Journey Writers’ Love Words

“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 you to spill forth onto the page your stream of consciousness thoughts. Let it out. You won’t regret it.”

— A.K.M

“Shani created a warm and nurturing atmosphere that made it easy to write and reveal beauty and truth. I want to do it again!”

— Ruth Davis

“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.”

— Annette M Peizer

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.”

— Susan Appel-Bass

“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.”

— Ari Wolf

“I so enjoyed Shani’s class. She’s a natural. Really—just a wonderful, honest, clear-eyed teacher. Bravo!”

— Marisa Handler

“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!”

— Vika Teicher

“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!”

— Delilah Raybee

“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.”

— Jen W.

“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.”

— Megan Knipp