Writing Workshops

Creative writing courses with heart

HeartWriting™ workshops transform good writers into exceptional writers through a unique learning experience which blends academic knowledge with spiritual connection.

Based in NSW, and taught in-person and online, HeartWriting offers creative writing courses designed to enrich your life with heartfelt inspiration, while helping you develop your unique writing voice, style, structure, clarity and confidence as a writer.

Each workshop is inspired by literature, nature, and deep human connection, all wrapped up in spiritual nurturing. We use meditation and flow state theory to connect to your heart and enhance the creatively explosive ‘theta brainwave’. But the real gifts are the advanced tools, techniques, and literary theory you’ll learn along the journey.

Ready to write from the heart?


  • Learn the craft of shaping beautiful, publishable short stories from the heart, live and online with Rose. 
  • 8 writing workshops over 8 fortnights that teach you everything you need to become a gifted, heart–centred writer.
  • Starts again Feb 2024, fortnightly on Saturdays: the ultimate creative writing workshop with rave reviews. 


  • Eight live writing and literature workshops on Zoom (recorded)
  • Guided curriculum, resource library and learning portal
  • Learn a blend of poetry, fiction & non-fiction narrative writing
  • Heart science, heart spirituality, & the links to creative brainwave theory
  • Meet and workshop your writing with your dream creative community
  • Creative psychology, philosophy, mindful movement and meditation
  • Bonus digital membership to Kill Your Darlings literary magazine
  • Eligibility to join the “Advanced” book writing course in semester two
  • Face your fears, write your story, and conquer your creative dreams!


This course is perfect for medium-level and experienced writers who are looking to upgrade their skills and connect with their most authentic, heart–driven potential. So much more than ‘just’ an online course, this is a deep group-writing experience, with a curriculum that is university degree quality. Please note this is not a foundational grammar course.


Ready to clear writers’ block for good using The HeartWriting Method? This self-paced writing course is the perfect way to connect with your deepest self and start writing from an open heart. 


  • 10 recorded lessons
  • Lifetime access to the membership portal
  • 50 page work book with readings and exercises
  • 12 homework tasks – fun and comprehensive!
  • A Facebook group to connect with your peers
  • Creative meditation and gentle hatha yoga
  • This course is included FREE with purchase of The HeartWriting Workshop (semester course).


  • Anyone ready to open the heart and clear writers’ block for good – using The HeartWriting Method
  • Those who are keen to learn more about the magic and science of the heart, and the origins of storytelling
  • Writers who are looking to reignite their passion for words – with meaningful theory and prompts

The Advanced Writers' Retreat: BOOK PROJECT (semester TWO)

Plan and write a large project, such as a memoir or novella, with your very own editor, Rose. Starts again August 2024: fortnightly workshop, Saturdays 9am – 11.30am AEST (online), runs semester two only, after the level 1 workshop in semester one. 

If you have completed The Signature HeartWriting Workshop, or you’re an experienced writer, this is the next step for you. Experience a complete support system to skyrocket your dream creative project, while learning the foundations of a degree in creative writing. Over the course, you will be invited to complete a large project, like your book.


Bamboo Buddha, Holgate – pop up masterclasses that transition you nicely into the online signature HeartWriting Workshop.

If you’d like to add yourself to the 2024 waiting list, please fill out the application form.

Each workshop starts with creative meditation and gentle yoga before moving into a writing lecture and writing activities. Hosted in the creatively-inspiring Central Coast, and surrounded by the lushness of nature, you’ll learn to write with clarity and heart.


HeartWriting makes the most perfect gift – if you have a creative loved one who has neglected their passion for writing, or is keen to start a writing practice. Or perhaps you’d like to help someone start or finish a special writing project with their very own editor. 

Writing techniques

As an experienced educator and professional writer, I know that writers need more than the average classroom experience. HeartWriting distills the gems of my learnings into an inspiring, heart-opening format.

heart-brain connection

Lower frequency creative brainwaves like Theta and Alpha is where the magic of the creative process occurs. By meditating frequently and connecting with our hearts we can access these states more often.

spiritual philosophy

Your highest creative potential resides in your spiritual heart. Once you connect deeply with your inner spirit, your creativity will soar effortlessly. It's time to adopt some meaningful new rituals and philosophies.

creative community

I offer people the opportunity to connect deeply with other writers. In workshops, you’ll get to know your peers in a safe setting where you can share pieces, give feedback, and discuss the writing process.

