The Wild Writing Teacher Training is a 5-month-long online class for men and women who want to learn how to lead this life-changing writing process that invites people to show up on the page in a deeply powerful and authentic way. The teacher training will take trainees into the depth of their own writing, guide them into leadership, and show them how to create, market, and run their own Wild Writing workshops.

Video background: Dragonfly Painting, by Mark Wagner

Our work together will be deep, rich, edgy, illuminating, intimate and real.

Starting on February 6, 2024, we will dive head first into the rich world of what it means to…

Show up as your most authentic, unbuttoned, naked self on the page so that you can model that for others.

Tell the truth in ways that you’ve never even told yourself.

Become an inspired leader who can hold a sacred, safe space for others to courageously come out from behind their façade, using words and telling stories that they’ve held deep within them and longed to share.

Create your own Wild Writing group, whether that means bringing this tool to the groups you already work with as a therapist, coach or yoga teacher, or starting from scratch, building a collection of classes that in time will add to your income.

Crack people open in ways traditional methods can’t always get to. Sometimes I describe these classes as healing workshops disguised as writing workshops, though brilliant writing comes from them too.

Over the course of our 5 months together…

I will share with you everything I have learned about Wild Writing over the last 20 years of teaching; how I take risks, and how I have learned how to write and lead from the current of my own sharp edge.

You will deepen

your own writing and become even more comfortable being uncomfortable–one of the main tenets of Wild Writing!

You will learn

to comfortably sit with the emotions and messy lives of others, holding them with compassionate boundaries so that they can safely share their work without the circle turning into a therapy session.

You will be invited

to become a radical change-maker in your own community, effecting the lives of those around you who will then go on to inspire others.

This work is about healing the world through authentic writing.

This work is about becoming

a leader who shows up in brave and authentic ways.

This work is about helping

people make peace with what is true in their lives and to find the voice to speak it.

This work is about changing

the waters of your community, one word at a time.

This work is about helping

people tap into their authentic selves and to then take that authenticity and make it real in their lives.

This group is for you if…

… you recognize that the times we live in call for revolutionary work, and you’re looking for a way to show up in your community as an impactful leader and change-maker.

…you already work with people and you’re craving a new tool that will help your clients unpack the gold inside of them in an even deeper, more profound way.

…you’re looking to build a business as a writing teacher and add to your income, eventually, perhaps, over time, making Wild Writing a part of your income.

…you yearn to go even deeper with your own writing, taking risks and becoming an even juicier writer than you already are.

…you want to become a more in-demand leader in your field as a yoga teacher, therapist, coach or workshop leader because you’ll be adding a tool that no one else is using and which will add significant value to your offering.

…you’re hungry for a supportive, creative community where you can do the deep, evocative work one can only do on the page.

…you’re the kind of person whose life is made richer by being in the presence of people who are telling the truth and who inspire you to do the same.

Our 2024 class is FULL.
Please complete the application below to apply for the 2025 training.

After you submit your application, Laurie will review and be in touch to schedule an intake call. Once your application is accepted, and your payment received, your registration will be confirmed and you will receive a welcome email with introductory course information.

The Wild Writing Teacher Training is a group for people who want to contribute to their community in one of the richest and most healing ways I know; leading people into the depths of who they are, and inviting them to show up as authentically and powerfully as they can.

Wild Writing Teacher Training Details

The Wild Writing Teacher Training is an intimate 5-month training. Enrollment is limited.

As a member of our group, you will receive…

A weekly video

Several days before our live (zoom) video class, I’ll send you a short video that covers what we’ll be focusing on that week. You’ll watch the video before our live class so we can engage as a community and talk about what we’re learning.

Weekly live, 2.5-hour video classes

Each week we’ll get on a group Zoom call for 2.5 hours. We’ll discuss the video I sent the week before, and then we’ll dive in and write for the rest of the session so that we can ground what we’re learning and make it real. Our group will be made up of 15 people and I will always be available and present in each class.

