We have to believe our stories matter to share them with others.
Whether you are writing personal essays or food writing, this workshop will help you to find your story.
We all need readers and editors who will listen intently, then tell us the truth about what needs cutting and where we need to be more honest.
I will be that reader for you.
We can be those readers for each other.
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.
Now I am a full-time writer, editor, and teacher who loves helping others find their stories.
I find joy in helping you write a story that matters to you.
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, you’ll learn how to overcome the awkwardness of the blank page and the need to write a shitty first draft. I’ll give you exercises to help you put words on the page.
In the second session, you’ll learn a clear structure to use, in order to ensure your writing is in service to the reader.
In the third session, we’ll talk about the art of revision, as well as play with sound and sense.
And in the final session, you’ll learn a system for writing multiple drafts of the same piece.
Mostly, we 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 revision 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 will be to finish a piece of writing that satisfies you.
That’s where the joy comes in.
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
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.
Once a week, you’ll get specific ideas for how to practice joy in your life. Upcoming events? You’ll find out first. Ridiculous GIFs? Guaranteed.
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