What workshop students say

Incredible woman and mentor - I highly recommend to anyone who doesn’t know where to start, is already in the flow and just wants to get better or if you are ready to pull your book idea together. Rose’s expertise and perfect people skills provides the creative bridge to get you to where you want to be. –Vicky

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 day course. I’ve been into the HeartMath stuff lately and it was beautiful to see that in practice and listening to what you said about it. I loved what you taught about getting into that theta brainwave state so I’ve been attempting to do that and I’ve also started writing every morning. I’ve taken lots away from the course, so thank you. My biggest fear is believing in myself. The belief that my work is good enough. Sometimes I think I don’t know enough to write [my dream project] so I think those are my two biggest hurdles. You’re amazing at what you do and what a beautiful gift you have to offer to the world. I love the writing aspect with the spiritual. It’s perfect. Your voice is beautiful too. Everything is so well done. –Claire, Sydney

I was lucky to participate in two of Rose’s writing courses over the last two years. Rose is a teacher at heart but also a charming woman who will make all feel welcome and deliver a real educational experience. Conversation among the group and with Rose was vibrant and engaging. Rose is inspired and as well as organised and instructional. The tone of the group was easy and inclusive, as Rose is a natural teacher. Rose is not one to do things by halves and is willing to share her strong knowledge base. Lucky for us! —Kathleen

I came across Rose's course as an accident after yoga class. I just stood there and the flyer just stared at me. I just took a leap of faith not really knowing what HeartWriting means and signed up for the level 1 course immediately. My experience was nothing less than magical. Rose's presence and kind and supportive nature all along the way made it really special for me. Being an expat with English as my second language, I never thought I could actually write stories in English. Not only have I dared to write a couple of my stories as a way to deal with suppressed and repressed memories, I dared to now write my own book. Rose's course opened new doors in my heart and my future, and for that I'm forever grateful to this beautiful woman who wears her heart on her sleeves to help you open up to the amazing authentic beautiful writer and human that you already are. –Zhaleh

“HeartWriting,” it’s called. She will show you how to talk to your heart. She is humble and kind, she has a melodic and soft voice and will give you the structure you need to believe – while getting things done. Be gentle to yourself, meditate to find your soul again, and stay quiet and aware. Now I can feel my heart burning, he is awake now. I learned again to talk to my heart. I met other hearts too. I felt like being around a wood fire surrounded by all hearts, open and warm, melting feelings and beliefs like marshmallows in the fire. Now, I feel light to keep walking around the world with my heart warm and open, because we met again. Thanks, HeartWriting, for showing me the way, and appearing in my life like a magical shooting star in the middle of the night. – Addie Saenz – Panama

I just opened up the "ten days" course and did your BEAUTIFUL creativity meditation (amazing, sank right into that) and started journalling from the book prompts. It’s all so epic Rose. All the hours and hours of time and loving effort you have put in to this course – you are so generous with your community. Love! – Nicole, Victoria

The HeartWriting course is exactly what it sounds like and more. It is a soulful course that helps people finally get the courage and the tools to write. So if you are someone who says 'I will write a book one day' but that day never comes because you are scared of the blank page, don't know what to write, don't think you have what it takes to write, anxious about what you write, don't have time to write, or meet the million forms of resistance - then this course is for you. Rose is the mentor you never knew you needed. So if writing is something you are called to do, you will find the path with Rose's guidance. – Bonnie, Bald Hills NSW

If you have tried a creative writing course elsewhere and was left disappointed and thinking writing might not be for you, you should give HeartWriting a go. Writing is different when you are guided from the heart and supported by Rose. Her intuitive way of guiding you through this journey of inward exploration will leave you with heart-connected writing and more. – Natalie, Sydney

