There’s something that happens in a class lead by an invigorating teacher who loves words and how they work:

Things fit together and make sense; things you thought you’d never master all of a sudden fall into place; and learning how to write can actually be pleasant or even — gasp! — fun.

Janet Falon’s classes are like that. Whether teaching effective email classes at the University of Pennsylvania or various hospitals and corporations; journaling skills to people dealing with cancer, either their own or that of a loved one; children of Holocaust survivors who are writing the stories their parents didn’t tell; or memoir writing with older adults in an independent-living facility, Janet helps people express themselves, and to do that comfortably and well.

And this all works better when the teacher has created a learning environment in which you’re not afraid to admit what skills you don’t have; where you’re taken seriously, whatever your quality of writing; where you know it’s safe to ask that question about writing that’s been puzzling you since fourth grade.

Upcoming Classes

Ongoing Writers Group

When: every other Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Janet’s home in Elkins Park

You sign up for five sessions. Participants send their writing to each other before the class meeting, and we discuss in person our reactions to each other’s work. No experience or expertise is necessary. With enough interested people, we can create a new writing group, the time, location, and focus to be determined.

Words at Work
(business-writing program)

When: Contact Janet for Information

This session is only open to University of Pennsylvania employees, but it can be taught at other organizations, companies, hospitals, etc.

Writing for Wellness
(formerly The Wellness Community)

When: Monthly
  • Ridgeland (Fairmount Park), 4100 Chamounix Dr., First Monday of the Month 10-11:30
  • Abington Hospital, Abington Garden Training Room, Ground Floor, Widener Building — Second Monday of the Month, 12:30-2
  • Warminster, at Gilda’s Club, 200 Kirk Rd., Last Wednesday of the Month, 10-11:30

For people who have cancer and the people in their lives, at three locations of the Cancer Support Group of Philadelphia. No charge.

Memoir Writing

When: At your request
Where: To be determined

Once a month, members of this wonderful group of senior adults get together to write about their life, sometimes tied to a theme such as reminiscing about the first day of school, or how they met their spouse. Although participation is only for residents, similar courses can be held at other venues catering to senior adults.

Classes Taught

  1. Journal Writing Workshop
  2. Jewish Journaling
  3. Journaling for Women with Breast Cancer
  4. Journaling for Bariatric Patients
  5. The Personal Essay
  6. Writing Jumpstarts
  7. Fun With Words
  8. Creative Writing: The Art and the Process
  9. Non-fiction Overview
  10. Writing Your Life Story
  11. Remembrance of Meals Past: Writing Your Memoir Through Food
  12. Personal Writing: Journals, Letters, Essays
  13. It’s a Shore Thing: Writing at the Beach
  14. Writing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Various themes, connected to current exhibit or event (including One Book, One City)

For Businesses

  1. Words at Work
  2. Writing Effective Email
  3. Writing Minutes
  4. Writing “cold” letters in response to leads

For Educators

  1. Journal Writing Workshop
  2. Creative Writing: The Art and the Process
  3. Nature Writing

For Kids

  1. Writing the College Application essay
  2. Writing and Photography

What Clients Say

“I recently took a UCLA online class. The teacher was terrible. Plus, no one can compare to you!”

Wendy Coblentz, student in online course at The University of Pennsylvania

“I wanted to let you know that I am presenting some of my writings to the oncology nurses as a holiday present. I am proud of my work thanks to you.”

Susan Wexler, Student at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia

“Thank you for your words of wisdom for writing minutes. I’m hoping we have an advanced writing class with you in the future. You are great and I learned much and got rid of some cobwebs on the brain.”

Debbie Bernard, Student at The University of Pennsylvania