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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.


Are you ready to turn your scribbles into something more?

I'm a believer that once you get paid to write, you'll write better and more often. Cash money has a way of motivating us like that.

In addition to simply giving you more practice, writing for money, on deadline, to spec, also develops your ability to connect with a specific audience and slant your content in different ways. Writing for money helps you see your work as something you do not something you are, which can be an important distinction when trying to shut down that Dark Chatter that whispers we can't.



In this session students will inventory their work, identify markets, and craft a personal plan for getting paid to write in 2018. We will be highly hands-on, but we will not be writing in this session, outside of a quick warm up to get us in the right mental space.

This session is all about the Business of Writing, and how that Business Mindset can make you a better writer.


Investment $149

Saturday, January 20, 10am to 2pm

Location: Anywhere in the world, via your phone or laptop!

Click the button below to reserve your seat! 


Angie Albright, Lela Davidson
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

Joining 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 and star of HGTV's Almost Home