"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."  -- Helen Keller


Shelley also facilitates Rose Street Writers drop-in Meetup group in Berkeley, CA, emphasizing goal setting for writers, every second Sunday of the month.

Go here to check it out and join Rose Street Writers. Drop ins welcome.


The Write Workshops are not critique groups. While literary feedback is provided and shared confidentially among group members, the focus of our workshops is to provide every participant the opportunity to discover their individual writing voice and to explore a full range of potential themes and characters. Meetings include prompts and pertinent craft exercises in a creative, relaxed and supportive environment. Maximum 6 to 8 writers for a 2-hour group.

Writing at the Museum

The Write Workshops next day-long event, WRITING AT THE MUSEUM, will be held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2155 Center Street in Berkeley on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

The museum is a short 5-minute walk from the downtown Berkeley Bart Station.

Plan to gather at Babette Cafe (inside, no ticket required) at 10:00am. At the end of the day we should be out the door by 4:15 pm.



Meet at Babette Cafe (inside the museum) to begin writing.


Writers Respond to Art Exhibit #1 led by Shelley


Writers Respond to Art Exhibit #2 led by Shelley


Lunch at Babette Cafe


Writers Respond to Art Exhibit #3 led by Shelley


Viewing of the film, The White Sheik, a romantic comedy by Federico Fellini (Italy, 1952). The film is accompanied by a docent lecture.


Writers final response for the day led by Shelley

Maximum: 12 people

$125 includes entrance to the museum, coffee hour and lunch at Babette Cafe, Shelley’s writing prompts for responding to art, and a docent led tour about the Fellini film.

Reserve Your Spot Today
A $35 non-refundable deposit paid in advance by cash, check, or Venmo @Shelley-Wagner-1 will hold your space. Email Shelley at [email protected] or [email protected].


5-Week Fall Series

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3-5pm

Where: Sahara Moroccan Home Decor, 3953 Piedmont Avenue, back room

Cost of the series: $125

Last day to register: Contact Shelley by Oct. 12, 2019 to save your space.

All levels of writing experience, and all language backgrounds are welcome!

To save your space: $25 deposit, payable in advance by Oct. 12, 2019 by Venmo or check.

In our workshop series, you will discover your unique voice, themes, and characters.

You’ll do timed writing sessions, have the opportunity to share your work — only if you want –, and enjoy the camaraderie of a community of writers.

Sign Up!

To sign up, send in your $25 deposit.

How to send in your deposit:

Use one of these options:

  • Check: Make payable to Shelley Wagner and mail to 4466 View Place Apt. 301, Oakland, CA 94611
  • Venmo: Search for "Shelley Wagner" and use [email protected]

"Shelley provides wonderful prompts, feedback and keeps things moving. I’m always amazed at the writing I accomplish at her workshops, helping me discover new insights for my current novel in progress." Cheryl Harawitz, writing as CM Lee

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Writing on the Train!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 “Writing on the Train!”

This was our first day-long facilitated writing retreat aboard Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor from Emeryville to Old Sacramento.

All workshop participants, writers, and friends of writers were invited to attend.

$125.00 included the round-trip train ticket, prompted writing exercises, and lunch at Delta King’s Pilot House Restaurant.

A $35.00 non-refundable deposit was required to hold your space.