An invitation to our private online community

Our private community will be a place for us to share writing prompts, our experiences with our writing, and to share ideas and get feedback on what it’s like to run our own writing group inside and outside of class.

A chance to lead our class as well as support to start your own classes

After we’ve been together for a few months and I’ve led the writing sessions, each trainee will have an opportunity to run the writing portion of our class and get feedback and support on their experience.

In the last few months of the training, trainees will be expected to create their own 3-4-week Wild Writing class out in the big wild world. We’ll support you every step of the way, everything from marketing your class, to organizing and setting up your groups, sharing writing prompts and giving you a community who has your back and who you can share your experience with and get feedback from as you go.

Small group coaching and support from me

Over the course of our 5-months I am available to you for private coaching and conversation as you need me. Because I will have my eye on you throughout the training, I’ll be in a perfect position to focus my coaching on details that are specific to you. We will cover everything from how you can step into your leadership role in a more profound and powerful way, how you can deepen your writing so you can lead by example, as well as the details of how you’ll market and set up your own practice in your particular community. This is a $750 value.

Materials to help you run your class

I will share with trainees the writing prompts that catalyze great writing, the best of my 2000+ poetry collection, and all the hard earned lessons from over 25 years on the front lines of this transformational work.

Support in how to market your own group

Whether you’ll be bringing the tools of Wild Writing to your already existing community as a therapist, coach or yoga teacher and using the tools to deepen and help people unpack the rich landscape inside of them, or starting a group from the ground up, I will share with you how I began my own groups; gathering people, creating community and creating momentum in my business. Some of you might not want to create a Wild Writing group, which is fine. The training will take you even deeper into your own work as a writer.

A Wild Writing Certification

Each student will receive a certification of completion once they’ve finished the program.

In short, you will have access to everything that I know about running Wild Writing classes and a chance to start your own business, if that is your wish.

Training Schedule:

2024 class is FULL!

Live 2-Day Retreat in Alameda CA [Jan 27-28, 2024]

Dates / Days ::
January 27-28, 2024 (Saturday / Sunday) 

Times ::
Saturday (9:30am – 4:30pm)
Sunday (9am – 3:30pm)

Video Class Schedule

February 6 – July 2, 2024

Tuesdays, 10AM – 12:30PM Pacific (will include short break)


Early Bird Special: Sign up by January 15, 2024 and receive a $400 discount. $5,000 USD

Sign up after January 15th – $5,400 USD

Payment plan available over 5 months.

I have a no-refund policy. Because I’ll only be taking on a limited number of people to work with me, every seat is important. So make sure this is a fit for you before you sign up. Let the power of your commitment pull you forward, and get on the phone with me if you have questions.

PLEASE NOTE: After you submit your application, I will review and get in touch to arrange a call. Once your application has been accepted we will send payment links for the program cost (your choice of a single payment or a 5-month payment plan). Once your first payment is received your registration will be confirmed and you will receive a welcome email with introductory course information. Early Bird payment options are good until January 15.

“I found Laurie Wagner and her Wild Writing practice during a difficult period in my life. I had lost one of my four beautiful sons to cancer a year earlier and was seeking a way to write about his beauty. I found that through Wild Writing. What I also found, and wasn’t expecting to find, was a ballast through the storm of grief that let me know week by week that I was somehow going to be okay. Witnessing myself tell the truth of my love for him, the bitter struggle, and the building of a new life after we lost him, gave me strength and stability that was surprising and healing at the same time.

Because I found the Wild Writing process to be so beneficial to myself, I enrolled in Laurie’s Wild Writing Teacher Training in order to share it with my coaching clients. I was awestruck by her generosity, bravery, diligence, and care. Laurie is the real deal and showed us exactly how to teach her powerful writing practice and to build a thriving business around it. Her teacher training provides a clear and solid path for anyone seeking to do this work in the world. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to learn how to practice and teach this powerful writing method from Laurie.”

~ Jen Ripa

“Laurie embodies the leadership she teaches, and is a formidable champion for her students’ success. And then there’s the training. Like the practice of Wild Writing, Wild Writing Teacher Training is deep, life-changing work and an experience that, for me, was all elegance and ease.

