . . .
    Keep writing!

    • 8. Janet Hulstrand  |  October 31, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! Yes, I’m sure we do have a lot in common. Starting with a love of France! Thanks for your enthusiasm, I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. 🙂


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