I guide women who seek the medicine of writing yet can’t find the time, the courage, or the words to journey deep within through a focused and freeing practice of writing what’s real and true, and being witnessed in the circle.
What is Journey Writing?
It’s an adventure of words,
like journaling aloud or naked.
It’s a whispering, a witnessing.
You leap and the net appears in the form of a blank page.
And the page is a path, that always takes you Home.
Why I love this Work?
When I discovered this Work through the wonderful Laurie Wagner, it felt like a calling.
Like this is a big part of what I’m meant to be doing with my precious Life.
For so long I’ve said, to myself, out loud, to the Universe:
I want to help people write their stories.
So, this is one way I can be that guide-ess
who awakens your spirit through writing, sharing & witnessing.
Journey Writing offers you…
Dedicated time to write a lot within a safe and structured format.
Provocative prompts that trigger alive and on fire writing like nothing else.
Breakthroughs in your writing style, writer’s block and voice.
Instant connection, trust, and safety with a group of kindred spirits.
Deep listening from others so you feel truly seen and heard.
Space to share what’s really on your heart with true compassion from others.
A remembering that you are not alone in your human experience.
An invitation to throw caution to the wind, free of judgement.
An opportunity to go to places in your mind and soul that you fear.
How a Journey Writing circle works
I choose edgy, provocative, thought-provoking prompts that I pull from narrative poems.
I set a timer and we write for 5–15 minutes, focused, without stopping or ‘thinking’.
We each take turns to read our pieces aloud while others bear witness.
We don’t critique or offer feedback—while one person reads, the others listen.
Deep healing happens through this powerful, simple act of witnessing one another’s humanness, craziness and sameness.
Incredibly powerful writing happens through this stream-of-consciousness, highly-focused, wild writing style.
…Love Words from Journey Writers…
What an incredibly heart-opening and surprising experience to release what you may not even know is inside of you, until Shani tells you to begin writing, uninhibited by the tendency of the mind to analyze every word. There is so much vulnerability and power in allowing yourself to spill forth onto the page your stream of consciousness thoughts. Let it out. You won’t regret it.
Shani created a warm and nurturing atmosphere that made it easy to write and reveal beauty and truth. I want to do it again!
In Shani’s writing workshop, I found myself writing deeply quickly, and when reading it later to the group, although I unintentionally became emotional, it felt like a huge release when I had finished. While listening to other participants read their writing, I realized a deep sharing was going on that doesn’t ordinarily happen among strangers. The sense of connection to our shared humanity was palpable.
I am a long-time professional writer and as such have attended many writing circles. I especially appreciated and enjoyed Shani’s circle because of her personal style. She is warm and welcoming and made me feel right at home from the get-go. Despite the fact that I did not know her or any other members of the circle, I felt very comfortable. I was able to write candidly, without any filters or concern that I or my writing might be judged in any negative fashion. Thanks to Shani, I was able to spread my writing wings in a free and creative environment.
Like the most useful Creative Writing classes, Shani’s Journey Writing does not offer students a chance to comment on one another’s work. Instead, this master of the craft offers women a safe, supportive and nourishing environment in which to come home to ourselves and, ultimately, to write the stories that are in our hearts.
I so enjoyed Shani’s class. She’s a natural. Really—just a wonderful, honest, clear-eyed teacher. Bravo!
Thank you for a great writing circle! I needed some guidance to go inside and come back with words and tears. It was such good use of the virtual format. Shani created the safety and permission for an international group of perfect strangers to share intimately with each other. Well done. I’d love to do it again!
Shani’s writing circles have become an anchor in an unpredictable time. Those two hours per week to spend with my thoughts are invaluable. The act of writing feels cathartic, and also I get to learn and discover new things about myself. Shani creates a strong container for the group where sharing honestly and openly with others feels very natural and safe. I highly recommend trying out a circle for yourself; you’ll be glad you did!
Such a fantastic experience—I really enjoyed it, and it was successful in bringing emotion to the surface. Shani did a great job leading the circle…I could tell she is in her element.
I took a writing workshop series with Shani this fall and loved the experience. I have since signed on for more! Shani’s workshop broke me free from a writing rut. She is a fun yet grounded facilitator, an expert in her craft. Shani’s workshop broke me free from a writing rut and reminded me how important writing is to my healing process. My favorite part is being able to share my writing and be witness to others in the circle. I highly recommend, as we all need creative ways to process and express ourselves.