Workshops on writing & journaling

My unshakable belief in the value of personal writing – the kind we do just for ourselves to stay calm, clear and centered amid the chaos of modern life – inspires me to give regular talks and workshops for those who’d like to try it out.

Here are just some of the presentations and workshops I can bring to your business, social or community group: 

•    The surprising health benefits of journaling
•    How to write your way through life’s toughest times
•    Courage on the page: calming your inner critic
•    Embracing the imperfectly wonderful side of parenting
•    Starting over: why it’s never too late to edit your life story
•    Writing for creativity and leadership

What hosts and participants say ... 

“Betsey's ability to instantly connect with an audience at a personal level is incredible. She is both powerful and vulnerable, confident and humble, light and deep. She is instantly trustworthy - a quality that morphs her presentation from a lecture to a conversation. Betsey had my audience laughing out loud and musing inward.”

Emily Farr, Founder of Myra, Chicago’s all-female speakers’ bureau

"Betsey O’Brien has a gift.  She can tell a story that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. I was feeling disorganized and stressed, missing any sense of work-life balance. In her journaling workshop I learned solid tips to free my mind from clutter and put pen to hand and then to paper. I highly recommend her course. It will change your life."

Freyja Conrad, Parnter, DigRightIn Landscaping, La Grange, Illinois

“Betsey's positive energy can fill a room. She presented a few workshops for my customers and they were all very successful. Betsey does her homework and that's evident in the way she presents her knowledge and experience. She can think on her feet and read a crowd very well. She’s fun to work with yet takes her work seriously and professionally.”

Maria Onesto Moran, Owner, Green Home Experts, Chicago

"Betsey has offered several workshops in the Tribe classroom. She is engaging and friendly, and puts people immediately at ease. She has shared valuable insights into various ways of using writing, such as how to engage others in your professional bio, or as a means of managing stressful periods in your life. If you used to write a journal and stopped, or have never written anything in your life and now need to write a bio but don’t know where to begin, Betsey has helpful suggestions to get your creativity flowing."

Ellen Letten, Co-Founder, Tribe Healing Arts, Chicago

I loved speaking at Pecha Kucha! The PK format -- 20 slides, 20 seconds each -- is a fierce challenge. @Pechakuchanightchicago

Want a custom workshop or talk for your group? Let's talk