Finding 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

We all have stories that matter. We have to find our stories so we can share them with others.

Whether you are writing personal essays, memoir, food writing, opinion pieces, book proposals, academic papers, or fiction, 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.


Finding Your Story is a chance for participants to dive into writing — pushing words onto the page — and releasing our wild minds to write.

In the second session, I give the participants a clear structure to use, since structure makes every piece of writing more fully in service to the reader.

Mostly, we work intently with language: choosing strong verbs, avoiding lazy words, playing with sound and sense, 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 memoir writing workshop. It’s not a workshop about how to publish your book.

This is a writing workshop. 

Participating in Finding Your Story will help you finish a piece of writing that satisfies you.

What you will receive

  • 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.
“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

Finding Your Story


Be part of a four-week virtual writing workshop. 

Scholarships available.

I’m looking forward to hearing your story.

Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.

—Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road


I would love to chat with you!