Labs + Workshops


CAUTION: This lab has a tendency to spawn novels and memoirs, so be prepared to create something meaningful and exciting on the spot!

Why take this lab?

Try this lab IF: You write personal narrative and have no idea how to write fiction.

Try this lab IF: You write fiction and you have no idea how to write personal narrative.

Try this lab IF: You’re not sure what you write and you’d like to play around with fiction and personal narrative to see which one feels right.

Part I: Two Truths
We begin by exploring a moment within your real life, tickling memory, touching on emotions, and teasing out the human and universal truths within your own experience.

Part II: A Lie
We turn to genre tropes to play with what’s possible, experimenting with fun, serious or exciting ways to use your truths in fresh made-up stories.
In 2020, we “had to” pivot. In 2021, we “get to” pivot. Choose a new approach to writing & see what you think.

Newbies and life-long writers welcome




Magic happens when you write outside your comfort zone. If you write personal narrative, come play with fiction. If you write fiction, test the personal narrative waters to see what all the fuss is about. That’s what the Writing Labs are for.

Two Truths & A Lie, Fast Freytag, and Pick Up Sticks are all about experimentation. There’s no right or wrong way to play. It’s okay to mix things up, blow things up, make a mess, invent something new. Tap in and out of fact and fiction, truth and lies, past and future, reality and imagination.

Fair warning: When you free yourself to experiment with a different form of storytelling, you run the risk of strengthening your original skills and falling in love with something new.

Game rules: Follow my lead, free your imagination, and take a chance on yourself. Validate yourself. Scroll down for more info.

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MAKE IT HAPPEN workshops

To get from where you are to where you’d like to be, you need a destination and a map. Otherwise, you can find yourself without a compass, spinning your wheels, getting lost on tangents, or disappearing into rabbit holes.

In the Make It Happen Labs we identify your goal, the path you’d like to take to reach it, and how you’d like to be held accountable along the way.  

You set the pace, whether you’re in a multi-month Brand New Blog, a 30-day Month of Extraordinary Goals (MEG), or a 3-hour Stratagem workshop. My job is to check in regularly, keep you connected to your goal and in line with your intentions, and acknowledge your hard-won achievements along the way.

Make It Happen Workshops focus on inspiration, motivation, and accountability in a non-competitive environment. Scroll down for more info.

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LIVE & THRIVE workshops

When you’re a storyteller, your lifestyle, writing, and creativity have to work together for any of them to work at all. Try having any two without the third and I bet you end up stuck.

Live & Thrive Workshops are designed for the unique lifestyle considerations of writers and creative people. Call it write-life balance, where the focus is on finding the same sense of choice, engagement, and control in your life that you have when you write and create. 

Your writing + creativity make you whole; they support your emotional intellectual life + well being, right? What if you also designed your life + well-being around supporting your writing + creativity?

Keep scrolling to check out Choice Within Change, Now & Later, and Viewfinder for more info about the three Live & Write Workshops I designed with 2020 and 2021 in mind.

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Writing Labs

If you’re thinking about joining a Writing Salon but time is tight, six weeks seems like a lot, and you’d like to see what I’m like to work with before committing to all that writing, sign up for a lab!


Writing fiction requires imagination, but writing personal narrative requires courage.

How brave are you?

I promise it’s not that scary. It might even be a lot of fun.

Just like playing the board game Risk, there’s a strategy to writing personal narrative. Indeed, there’s an art to shaping your thoughts, feelings, and memories into entertaining, meaningful, and inspiring stories. Whether you share or keep them to yourself, if you’re into it, why not take a chance on writing what’s real? 

For the writer working on memoir or personal narrative,
this writing lab invites you to get your hands dirty right away. You will generate material, share your work, shift perspective, write some more, share some more, and continue to write and workshop your piece for three solid hours.

We begin with a selection of Magic Words, set personal boundaries around what we’re willing too share and how deep we’d like to go, and I hold the space for you to explore within your comfort zone — unless and until you would like to expand beyond that point.

Find the humor, the human, the poignant, the struggle, and the silly in your personal experiences through playful exploration in a safe, inclusive space.

You may end up with one complete piece, one half of a complete piece, or two halves of two incomplete pieces-–results vary. Regardless, If you dive into this lab, you will end up with solid material for your memoir or a personal narrative piece you would be proud to submit for publication.

This lab is ongoing, meaning it’s not a one-and-done situation (unless you want it to be). You can take it as many times as you would like, without pre-requisites or the fear that it will get stale.

