Make 2022 The Year You TELL YOUR STORY!

Show and Tell: Writing Nonfiction Stories of Healing and Transformation

In this course, you’ll learn how to share your true story of personal growth, transformation, or healing with the world. This course is for healers, therapists, educators, nonfiction writers, and anyone who wants to engage and enrich readers with your transformative or healing journey.

6 weeks | Starting May 18, 2022 | $480

Classes via Zoom: Wednesdays 11am-12:30pm CT


Great narrative writing relies on the same storytelling principles as short stories and novels—and on telling the reader exactly what you think. In this course, you’ll learn how to share your transformative story in ways that are lean, resonant, and captivating for your readers. Crucially, you’ll learn how to properly balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes that your readers can apply in their own lives.

Along the way, we will discuss the following:

  • Book, chapter, and story structures that stick with the reader.
  • How to balance showing and telling in narrative writing.
  • The effective combination of story, reflection, and reporting.
  • How to ground readers in the moment, writing “from the feet up.”
  • The relationship between past and present tense in nonfiction writing.
  • Making your story both lean and VAST.

By the end of this course, you will have everything you need to tell powerful true stories of healing and transformation.


Why Me?

I am an author, journalist, teacher, and memoir-writing coach. I have 30-plus years' experience writing and editing books and stories at the highest levels of publishing.

I also know about trauma. I understand depression, addiction, and the shame that come with them. I’ve experienced painful emotional flashbacks.  I have suffered from attachment wounds, addiction, shame, and self-defeating thinking patterns.  These are the very demons that stopped me in my tracks mid-career and led to a five-year stint as an overmedicated, homebound zombie. 

I've also been on a decade-long journey of healing. I've worked to overcome some of these issues, and I've learned to accept my limitations, too. 

I am a writer whose work has appeared in the nation's top publications.  I'm an experienced professional editor and a seasoned memoir writing instructor. I'm also a trained and certified yoga and mindfulness teacher. I have professional teaching certifications in both yoga and meditation. 

I'm uniquely qualified to teach writing courses that help people write about their journeys of healing and personal transformation. (I am not a mental health professional.)

You’ve been on one hell of a journey. Make 2022 the year that you TELL YOUR STORY. Inhale, exhale. And start writing. I’ll show you how.


"I recently participated in a Zoom session offered by writing coach Brad Wetzler.  The topic, Memoir Writing, was packed with more useful information than any introductory course I have ever attended. Brad is generous with his insight and wisdom; his authenticity and humor shine through. I learned how to tell a more compelling story, and to set “audience” aside for long enough to find and celebrate my voice. Brad is empowering others by sharing decades of writing experience and offering guidance in such an accessible platform. With thanks and respect."

Elizabeth Penziner