An Interview with Genevieve Artel

Genevieve Artel will be presenting the workshop Come to the Page as You Are — Wired. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions for the blog before the Fall Conference.

Genevieve is a writer, personality profiler, and owner of HUM–a consultancy for the creatively-called. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University-of-Wisconsin Oshkosh and has taught, coached, and mentored students and professionals for over a decade. As a creative, she’s passionate about integrating her affinity for the arts with her training in personality-typology. Genevieve believes in the transformative power of self-knowledge and hopes that by opening up the dialogue of individual truth as it relates to artistry and personality, creatives will find permission to embrace their unique gifts and the joy that comes from honoring them. Find her at


Where did you get the idea for your workshop?

For a long time I thought I had to create in a particular way because that’s how I thought legit artists worked. Yet the more I learned about writing, the more I practiced it, and the more I studied the neuroscience behind personality-typology, the more I realized there is no right way of creating.

And while advice bestowed by successful artists is essential in inspiring and sharing ideas, every individual will have a different spin on what works, what makes sense, and what is sustainable over the long-term.

Because of this, my workshop will center around mind-wiring and different Myers-Briggs personalities. I’ll share flow-state examples and tips on how to tap into them. Most importantly, I hope to open up a dialogue about creative practice and our understanding of artistic reality.

The theme of our conference is Reality Check: Exploring the Truth. Is there a truth about being a writer that you can share with us?

Writing is a journey.

It’s a lot like the Hero’s Journey incorporated into our favorite stories—

Except mine’s not as exciting. If you looked at my mapped circle, sure, there’s an inciting incident, mentors, allies, a good amount of trials and failures. But after analyzing my adventure thus far and questioning my sanity (nope, still no Wizarding letter), a bold theme stands out among the rest:

The journey is slow.

E.X.C.R.U.C.I.A.T.I.N.G.L.Y. so.

And since accepting this personal-realism, I’ve been rather at peace. You could even say, enlightened. Reborn.

Because Ive realized slow’ is good.

Consider the magic of life. The germinated seed does not bloom overnight. It is roughly tossed by the wind, dropped into a cold dark place it did not intend to go, and left. Forgotten.

But as we know, this is not the end of the story.

The seed wakes up. Slowly, the seed pushes out roots. Those same roots find nourishment. And then, new life makes its way above earth. Smiling, it opens its fragrance to the sun.

So the truth? My writing has been a slow journey. But I’m trusting the magic buried inside the process.

Patiently waiting for my time to bloom.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights, Genevieve. We look forward to hearing more from you at the Fall Conference!

jane-kelley-copy-2.jpgJane Kelley is the new blog editor for SCBWI-WI. She is the author of many middle-grade novels, including The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, which was honored by the CCBC in 2014. Her most recent work is the chapter book series, The Escapades of Clint McCool. For more information, see

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