Please join the waiting list below to be notified when a spot opens. A brief interview is required prior to registration.



Like meditation, writing is a practice, and when we stay out of the result and surrender to the process, magic happens. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes we get distracted and the thing that is most important takes a backseat to the things that feel most urgent.

Women on the Verge of a Breakthrough is a weekly 2-hour gathering of eight dedicated women (and for all who identify as she/her) who come together to write and share their work in a creative and supportive environment that deepens over time. Women on the Verge is a commitment to your writing. It is your place to connect, to grow, to take risks, and to soar.

Writers meet once a week live on zoom for stream-of-consciousness writing exercises, sharing of your works-in-progress and one-on-one feedback with your instructor/facilitator, Mary-Beth Manning.


Each morning you will receive a daily writing prompt in your inbox. You are free to write on the prompt and share it with your fellow writers in the private group forum.


Each workshop ends with the setting of personal and creative goals for the week, so that each writer can stay on task and hold herself accountable to her goals.

"Mary-Beth has an intuitive ability to grasp the strength and profoundness of each story and to gently guide you towards finding your own way to express it."

Adriana Gradziel

CLASS SIZE: This workshop is limited to eight women (and for all who identify as she/her).

WHEN: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)


COST: $750/12 weeks

Please note: This workshop takes place over eight sessions with the occasional missed week to accommodate the instructor's job as a working actor. All workshops are recorded and viewable to attendees for up to three weeks. There are no refunds for this workshop, nor transferring registration to other classes. We do not prorate for missed classes.

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Please join the waiting list to be notified when a spot opens.

"There is something about the group process and Mary-Beth's mentorship that my inner muse keeps showing up for. That is testament to her non-judgmental care, guidance and gentle probing, eliciting emotional and creative breakthroughs for all of us! Mary-Beth, you are a gem, helping us polish our own gems! And they’re sparkling!"

Grace Moore

"I highly recommend Mary-Beth Manning. I will be forever grateful for her role in helping my work lift off."

Shaeri Richards

"Mary-Beth is a deep listener. Her support is very powerful and specific to your needs. Her enthusiastic and insightful observations keep you on the path as she guides you to find the real story within."

Bebe McGarry

your teacher/facilitator Mary-Beth Manning


Mary-Beth Manning has been a professional actor for over thirty years. Her one-woman-show, Mother, was nominated for Best Solo Performance by LA Weekly, and an official entrant into the New York International Fringe Festival. Mother has run Off-Broadway and at various theaters on both east and west coasts. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and Theatre Arts from the College of the Holy Cross. She is also a dramaturge for theater productions as well as solo shows.