Discover Your Story: Writing the Personal Essay Workshop

Meditate, focus, freewrite, and discovery what you want to write about.

Join me for this 90-minute generative workshop and learn how to write a personal essay. The Personal Essay is a true story told from the first person perspective in a few pages. It is an act of discovery for both the writer and the reader.

This is a mindful writing workshop. After a brief mediation and through a series of writing prompts, you will find your way into your personal essay.

Be sure to have pen and paper ready. We will be writing by hand if possible.

This is a safe, supportive, and fun environment in which to create and share your thoughts and stories.

Join me!

Date: Monday, May 15, 2023

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

Where: Online, a link will be sent in advance.

Cost: $55.00

Questions? Email me at sbarrtoman @

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I love Susan’s classes! I have gained a sound foundation in the combination of meditation and writing. Workshops afford a unique broadening of perspective as I glimpse bits of life through the stories my classmates choose to write and to share.

Susan effortlessly creates an inclusive and inspiring online classroom that feels like a weekly bit of normalcy and connection in this disaggregated time.

Amy L., Cherry Hill, NJ

Susan’s writing classes (I’ve enrolled in several) have been transformational. I hadn’t been able to write regularly or successfully for years, and Susan’s deep knowledge of literature–and her experience with both the craft of writing and the practical details of the publishing world–have been incredibly helpful and inspiring.  Thanks to her course, and the supportive community it has created, I now have a regular writing practice, and have even submitted some pieces for publication, with more planned for the future. This course is the highlight of my week despite a busy work schedule.

Catherine W., Haddon Township, NJ

I participated in my first 6-week personal essay workshop with Susan over a year ago, and haven’t stopped since! Susan creates a vibe in the group that fosters positive and constructive feedback, and I’ve come away from each session with improvements in my own writing and inspiration from my fellow writers, now friends. I highly recommend for anyone with a story to tell — which is everyone!

Jeanne M., Wayne, PA