We know that in times of distress, our words matter deeply. Words create worlds. Stories shift our experience of living. This offering provides pathways for building a sense of wholeness and capacity for those who seek to write and those who seek to lead through writing and/or narrative. We are each in media res—from the Latin—meaning “in the middle of things.” We are in the middle of our tales, and it is up to us to find the words that honor our experience exactly as it is and bring us to better places—places of strength, of curiosity, of hope, and of a future filled with meaning and significance.

This program includes three courses. Attendees can choose to register for one, two, or all. No previous writing or storytelling/story-crafting experience is necessary.

Who This Is For
Anyone who seeks to write or find the words to enable wisdom during this time. For writers, poets, songwriters, scribblers, journal keepers, and lovers of language—whether you have never taken any form of writing class before or not. All are welcome.

Maria Sirois, Program Instructor

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success.   More about Maria

Dates: March 8—April 2, 2021

Webinars: Tuesdays, 12:30 am–1:30 pm ET
Tuition for this course: $149.00

Dates: May 3—28, 2021

Webinars: Tuesdays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm ET
Tuition for this course: $149.00

Dates: July 5—23, 2021
Webinars: Tuesdays, 12:00 am–1:30 pm ET
Tuition for this course: $149.00

Schedule and Time Commitment

Each live session runs weekly for one hour, ET time zone.

Each session will offer prework and homework assignments supporting the weekly themes. This work is not mandatory, but suggested. In addition, each week, as part of the live lessons, we will share quotes, phrases, writing prompts, and reading recommendations to deepen our work and inspire us to put pen to paper. We expect that the weekly time commitment, should you choose to do all the pre-work/homework and attend the lesson or listen to the recording, will be two to three hours.  


Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art, user-friendly Zoom technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during live events through your computer or mobile device. Presentation materials and any necessary pre-work or homework will be emailed in advance. Live sessions with Maria are held weekly.
Recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.

Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Maria is a longstanding faculty member at Wholebeing Institute and offers a number of courses, including the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology. She is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat. www.mariasirois.com