"The act of writing…is a unique experience, unlike anything else I know. You have to be in the right mood and start with a clear mind. You must trust your initial feelings because at the beginning you don’t really know where you’re going.”

– Paul McCartney

ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO WRITE YOUR STORY?

You have a story.

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

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

The other part? You’re terrified of writing that story. You know it’s going to change you.

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

You need to work in community with other writers to free yourself to write.

It’s time to write your heart out.

I want to create this community with you.

Introducing: The Collective Joy of Writing Club. 

Come for the writing prompts and suggestions and create community with other writers.

One of my biggest joys in life is to talk and work with other writers, so we all can make connections and feel seen.

In the COLLECTIVE JOY OF WRITING, you’ll be part of conversations about pieces of writing that spark joy, what’s blocking us from putting our words on the page, and how we can help each other by listening and offering supportive suggestions.

This is a community for people who want to free themselves as writers.

I’m the moderator. And I have plenty of suggestions for writing and editing after 30 years of teaching and writing. But this isn’t about me or learning from me. I’m the gatherer.

This is about creating community through playing with language together.

Here’s what happens in the Collective Joy of Writing Club. 

How will we do this? 

We’ll meet on Zoom, for 90 minutes, at the same time every week. 

If you can’t be there one week, no problem. You’ll have access to the recordings. 

Each group is limited to 12 people, so we can learn to know each other well. 

What will the weekly gatherings look like? 

Every week, we’ll show up together. 

We’ll  write together. We’ll talk about good writing. And then we’ll talk and listen to each other. 

Everyone will feel heard. And you’ll learn what other people are writing and thinking about now. 

Will it be the same every week?

We’ll vary the basic format a bit to keep it interesting.

One week of the month, we’ll have a guest writer to talk with us about their process and pieces.  

Another week of the month, I’ll give a craft talk and nudge you to practice new ways of thinking about sentence structure, writing from memory, sound sense, and much more. 

We’ll write about the plums. 

Here’s some of what we’ll be working on together: 

How to quiet that stern editor voice that insists you’re not good enough and how to embrace the chaos of creativity instead.

How to write with the specific details of your life.

How to take what you created in the first, chaotic draft into a structure that starts making sense.

How to cut, edit, and revise your piece, paying close attention to the sound and sense of each sentence.

How to play with language so that every word and sentence says what you mean.

How to know when you are done with a piece of writing.

Being part of a community of writers means you’ll have fellow writers you trust to read your pieces and workshop with you. I’ll facilitate those meetings.

Every week between sessions, I’ll be holding open office hours on the same day and time. Come write together or ask questions about your piece on Zoom.

Along with these weekly meetings and supportive community, you’ll also receive daily writing prompts, pieces of writing to consider, and quotes and interviews about writing from other writers. That’s part of your subscription to The Collective Joy of Writing newsletter.


I’m inviting you to join as a founding member of the Collective Joy of Writing Club.

I want to hear your ideas. I want you involved in the process of creating this process. Your insights and suggestions matter.

Let’s build something together.

We’ll be working together, working intently with language, listening to each other’s stories, and consciously deciding the words we leave on the page.

Working on your writing in this club will help you free yourself to write.

Here, we embrace the messy, exhilarating experience of the creative process. Collaborating with other writers in the process creates a kind of collective effervescence you could never experience on your own.

Let’s build the Collective Joy of Writing Club together.

TESTIMONIALS. 

Shauna’s workshop helped me find my love for words again and remember why I enjoy writing. I’m so glad I finally made the commitment. Shauna creates a wonderful supportive space for you to play. I feel like I’ve already become a better writer, and discovered so many things about myself that I didn’t know I needed to write down.

—Jackie P.

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 M.

Thank you for being a person who is open to talking and listening to hard things. I really loved your writing workshop. It has been a catalyst for a new layer of self acceptance. Thank you.

—Sara B.

Join the club.

Come for the conversation and become part of a community.