HeartWriting has opened the door to a profound new way of learning - bringing together heart centred practices and teachings that will unlock the hearts deepest desires. Enrolling in Rose Mascaro’s HeartWritings Level 1 course has been the best thing I’ve ever invested in for myself. This course has enlightened the benefits of spirituality and combined it with an abundant supply of literature knowledge, reading and gentle writing tasks. Rose provides a safe space to explore your writing techniques and dreams, her wisdom, encouragement and guidance gently unravels the writer within, connects you amongst likeminded souls and surrounds you in a beautiful place to grow. – Amanda, North Coast NSW

I completed the 10 week Online workshop and would thoroughly recommend it. The combination of yoga and meditation with writing prompts make it such a unique experience. It was a wonderfully nurturing space for expression. The talented Rose shared so much of her vast knowledge with us and was very generous with her time and resources. I have wanted to get back to writing for many years but this course was the impetus to get my words moving again. I loved it so much I have enrolled in the advanced course! Thank you Rose - 10/10! – Delys, Perth

I am forever grateful HeartWriting come into my life, it has truly sparked a new flame within and rekindled the dream to write. Rose is as much inspirational as she is incredible at her ability to teach, mentor and share her love of story writing and telling with us all. Words don’t seem enough to express the sincere gratitude I have for her in my life and I cannot wait to continue my journey with her in the Advance course and beyond. If you love to read and write then HeartWriting is the best gift you could ever give yourself (or a friend). – Amanda

Anything I write here will not do justice to the incredible and transformative experience that I've had with Rose's Heart-Writing Workshop Level 1. It's the perfect combination of academics/theory, spirituality and self-development. I'm in awe of the unique experience that Rose has created, and I guarantee with wholehearted confidence that you will not be the same after going through this course. It has given me the wonderful (and very unexpected) gift or reconnecting with my passion for creative writing – one that was dormant for over 10+ years. The course is not over, and I already signed up for the Advanced Writer's Retreat, because deep in my soul I feel that this is only the beginning of a magical journey for my writing, and I thank the universe for sending Rose my way. If you're hesitating to join – please don't! You can thank me later 😉 – Virginia, Panama

HeartWriting came at a time when I was living with a lot of anxiety and felt like I was on the edges of burnout. I had lost myself and my joy. Starting the ten week course has reminded me of who I am, has reminded me of my love of reading and writing, my love of stories. I love the growth I have seen on myself and my confidence build in trusting myself and my creativity. I can’t thank Rose enough for what she and her course have done to bring my sense of creativity and playfulness back. – Liz W, Sydney

The Ten Days of HeartWriting has ended 30 years of writers' block and provided me with a safe and enjoyable platform to rediscover my until now shelved dream of writing a book. While I have a long way to go, I can not believe the change in my mindset over just ten days. I absolutely loved every activity and can not wait for the Level 1 course to begin! Thank you Rose and Heartwriting, I am so thankful! – TJ

HeartWriting has helped me step into the writer I’ve been longing to be for years but never prioritising enough. The practice of turning up everyday for myself and my craft has been the greatest gift. I’m so grateful to Rose and her wisdom, energy and time with this beautiful course. If you’re looking to kick start your practice again or gain a deeper connection between your inner world and that blank canvas in front of you, I highly recommend investing in yourself with this course. – Liz Brown

If you’re seeking to write from the depths of your heart and soul then HeartWriting is for you. Rose has created something special that will take you on a personal and creative journey. I can’t recommend Rose enough as a teacher and mentor for all aspiring writers. – Debra, Central Coast NSW

I adored the workshop with all my heart. I not only learned to give myself the permission to call myself a writer, but it allowed me to dive headfirst into what I blocked myself off from for years - my heart space. It was truly a surreal experience to have more self–growth and learning happen in an online workshop for writing than years of counselling has ever done. To anyone thinking about doing the workshop, there's a reason you're thinking about it! Don't hold yourself back! It's truly a wonderful environment and a beautiful experience. No matter who you are or what you're doing, you'll learn something new every session and you'll meet some truly remarkable people 🖤 Rose taught me so much and I love every second I spend writing thanks to her and my new writer friends! 🖤 – Merissa, Canberra

