Curious about trauma-informed writing?

You want to understand this movement — to see if this is the future of your life, your work, and your words. But you can't find a reliable source who can offer guidance for you as a writer.

We're bringing you answers.

Join us for...

Beyond Awareness: 

The Trauma-Informed Approach to Writing

This interactive workshop clarifies the trauma-informed approach to writing, why it’s important, and how you can begin using a trauma-informed lens as a writer. 

This workshop is available on-demand.

Sign up and start learning!

Should you write about your pain?

The short answer is yes. 

But trauma-informed writing means asking deeper questions that take into consideration the reader, your story, and YOU. This workshop will help you understand trauma, re-traumatization, triggers, and whether or not your story is ready to go public.

It's helped me understand myself better and relate to others better

Trauma-informed understanding has helped me transition from a paradigm of “What’s wrong with me?" to “What happened to me?” It's helped me understand myself better and relate to others better, further affirming my identity and purpose on this journey of life.
Alok G., Trauma-informed advocate

By the end of this workshop, you will...

Have an objective understanding of…

trauma, its prevalence, and its effects on the perception and response
of readers and YOU, the writer. 

Learn trauma-informed language and principles….

you can begin using and implementing right away.

Discover the steps that move you from…

trauma awareness to trauma sensitivity to trauma-informed.

Receive tools and worksheets…

to help you establish disciplines so you can write, read, and live trauma-informed.

You'll lean into your story to write genuine and life-changing work

that offers readers a glimpse of the human condition through YOUR eyes. Your story of trauma will become a story of transformation, offering hope, insight, and compassion to readers who are hurting and healing.

Note: your name and email will be collected at signup and available to both Ann as host and to Michelle as trainer for communication purposes.

Who is this for?

We’re going to say it — this workshop is for ALL writers, especially...

  • Writers who have experienced trauma
  • Writers who are contemplating writing about trauma
  • Writers who have had a trauma-free life but are curious about trauma-informed writing
  • Writers who want to be inclusive to all readers
  • Writers who want to avoid triggering readers or themselves
  • Writers who want to make a positive impact with their writing

What to Expect

Once you enroll

Once enrolled, download the reflection worksheet to get you thinking before the workshop. If the workshop raises a question, submit your question to Michelle, our workshop trainer, via email (provided in the materials). Michelle will answer you directly.

Watch the workshop training

Set aside time to watch the training, which is about 90 minutes (Q&A is another 25 minutes). Come curious and open, ready to learn and take notes. You can stop the video and come back later if you don't have time to watch it all at once. All questions that are not answered in the content itself will be answered by Michelle through email.

After the workshop

You'll have another worksheet to use for your growth, which is provided in the materials. You can review the recording as needed so you can continue to absorb this timely content at your own pace. You'll be encouraged to take just one step in two vital areas of your writing life. With your new trauma-informed lens, you’ll be ready to create writing that cares for your reader, your story, and YOU. 

I think all writers should take this

I think all writers should take this...We all need the sensitivity training. And for those of us who do write in this space, it's helpful to consider it all more dispassionately so that we may truly be of help/service to others.
Workshop attendee

Your workshop leader

Michelle Stiffler

Michelle Stiffler is a Certified Trauma Specialist, Arizona’s ACEs Consortium trainer, and co-host of Arizona’s Trauma-Informed Faith Coalition podcast. Her trauma understanding was shaped by eight years of nonprofit work, during which time she helped create the trauma-informed language for Arizona’s first trauma-informed, faith-based organization.

Her work has been published with Fathom, (in)courage, Guideposts, and others, as well as the Women’s Devotional Bible in The Message (2024). Michelle is a married mother of four (plus two sons-in-law), a proud Mimi, and a Barre instructor. She writes about adversity, responsive faith, and whole person formation at

Michelle Stiffler, certified trauma specialist

A message from Michelle...

Your workshop host

Ann Kroeker

Writing Coach Ann Kroeker leverages over 25 years of writing and editing experience in the publishing industry to equip her clients to reach their writing goals. She loves bringing quality training to writers to speak to specific issues and challenges.

