with Debbie Augenthaler

Author and Psychotherapist

and Laura Lentz

Author & Writing Workshop Leader


Live Online Group

5 week workshop – Coming this Fall 2020

Only eight spots available

Grief is a universal experience…

but nobody is given a compass to help navigate. Writing our Grief Stories is a healing, heart opening exploration that guides us into a shared place of surprise and discovery. Reading our stories to each other in a safe, nurturing group creates a Sacred Circle. By writing our Grief Stories and sharing them, we are no longer alone.


When the person you love is gone, you truly begin a Hero’s Journey. You didn’t ask for your world to change, but you had no choice. You had to learn how to navigate it.

I know all about this journey. My husband Jim died unexpectedly in my arms when I was thirty-six years old. At first I didn’t think I would survive – but loving him, losing him and grieving him expanded my heart and my life in so many ways.   I have always wanted to write this story and share the experience.

I wanted to help more people than I could in my therapy practice, so I joined a writing workshop and began to tell my story with the goal of one day writing a book. I learned to harness the power of grief and my unique experience into a series of compelling, relatable stories that two years later became my book You are Not Alone, A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope. 

“….and I placed my grief in the mouth of language, the only thing that would grieve with me.”

  — poet Lisell Mueller | When I am Asked

“I learned from this class all the ways we can bear grief and share comfort with each other. I don’t have to cope alone.” 

“Debbie and Laura are the perfect guides.

One is Dumbledore, and the other is Obi-Wan Kenobi!”

“Debbie and Laura are the perfect guides. I feel this experience was healing and now I know I am not alone. I feel seen and heard.

I now feel hopeful, like I’m living in a positive world.”

“What a wonderful class! Thank you Debbie and Laura for creating a safe space where we can share our journeys.”

“The stories I heard from the writers in this class helped me breathe.”

“Grief Stories was a validating experience for me and I know many of us will stay in touch for years to come.”

“Grief Stories has been fabulous, and as a writer it helped me expand my story.”

“This class has been so healing. Since working with Laura and Debbie I feel creatively plugged in again. Finally!”

Writing not only continued my healing process, but has helped the many who have read my book, and who are reaching out to me wanting to share their stories of grief.


Now I invite you to join me and the woman who helped me write my story – writing workshop teacher Laura Lentz – in an intimate group of writers online to write your grief story.

“Learning to harness the power of grief
can turn the details of our grief experience
into compelling stories.”

  — Debbie Augenthaler

Incorporating grief into story is healing for the writer and the reader, because it’s a shared universal experience of loss and redemption.

By writing your Grief Story you will discover:

Writing your story in a supportive environment with other writers is a bonding experience.

Listening to other writers read their Grief Stories is healing.

You will have many discoveries as you write your story.

Writing will bring the power of your unique experience forward.

Writing to stages of the Hero’s Journey is creatively heart opening.

In this workshop, you will receive:

  Guided, carefully chosen Literary Inspiration before writing

Access to a private Facebook group where you share & receive positive feedback throughout the course

Guided calming exercises lead by Debbie

Exploration of your grief experience through the Hero’s Journey

Total of ten classes – each week one is held online, with a second to do on your own

If you are familiar with Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, you know that every compelling story is a Hero’s Journey. How we cope, survive and transcend the pain brings gifts to our lives and our writing we might otherwise never discover.

You don’t have to be an experienced writer to receive the benefits of this healing workshop.

“I believe we are all connected.
No one should feel alone in their grief, their sorrow,
their hope, their healing, their transformation.”

  — Debbie Augenthaler

Write Your Grief Story

Live Online Group of 8



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5 weeks | 3hrs/week | $390.


Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC

Cover image of award winning book "You Are Not Alone" by Debbie AugenthalerDebbie is an author and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City specializing in trauma, grief and loss. Debbie’s award-winning book, You Are Not Alone is the book she wishes she’d had when she was grieving her husband. The book combines her personal story of devastating loss with practical insights and simple suggestions for healing. Debbie is now able to offer You Are Not Alone to her clients and everyone experiencing life-altering losses. With the connection of a shared experience, Debbie guides the reader through grief to transformation and a new beginning.

Debbie has the unique gifts of being able to hold space for each of us to experience grief in our own way and time, because grief is not linear. Her experience as an author, therapist and a woman who has transformed her own grief make Debbie an ideal workshop leader to guide you through the layers of grief – and to offer you the freedom to discover your own spiritual awakening and connection with forever love.

Debbie has an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She completed a two-year post-graduate Advanced Trauma Studies program from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. In 2012 she received the NYU Steinhardt Award for Outstanding Clinical Service.

Laura Lentz is a master writing teacher, author and developmental editor. She has taught themed creative writing workshops for over a decade to artists all over the world in intimate online groups and on Kauai’s north shore.

Her workbook Story-Quest, Make your story a Hero’s Journey will be released in the Fall of 2019.

Laura helps writers expand their body of work by offering challenging and thought-provoking exercises inspired by poetry, science, music and excerpts from literature. Intimate groups of experienced writers from all over the world gather in small online groups for live, engaging workshops that are announced privately through her mailing list at literati.academy

Be notified when "You Are Not Alone" is released.

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