Risk is a writing workshop only, and is designed to be playful and lighthearted; Risk is not therapy

Newbies and life-long writers welcome.

Saturday, April 10

900am-Noon PST

Zoom meeting ID provided with payment


By far the most popular writing lab in my list of offerings, Two Truths & A Lie is equally satisfying and stimulating for fiction and non-fiction writers alike.

This lab has a tendency to spawn novels and memoirs, so be prepared to create something exciting or thought-provoking on the spot

If you write fiction and you have no idea how to write personal narrative, try this lab.

If you write personal narrative and you have no idea how to write fiction, try this lab.

If you write non-fiction
and have no idea how to write either personal narrative or fiction, 
but you’ve often wondered what the fuss is all about, you’ve got to try this lab!

Part I: Two Truths


We begin by exploring a moment within your real life,
tickling memory, touching on emotions, and teasing out the human and universal truths within your own experience.

Part II: A Lie


We turn to genre tropes to play with what’s possible, experimenting with fun, serious or exciting ways to use your truths in fresh made-up stories.

In 2020, we “had to” pivot. In 2021, we “get to” pivot. Choose a new approach to writing & see what you think. 

Newbies and life-long writers welcome


Saturday, June 19
1000am-100pm PST



per writing lab

Zoom meeting ID provided with payment


Does your story idea have legs? Can you develop that idea into a plot in just a few hours?

Let’s find out! Are you ready to play?

Let’s take your story on a fast flight around one of my story writing games
to find out. Each one is a whirlwind adventure that answers a few questions and asks a bunch of new ones, and yet somehow ends in clarity and possibility.

We can work with an existing story or begin with a completely fresh idea (most popular choice).

Fast Freytag goes forward through story structure. You write your story from beginning to end.

Pick Up Sticks goes backwards through story structure. You write your story from end to beginning.

Inside Out goes in both directions. You write your story from the middle out.

Your imagination wants to know: Can you come out to play?

Fast Freytag: 
Saturday, May 1
900-Noon PST


Pick Up Sticks:
Saturday, May 1
1000am-100pm PST


Inside Out:
Saturday, June 5
900am-Noon PST


Zoom meeting ID provided with payment


Are you a writer who
struggles to begin?

Are you a writer who writes all the time?

Are you a writer who is sick of being blocked?

Good news!
This lab is for you.

I offer a long list of different ways to help you get your pen to the page,
many of which are featured regularly in my online writing community, To Live & Write … Wherever You Are.
They include online gatherings to write and share your work regularly, like Write Alongs, Proof of Writes, and Mini-Retreats, as well as monthly writing challenges like Flash Lit and Daily Pages, and projects and lit nights like Imagine March and Alameda Shorts. 

Those are just the free ones. But they’re almost all live and they’re almost all on a schedule. 

Beginning in April, if you can’t catch a live writing situation, catch my video in the newsletter, Writing Stuff, on Saturdays or in To Live & Write … Wherever You Are on Mondays.

You will find a prompt, a challenge, lots of quiet writing time, and an invitation to start your week or weekend off right by writing. Give yourself an hour.

You’ll be glad you did.

Pen to Page is a popular first step on your writing journey and a wonderful way to begin reconnecting with creativity, gently and without anyone looking over your shoulder. It’s also a way to challenge yourself to develop your storytelling muscles and to establish a consistent, rewarding writing habit. 

Pen to Page is also incredibly valuable for those who already enjoy a regular writing habit and want to open themselves up to taking their writing to a deeper level, as well as for those who have been experiencing overwhelm and may be blocked by the existential crises of current events. 

Pen to Page is also a good, solid way to audition me without having to put either of us on the spot. You get to hear my voice, check my attitude, and watch how I handle myself, all without me knowing you’re judging me (phew!). 


Newbies and life-long writers welcome.

Click here to join To Live & Write … Wherever You Are

Make It Happen Workshops

Every now and then, you need some inspiration, motivation, and accountability to get a thing done. It takes a plan to bring an idea to life, spin a dream into reality, and just make it happen. Working a plan takes focus, support, and encouragement. That’s what you get when you join one of the Make It Happen workshops.

STRATAGEM the labs

Each Stratagem lab is 3 hours in two 90-minute sessions, with homework.