I’m so thankful I read about Laurie’s Wild Writing Teacher Training that day! And that I acted on the full-body buzz I got in response. This is powerful stuff. First, there’s Laurie. She’s wise, loving, magnetic, and unapologetically herself. You’ll love her if you don’t already!  It’s magical, really. The training integrated content, practice, and support seamlessly. I got exactly what I wanted out of it, and more: confidence, courage, leadership skills, the focus to persevere, a website, and the start of my own teaching practice that feels like home. And the bonus: I ended up with a group of amazing women who are my colleagues, writing partners and, quite possibly, life-long friends.”

~ Joyce Belcher

“I am so glad that I followed bread crumbs to the feast that the Wild Writing Teacher Training program turned out to be.

I successfully taught my very first writing retreat just six weeks after completing the training and I do not think that I could have brought that dream to reality without the support of Laurie and my Wild Writing Teacher Training classmates. I felt a calling to step into teaching writing, but I truly needed a supportive, safe, and structured program to help me manifest such a calling in the real world. After taking this class your life will never be the same, and that’s a good thing.”

~ Madison Gray
Writer, Writing Teacher

“It wasn’t until I took Laurie’s Wild Writing Teacher Training that my words started to reflect something more personal, more intimate. It was liberating.

Laurie brought a disparate group of women together, helped us bond over our words, histories, and desire to use the Wild Writing process in our lives and work. Our writing practice was deepened and our hearts and minds were opened. And miraculously, we all became teachers! Laurie is an inspirational teacher. You’ll meet great women. Your world will expand. You will fall in love with words. And your heart will burst open.”

~ Ellen Fondiler

“As I thought about the things I wanted, it became clear that a chance to work with Laurie on an intimate level was a golden opportunity.

I knew I would have access to her curriculum, to the thinking behind it, to her leadership strategies and most important, to this woman who cared about what others had to say and inspired them to harness their creative energy. I wasn’t disappointed.

Laurie gives so much of herself when she teaches. She models what she asks her students to do and is honest and open about her own writing process. She seeks out constructive criticism and helps her students grow into their best writing selves. Laurie encourages community, and for me, that has been a real bonus. I’ve met an incredible group of women through my training. We continue to Wild Write together when we can, sharing our stories and supporting each other as we step outside our group to grow our own Wild Writing opportunities.”

~ Janis Brams

“Do it. Take Wild Writing Teacher Training.

Laurie brings all of herself to this training-gentleness, honesty, encouragement and huge generosity in sharing what she’s learned over the years. The teacher training has allowed me to deepen my writing practice and has helped me share this transformative way of writing with others as I develop my own business teaching in-person and online.

You will also be so grateful for the other amazing students the class will connect you with, a Wild Writing tribe that will support you along the way.”

~ Chris Chandler
Writer, Wild Writing Teacher

“Laurie told us from the start that her training is not really about teaching writing, it’s about leadership.

She taught us, by example, how to bring our whole selves to the table every time we teach, just as we do every time we write. She taught us that leadership is not about some idealized notion of what a teacher is, but about showing up as our whole self every time, with enough confidence in ourselves and the process that we can model a free and committed writing process while still keeping our focus on the students.

I’m now carving out my own niche as a teacher, and I will be ever grateful to Laurie for giving me the tools, confidence, and courage to embark on this path.”

~ Tanya Shaffer
Actress, Writer, Writing Teacher

“This training has been a game changer for me. I knew I wanted writing to be a significant part of my life and learning to create and hold the space for Wild Writing has been the perfect answer to a deep longing.

Laurie is one of the most generous teachers I have ever worked with and I can still feel her determination to teach us all that she knows and to have us feel confident and bring it out. Some (many) teachers give off the vibe of ‘you have such a long way to go,’ but Laurie is the opposite. Her excitement in transmitting her wisdom and having you do the work and thrive doing it is palpable. I can’t recommend this training enough!”

~ Laia Pedreño Mateu
Writer, Therapist