Are you struggling to write your story?

You have a story. 

Within you is a voice that says: “Write this story. You need to tell it.” 

You’ve loved books, language, and writing. And yet you’re nervous that you’re not a “real writer”? 

That’s why you’re struggling to find the drive to put pen to paper. 

The last few years have frazzled your focus. 

And the legacy of grades, grammar corrections, and not feeling good enough have left you scared to write. 

You need a workshop that shows you how to free yourself to write. 

And then you can write your heart out. 

it’s time to WRITE YOUR STORY.

I get you.

The moment I realized that human beings wrote books—the magic that opened the world to a lonely kid—I wanted to write them too.

But the gap between my taste and my talent was enormous at first, especially when I spent decades worrying that my writing would never be good enough. 

I learned to free myself from that fear and enjoy the creative process, instead of seeking perfection. 

Now I’m a full-time writer, with 5 published books, a professional editor, and a teacher who loves to help others find their stories.

I want to help you free yourself from fear to write your story.  

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

Maya Angelou


The Joy of Writing Your Story is a chance for you to let go of fear and perfectionism and dive into writing

In the first session, I’ll guide you toward quieting that stern editor voice that insists you’re not good enough. We’ll talk about how to embrace the chaos of creativity. 

In the second session, I’ll offer you two structures for a personal essay that will make sense of that chaos. Sharing your story can help you, but it must also  be in service to the reader. 

In the third session, we’ll talk about the art of revision and how to pay close attention to the sound and sense of each sentence.

And in the final session, we’ll talk about the work ahead: how to ensure that every word and sentence says what you mean. When you’re satisfied, your work is done. 

With that essay, at least. 

Mostly, we’ll work intently with language: choosing strong verbs, avoiding lazy words, and consciously deciding the words we leave on the page.

This is a workshop about the process of creativity and being honest with ourselves as writers.

This is not a book proposal workshop. It’s not a workshop about how to publish your book.

This is a writing workshop.

Your goal is to finish a piece of writing that satisfies you.

That’s where the joy comes in.

You can allow yourself to Write your story.


 Any creative endeavor requires courage, humility, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Working with Shauna has been a priceless experience. The tools she has given me are now an essential part of my writer’s arsenal.

— Heather Matarazzo

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Four 90-minute workshop sessions, with specific topics, assignments, conversations, and the chance to talk with other writers.
  • Daily writing prompts every day of the four weeks.
  • A one-on-one editing session with Shauna when the course is finished.
  • The confidence to know your story matters.

I’ve been pushing words on a page, editing them, and putting into those words into the world for decades now. 

My 5 published books have brought solace and joy to thousands and thousands of people. That connection, and the fact that what I write matters to other people? That’s the true heart of why I write. 

My most recent book is a collection of essays, spurred by questions that circled in my mind after I suffered a mini-stroke in 2015. ENOUGH is a narrative of a woman who moved from spending anxious decades worrying she was not good enough, to finding her rage and choosing to no longer pretend, to a woman who has found enormous joy in mostly enough. It’s a book about healing childhood trauma, sexuality, becoming fearless, freedom, female rage, laughter, marriage, and being a mama. Most women will recognize themselves in this book.

Along with writing, my greatest joy is teaching writing. I’ve been doing this for more than 30 years. 

I want to hear your story. 

And always, always—I’m a girl in love with words.

This size keeps the experience intimate and spontaneous. We’ll become a community, able to share our stories. 

Yes. I mean that. You can pay what you can. 

You don’t have to email me and ask permission to pay me a particular amount. 

You pay what the experience is worth to you, while balancing the means you have to pay for it. You decide how much the workshop costs for you. 

You can read more about why I do this work as pay what you can here

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