Stratagem 1: outlining/story structure
Stratagem 2: organizing existing content
Stratagem 3: identifying time & space to generate content
Stratagem 4: mapping the launching of content

There’s more to writing a book than just sitting down and writing characters and dialogue. You need a plan. Even if you like to write by the seat of your pants, at some point you’re going to have to look at what you have already written and figure out where you want to go, even in very broad strokes. That’s where Stratagem 1 comes in.

It’s also often where Stratagem 2 comes in. If you have written quite a bit of your story and you’re starting to need a timeline or helpful way to track the characters and events, this workshop will help you identify what works for you and then set it up so it can.

Stratagem 3 comes in handy anywhere in your book writing process that life steps in and throws you a curve-ball. That could be at the very beginning — you have this awesome idea but struggle to find time to get it out of your head — or at the end or anywhere in between — things change at home, in your career, or in your family, and suddenly writing doesn’t fit in your schedule the same way. So, let’s recalibrate and find where it does fit and help make it stick.

Stratagem 4 is specifically for writers who have a collection of stories, articles, poetry, blog posts, or the first draft of a book and are ready to take a deep breath and get their work out in the world. An organized approach takes work up front but can keep you sane as you continue to publish your work.

You can take these workshops in any order. If you’re new to story structure, I would take Stratagem 1 before Stratagem 2, because you need a basic knowledge of the orders of reader expectation to get the most from Stratagem 2.

Stratagem 1: outlining for novel writing: Saturday, April 24 & Sunday, April 25: 900-1030am PST both days

Stratagem 2: organizing existing content: Saturday, May 29 & Sunday, May 30: 900-1030am PST both days

Stratagem 3: making room to write: Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27: 900-1030am PST both days

Stratagem 4: launching content: Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, July 25: 900-1030am PST both days


3 weeks to prepare, 3 months to post, 15 weekly 90-minute sessions.

This group is for people like you who have brilliant ideas, an excellent plan, a handful of rough drafts,
and some kind of block preventing you from just making it happen already.

This workshop begins with identifying personal blocks and moving them
aside so we can make your brand new blog a reality.

Informational Meeting RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER, 2021
How it works: The first few weeks are for gearing up.
This is when we define the parameters of your blog,
identify the obstacles that have prevented you from making a solid start,
map out a plan that works for you, and begin writing.

Expect homework.

In January, you figure things out and get your blog ready. $45 for January.
In February, you start posting to your blog and share it with the private group. $225 for February.
In March, you continue posting to your blog and share it with my writing community, To Live & Write. $225 for March. 
In April, you continue posting to your blog, share it with To Live & Write, and share it three additional places online. $225 for April.

Every time you post to your blog, I pay you back $25 (up to 6 times per month, February-April)
That’s $450 back in your pocket in three months.

Why? Because I want you to succeed. Your success increases my success.
BONUS: Every time you read and comment on the blog post of another member of the group, 
I pay you back $2 (one comment per blog post, February-April).
… And this increases everyone else’s success.

All four months required

January 8 – April 23
1200-130pm Fridays
Prepay: $645

Payment plan:
$45 January 1, 2021
$225 February 1, 2021
$225 March 1, 2021
$225 April 1, 2021

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Limited number of spots available ~ contact me now to see if it’s a good fit.

Click here to find out what to expect.  Camp MEG is a variation of Club MEG, with the same value plus mid-week check-ins to fit the pace.

Camp MEG 8 weeks of summer
8 weeks of putting pen to page
8 weeks of pursuing your writing goals
8 weeks of making significant progress on a project that is important to you
8 weeks of being part of a group designed to inspire, motivate, and celebrate the writer in each of us.

Camp MEG
8 weeks of Summer
8 weeks of being a writer who writes

June 20 – August 14

Live & Thrive Workshops

It’s 2021.
Do you really need any other reason than “2020 caught me off-guard” to sign up for a workshop designed specifially to help you handle change, uncertainty, distance learning, distance from loved ones, and having all your plans put on hold for some indefinite period of time?

It’s 2021.

Sign up for something good.


In this workshop, we lean into the lessons of the past to inform the present for the sake of the future.

If you are looking ahead to the 2020 holiday season and the New Year with uncertainty, dread,
overwhelm, or a sense of loss or being lost, you are not alone.

In the midst of change, it helps to know you still have choices, and that you can be in control of your experience.

You have already learned more and done more in your life than you might appreciate, and you are more resourceful than you think.

