Heroine Training

is creating essays and everyday magic

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Secret Stories
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  • Deleted paragraphs that felt too personal to publish
  • Scans from my private notebooks 
  • A peek into my writing process
  • & other surprises!
Everyday Wonderland
per month

In one minute each week, find wonder where you already are, away from screens.

  • Weekly digital postcards with 1-minute Calls to Adventure
  • The key to our Secret Garden community on Facebook
  • Everyday Wonderland: A handbook for Heroines in Training
  • And all $1 perks

Read more: http://everydaywonder.land
Please note: Our community welcomes ALL gender identities.

Read by Xandra
per month
  • Access to the Read by Xandra podcast feed, where I’ll release audiobook versions of my essays as they are published
  • And all $1 & $7 perks




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Dear Reader,

Hello! I’m Xandra Robinson-Burns, Essayist, Gryffindor, and heroine in training.

I founded Heroine Training to explore what it means to be the protagonist of our own stories. Here, we take fiction as seriously as we take personal development. Or as I prefer to call it: character development.

Each week, I self-publish my essays on Heroine Training. It’s important for me that these essays remain free and available for all. Doing this allows me to write about what is most true to me in the present moment.

By choice, my content is not sponsored by companies or advertisement. The number of clicks my website receives does not benefit me in any way. What I do value is your readership.

My favourite part of the week is the influx of letters I receive after hitting publish. I love hearing your responses, and how my writing connects with your stories too. I would love to connect with you more. I have more I want to share, that I want to reserve for my core community.

Which brings us here, to Patreon.

For as little as $1/month, you will receive secret stories behind my writing, including photos of my handwritten drafts (all my essays start on paper). These are extras don’t quite fit into an essay, or feel too private for social media.

For $7/month, you can join us in Everyday Wonderland, my weekly one-minute programme for finding magic where you already are, away from screens. This ongoing experience has sent heroines in training on hundreds of mini adventures. 

Each day is an unbirthday celebration waiting to happen. In Everyday Wonderland, we focus on daily life details, because personal development doesn’t have to feel like such a big deal. This programme is for heroines in search of habits over lifestyle upheavals. Through small details, each week we articulate how we want to live. When you understand this on a smaller scale, the bigger questions will fall into place. When you slow down, time expands.
For $12/month, you can enjoy all of this, and access my secret podcast, Read by Xandra, an audiobook of my Heroine Training essays, as they are published each week.

Writing essays and creating Everyday Wonderland is my best work.

Every contribution helps to keep my Heroine Training essays free, and Everyday Wonderland membership affordable. Your presence, as a Reader and patron, enables me to create, and to spread my ideas further. Thank you for being here.

Until the next chapter,

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