Second Story Writer’s Workshop

Welcome to Second Story Writer’s Workshop!

We make writers who shuffle the world with their words, modest and mighty.

We make writers of mothers, fathers, elders, daughters, sons, optimists, cynics, readers, skimmers, dreamers, doers, seekers and wannabes from novice to polished.

We make writers whose voices color the world irreverent, witty, vivid and vulnerable.

We make writers whose voices shine, because our voices light the way.

When you find your voice you rule your world, and when you use your voice, you change the world.

This is the place for all writers, used-to-be-writers, and wannabe writers.

A writer is someone who writes, and we have one goal here: Get you writing!

What is Second Story Writer’s Workshop?

Second Story Writer’s Workshop offers structured individual and group writing experiences for anyone who wants to write. You don’t need to be published or serious or talented. All you need is a notebook and a pen. You could use a pencil, but it’ll smudge.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop is a place to hear the truth about your words. And the truth is that everyone can tell beautiful and powerful stories. We help you find your truest, best voice and practice using it more often.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop builds your creative confidence, session by session. Because you’re not getting out the door without having scribbled some words on the page. We will tie you to the chair if we have to. With nice ribbon.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop gives writers tools to cut through procrastination and overwhelm so that they less time thinking about writing and more time actually writing.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop is super supportive and ridiculous fun.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop helps writers of all experience and commitment levels make time and space to write, and to get feedback on their works in progress.

Second Story Writer’s Workshop ensures that those who want to write, write.

I can absolutely promise you that writers — new, old, lapsed, and those currently only dreaming of writing — will leave workshop sessions with ideas and drafts that are seeds for stories, poems, essays, articles, or entire books. Writers will also leave with concrete skills and tools they can use over and over again to keep the words moving onto the page.

Second Story Writers Workshop is pure creative confidence, wrapped in a bow and delivered with a smile, a sparkle, and a smirk.



Second Story Startup Circle

This in-person workshop meets weekly to write together, learn or practice a specific creative tool, share work and get feedback from the group. Sharing is always optional, and so much fun that everyone usually wants to play.

The Startup Circle is super useful for brand new writer babies, old pros, and everyone in between. Because when it comes to writing, we ALL procrastinate, and we all need new tricks to charm the muse.


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GSD: 6 Weeks to Submission

Get stuff done. Get feedback. Send it out. Repeat. That’s what published writers do. We’re here to help you join their ranks.

This workshop is a great place for writers who have never submitted, those who need to get back into practice, and those who simply crave the support and accountability of a group focused on the same goal: Getting that shit published.

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Shiny, Happy Writers Say:

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“Lela was completely honest about her own need to create and stick to writing routines, and that put everyone in the room at ease. This is not a workshop led by someone who asks you to buy their books and reminds you every week to interact with her on social media – it’s a place for writers to make real progress toward self-set goals and find community with others doing the same. I would recommend six weeks with Lela to anyone who wants to write more, start writing, or just see if writing is really what they want to do.”

~Laurie Marshall, Freelance WriterUntitled design (12)

“Lela is exciting, inspiring, and perceptive. I am writing again and loving it! This workshop was the most creative fun I’ve had in years.”

~Marie Clapper, Media Executive / Playwright, Author Everyday Matters: One Woman Savors Ordinary Days in Extraordinary Ways

Untitled design (13)“Second Story Writer’s Workshop was exactly the shot in the arm my creativity needed. I had let my writing languish, and I was having a hard time getting my rear end in the chair to write regularly. The work in a group setting was motivating and validating. We also did a lot of writing exercises and “process” work that pushed my creativity and writing to a new level.I didn’t just rediscover my creativity. I found out that I had stores of creativity that I didn’t know were there. I also learned numerous strategies for developing a regular, productive writing practice that can spur both productivity and creativity. I would recommend this workshop to would-be and new writers as well as veterans in all genres.” ~Angie Albright, Non-Profit Fund Development Professional

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“I left the workshop with 101 (!) pages of writing, countless ideas and essay concepts to revisit, the motivation to relaunch and rethink my blog, confidence and enthusiasm that had been otherwise waning, and something else I didn’t anticipate I gained an intriguing, diverse, supportive group of writer friends.”

~Beth Stephens, Influencer Marketing Executive
(Read Beth’s full blog post about Second Story here.)

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Finding humor and digging into mom’s history has given me plenty to consider writing for publication, or more concentrated journaling.

~ Rhonda Franz, Freelance Writer, Social Media Strategist




Untitled designJoining a writer’s workshop was intimidating since I don’t really consider myself to be an actual bonafide “writer.” Lela put my anxiety to rest the moment I stepped into the first session. She is a welcoming, hilarious and inspiring leader and the group of writers in the room encouraged and challenged me to write more often and rethink my reasons for doing so. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough!

Jenny Marrs, Founder, Feed Their Tummies