Let’s figure out how you have always been amazing – because you have, even if you don’t know it yet – and use that to build a bridge to an even more fulfilling life—unwanted change be damned. 

Begin with a 15-minute get-to-know-you Zoom session with me. Space is limited to four at a time, so book now.

Part I: Friday, December 4: 500-630pm
Part II: Friday, December 11: 630-800pm


Part I: Thursday, December 10: 500-630pm
Part II: Friday, December 11: 500-630pm

Part I: Thursday January 7: 130-300pm
Part II: Thursdayday, January 14: 130-300pm

Group sessions returning Spring, 2021

Private sessions available:
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Zoom meeting ID + password provided with payment 

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This workshop leans into the present to tune into and turn up inner strengths and hard-won skills to empower the future.

Who you are now is pretty freaking great, whether you see it or need a better lens for looking at yourself.

You are living in a unique period in history, managing change, adapting, making mistakes, and failing forward into success–even if it doesn’t feel like it most days. 

You are not the same person you were at the end of 2019 or 2020.

Let’s embrace who you became deep into 2020, and the skills and resources you have developed that will be yours to own forever.

Begin with a 15-minute Zoom session with me.

Space is limited to four at a time, so book now.

Your strengths, your wisdom, and how you navigate the now is the key to a satisfying and successful later.

Saturday, December 5



Friday, December 18


Friday, January 1


Group sessions returning Spring, 2021

Private sessions available:
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Zoom meeting ID + password provided with payment 

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This workshop borrows from the past and present to lean into a future of possibility with confidence and clarity.

Clarity is so important!
Clarity gives you confidence and levels the playing field, whether you’re interviewing for a new job, raising a teenager, setting boundaries in a relationship, buying a car, wrapping your life around distance learning, creating time for writing + creativity, or organizing your thoughts to bringing new love into your life.

Let’s figure out what it is you really want and how to ask for it. Begin with a 15-minute Zoom session with me. Space is limited to four at a time, so book now.

Why? So you can move through 2021 and into whatever comes next with confidence and maybe, possibly, joy.

That, after all, is the first step to manifesting your needs and desires.

Sunday, December 27



Saturday, January 2


Mon-Weds, January 4 – January 6


Group sessions returning Spring, 2021

Private sessions available:
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Zoom meeting ID + password provided with payment

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Basic Bronwyn VISION BOARD Workshop

How on Earth do you do a Vision Board workshop on Zoom?!?
As with everything else in right now, it’s all about the pivot.

In 2020 and 2021, my Vision Board workshops are pretty much the same as every year, only this time we meet on Zoom and you provide your own scissors, glue, and magazines. If you’re in Alameda, I’m willing to deliver glue and posterboard to you at home.

Bonus: This time you get to have any snacks you want — because you’re going to bring your faves to your own desk, table, counter, or floor at home (wherever you end up doing your vision board). Bring wine! Bring hot cocoa! Bring your cat!

Dress up or wear your jammies. I will probably do full make-up, half-hearted hair, and no-efffort outfit. You do you.

We’ll pull from The Magic Box of Words like always and wrap up with the Important Letter. But this year, we’re going to do a couple of new coaching exercises. Because 2020 happened. Because 2020 shook up so much. Because 2021 is here. And it’s not going anywhere.  

Need I say more? Well, yes, I do, if you have questions. Read more here:

or email me directly: bronwyn.coach@gmail.com

Private Parties:

To book your vision board workshop, contact me directly: bronwyn.coach@gmail.com


Embark on a life-affirming and potentially life changing journey with a small group of people who share your desire to reconnect with creativity and open their lives to possibility.

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way has been a guide and a gift for writers + creatives for more than 25 years.

But it’s hard to get through on your own, and so much more fun + engaging to do with others.

So join us! This group is here to support you every step of the way.

Bonus: This 14-week commitment has been timed to get you through the long winter months and into Spring with a fresh take on life and possibility. We meet online on Zoom each week to share progress, insights, thoughts, and revelations. 

Week 1: Meet + greet. Set expectations, discuss intentions, and connect to this goal and each other.
Weeks 2-13: Do the work. Make our way through the book + workbook together, step by step.
Week 14: Follow-up session. How will we continue to explore + celebrate creativity in our lives as we move forward?

Prerequisites: One 15-minute Zoom session with me to get to know each other and to make sure you and I are a good fit. Your own copy of The Artist’s Way Workbook. Recommended but not required: The Artist’s Way book.

f you have already been through a course of The Artist’s Way and would like to revisit this powerful process and its unfolding in a different format, join The Artist’s Way Writing Salon.

