Welcome to Second Story Writer’s Workshop!
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 GSD: 6 Weeks to Submission
There’s only one way to get published: Get Shit Done, and submit, submit, submit. Then submit some more. It’s a numbers game. The more you write, the more material you’ve got to work with. But great material isn’t enough. We’ve got to shape that shit into something worth submitting. And then we’ve got to be brave and hit the send button. It’s not so hard, not when you’ve got a supportive group of writers cheering you on.
This in-person workshop meets weekly to workshop your writing into submission, and then get that little sucker submitted.
GSD: 6 Weeks to Submission 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.
Every week we will begin and end with a prompt to keep our right brains happy amid all the worky-work of the workshop. The majority of our time will be spent providing feedback on writing that group members submit the week prior. You will need to devote about an hour a week outside of class to reading and critiquing other students’ work.
We will work together to set submission goals for the session. Some students will polish and one piece and submit for publication, while others will accomplish more than that. Our collective goal will be to learn the craft of writing by critiquing as much of each other’s writing as possible. In my experience, writers learn as much from group feedback on others’ writing as they do from feedback on their own.
Everyone has something to offer. Some bring an affinity for grammar. Others notice character details. Even those with little writing experience can offer telling insights. Because we’re all readers.
Every writer will be supported and nudged into a deeper relationship with their writing, emerging as a more confident, more creative writer.
Shiny, Happy Writers Say:
“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 Writer
“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
“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
“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.)
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