As a writing coach, she celebrates client successes, such as acceptance into prestigious MFA programs, signed agent and book contracts, articles and essays placed in national publications, and the launch of their own freelance writing businesses. What she's proudest of is her clients' growth, impact, and healing.

Ann coauthored On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, and authored Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families and The Contemplative Mom.

Ann Kroeker, writing coach

Note: We are awarding a limited number of scholarships, so if price is keeping you from being part of this workshop, please fill out this simple, two-question form to apply. Your information will be kept confidential.

She presents with clarity, keeping the content simple yet impactful

Michelle's presentations are well thought out with a cadence and structure that's easy to follow. She presents with clarity, keeping the content simple yet impactful. Participants know how to take their next steps with confidence!
Theresa B., Program Coordinator

What's inside?



30-Day Guarantee

100% Money Back Guarantee

We're working hard to deliver a quality workshop and sincerely hope you benefit from it. If for some reason this truly does not deliver the value you expect, however, you may request a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Frequently asked questions

I’m new to the idea of trauma-informed writing. Is this workshop for me? 

Yes! This workshop is perfect for you. Definitions and trauma-informed background will be given in this training.

Is this course live or a replay?

We recorded the training live and made it available on-demand as a replay afterwards. You'll have access to the materials for as long as it lives online to watch and rewatch it as often as you like.

What are the trainer's credentials?

Michelle is a certified trauma specialist through the Arizona Trauma Institute and a certified trainer for the Arizona ACEs Consortium. She is not a therapist, but she's an expert with credentials and experience.

If I wasn't at the live event, how can I ask a question that the trainer will answer?

The workshop is available on-demand. Any questions you may have that are not answered during the workshop can be submitted after the live training. 

Will I be able to use this for continuing education credit?

No. It's designed to be educational and empowering, but it is not designed as continuing education credit.

What if I don't like it?

We've worked hard to deliver a quality workshop at a low cost and offered a number of scholarships because we want to make this as widely available as possible to help writers learn and grow. We sincerely hope you benefit from it. Not every course ends up being what we hope for or expect, though. If you don't like it, feel free to let us know. If for some reason, this truly did not deliver the value you expected, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.

I want to work with Ann. Is Ann the trainer or teacher for this?

No, I'm not the trainer or teacher for this workshop (but I'm thrilled you want to work with me!). I love to bring in experts to teach on topics I'm not experienced or qualified to teach, and Michelle is amazing. You can watch us on YouTube HERE and listen to our podcast interaction on the "Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach" podcast.

As for working with me, you can explore all the ways to work with me, both free and paid, on my Everything page. This free course is listed on that page along with one-on-one coaching options, my courses—including my book proposal program (Your Compelling Book Proposal, YCBP), and my platform membership, Your Platform Matters (YPM). You can also listen to my podcast, "Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach."

How long will I have access to this workshop?

You'll have access to the workshop indefinitely—for as long as it lives online!

She teaches and imparts information while providing a space of safety and trustworthiness for her audience. 

Michelle's trauma-informed care trainings are filled with applicable and useful information that I have been able to take back and share with my team. The knowledge that she has is inspiring and has made me think how trauma-informed principles should be practiced. She teaches and imparts information while providing a space of safety and trustworthiness for her audience. I would go to her trainings time and time again!
Lauren B., Volunteer & Outreach Manager

Note: We are awarding a limited number of scholarships, so if price is keeping you from being part of this workshop, please fill out this simple, two-question form to apply. Your information will be kept confidential.

I gained the assurance that I am in a good place to write and share my story!

The session was SO informative, helpful, and applicable. Michelle and Ann are a good team - knowledgeable, clear, insightful, and gracious. I gained the assurance that I am in a good place to write and share my story!
Karen, Beyond Awareness attendee

Questions? Let us know!

You have questions about the workshop before diving in? Let us answer them! This goes straight to Ann's inbox and will be shared with Michelle, the trainer for Beyond Awareness: The Trauma-Informed Approach to Writing.

If you have questions for Michelle about trauma-informed writing, please save those for the workshop itself (or you can contact her after the live event).

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