Tuesdays, February 2 – May 11: 700-830pm

Zoom meeting ID + password provided with payment

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Have you ever tried working your way through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way?

How far did you get on your own? Was it chapter 4? Did you make it to Abundance? Chapter 8 is a pivotal point in the process. Did you make it that far?

Have you ever wondered what you have been missing?
The Artist’s Way workshop will help you finish and help you get the most out of every single chapter along the way.

Are you one of the thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of people who gave up halfway through? Did you, like them, pick up Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and set out on her powerful journey to reconnect with your creativity, with every intention of completing the entire course, only to put it down and prioritize other tasks and obligations in your life?

It’s time to set yourself up for success and begin again, this time with the advantage of membership in one of my Live & Thrive groups.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has been serving artists and creatives for more than 25 years. It remains relevant, evocative, powerful, life-affirming, and life-changing today. The Artist’s Way is a 12-week journey loaded with tasks that focus on identifying, clarifying, and strengthening the inner resources you need to nurture in yourself so you can reconnect with your creativity and emerge empowered and able to own your creative identity.

When it comes to affirming your creative identity with The Artist’s Way, the key to success lies in how long it takes. Cameron moves you through each stage at a purposeful pace, insisting you take no less than twelve weeks to work your way through with vigilance.

Interestingly, when it comes to wandering away without finishing, the key to failure also lies in how long it takes. Twelve weeks is a serious commitment. Unless you are your own best motivator, it’s incredibly difficult to get through on your own.

There are people in this world who begin a thing and see it through to completion,
regardless of how intense the process is or how long it takes. They keep themselves on track, pat themselves on the back, and take pleasure in having mastered a challenge on their own.

And then there are the rest of us.

Does this sound familiar? You begin a thing and then you falter. You begin again and then you fizzle. You begin once more, this time with gusto, and then you stop altogether–adding yet one more bag of failure to the “I never finish what I start” trash heap. And what a trash heap it is! Built on self-loathing and trash talk and stinking up our self-esteem like so much decaying fish and rotten vegetables, it’s the worst thing ever.

What you need is what so many people on this planet need: a group to provide moral support and enthusiasm, a coach to lead you through each step to the very end, and some skin in the game to raise the stakes and help motivate you to show up.

Human beings are wired to connect with other human beings,
to interact, to support each other, and to belong. You know what facilitates connection, interaction, opportunities to thrive and succeed, and a sense of belonging? Being part of a group of people experiencing the same challenges and similar rewards as they work through the same process towards the same goal.

Join my Artist’s Way workshop, running February 2 through May 11. $275

The path to hell is littered with good intentions, hell being the cycle of self-loathing perpetuated by starting and stopping new things, and good intentions being the misguided belief that this time will be different. This time you will stick with and faithfully complete all 100 or so tasks and make all 12 artist dates happen, and wake early every day for 144 days to write your Morning Pages all by yourself.

If that’s the kind of thing you can take on and trust yourself to complete, fantastic! I admire and respect that kind of self-empowerment.

However. Some of us need structure and accountability to succeed. We respond to an external framework and other people counting on us. We tend to show up for others more reliably than we show up for ourselves. Is this you?

This is where the benefits of membership in a workshop group come in. Imagine having other people in your life who know firsthand how challenging this process is and who look forward to celebrating your progress, enjoying your insights, and listening to your newly-formed wisdom each week. How cool would that be?

Join my Artist’s Way workshop, running February 2 through May 11. $275

What’s the money about? Why am I charging for this?
Three reasons:
1) Some people need a pinch in the pocketbook to take a commitment seriously. You know who you are.
2) Some people have family members who need to know a thing costs money before they will respect your boundaries around it and the time you spend on it. In other words, if you’re paying for this workshop course, they’re more likely to support you and to leave you alone to focus on your Artist Way tasks.
3) I’m a professional coach and you are hiring my services to structure, nurture, and facilitate the success of the group and its individual members, including you.

My job is to keep you on track to achieving your goals, your dreams, and your intentions, reminding you when you feel intimidated or discouraged that you are indeed moving forward into your fully formed creative identity. The Artist’s Way is a tool beyond measure for unlocking creativity.

Have you ever wondered about what you’ve been missing?
Do you have questions?
Would you like to talk to me about joining The Artist’s Way workshop? Let’s chat.

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