All I have is deep gratitude for whatever led me to signing up for Rose’s course and in turn for Rose. It is an honour to be in the presence of someone so in tune with their passion and purpose. I have gained confidence in my writing techniques, the freedom to put pen to paper whenever I want without feeling guilty (in this world of constant busyness), and a newfound love for the written word each week as the course expands my mind. I cannot shout loud enough to anyone who is thinking about working with Rose that they need to run, not walk. It will be one of the biggest acts of self-care you’ll enact all year. There will not be a more well rounded or supportive course of its kind out there I assure you! – Kelly, Central Coast NSW

I joined this HeartWriting class in a pretty lost and broken place. I knew I wanted to find the joy in writing again, but what I came to find was so much more than that. I found a teacher who nurtured and encouraged my creativity. I found a group of strong yet vulnerable women who inspired me every week. I developed my skills as a writer and accepted myself as a creative. Honestly can not recommend this course enough. You will emerge from it a new version of yourself! Thank you Rose! – Emma, Sydney

Rose, you drop yourself in the class like you are one of the students and pour your heart in it. You challenge me to dig beneath the surface of my writing, and my truth. So thank you for your work, and for following your heart and stepping into the light to share your gifts! –Giana, Melbourne

I have no words – or maybe too many words – to thank you for this course, and your generosity and kindness! I am so sad that it has ended. HeartWriting will be on my gratitude list for this New Years Eve – it has been the best thing that happened to me in 2022!" –Addie

It is such an honour to be in such a safe and nourishing creative space – and I feel myself coming home to myself more and more with every week. I just love you Rose – thank you for all that you do and for sharing your gifts so beautifully with us! –Alecia, Sunshine Coast

The Heartwriting Advanced course was a dream, interspersed with the depth of learning that only Rose can bring with such heart to our hearts. It was wonderful to continue my learning and growth, with so many familiar faces from the first course. I was able to bring so many words forth, and explore the ways in which I can share my life story. –Lisa, Central Coast NSW

I have absolutely loved Rose’s writing therapy course. Rose has a wealth of experience, knowledge and wisdom to guide you through each week. Her classes are always presented with a beautiful ambiance. I love the meditations, yoga and writing all rolled into one. I am so excited for the next course and hopefully collaborating with Rose in the future in the holistic health and wellness space. – Lauren, Newcastle

Rose is magic. She is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive and somehow manages to get the best out of distracted and insecure writers like me! HeartWriting has been the best gift to myself and my creative expression and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Rose in this space. – Claire, Canberra

Rose's calm guidance within the workshops and the one to one mentoring sessions provided expert tuition in the craft of writing. She produced a range of highly acclaimed examples of great writing for us to discuss and provided us with skills to use in editing our work. Rose's elegant blend of spiritual understanding, discussion and practice mixed with her knowledge of teaching creative writing allowed my writing to blossom and my confidence in my ability to write for an audience to soar. –Jacqueline, Sydney

I found the program wonderfully therapeutic, and as a person I can say I’ve turned a corner and will never be the same again. Rose you are the real deal, generous with your knowledge which is considerable and generous with yourself. I got so much more than I paid for. How can I ever thank you. Go confidently into your rich future, precious soul. – Brenda, Noosa

Rose offers so much more value than any other traditional creative writing course I’ve come across. You get to learn about yourself, what shaped you, your authentic ‘writers voice’ and how to produce beautiful words that flow effortlessly from the heart and inspire others - if you’ve been thinking about expanding your creative brain and are looking for a nurturing environment to be a part of, you need to sign up for one of these workshops! – Natalia, Violette Ink Copywriting, Gold Coast

From the content to the delivery style and the personalised advice in the 1-1 mentoring, this course is a true gift to anyone who ‘wishes they could’ but who ‘doesn’t out of fear’. You’ll find yourself in the safest place, where you’ll be supported, encouraged and left to ponder what else you can do if you pack away the worries and just let the words flow. I still feel this review can’t do justice to the quality content and heart opening space that Rose has created. – Michelle, Perth

Rose, aren’t you such an amazing delight. Your warmth, love and gentleness with your course participants is something to behold. You will go far with this and inspire many to deepen into more authentic writing. Also – I think I need the join the advanced course! – Andrew, Sydney

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Rose Mascaro is a writer, editor and teacher who is passionate about teaching others how to build a life of creative bliss. A published writer, and the 2020 editor of Teen Breathe magazine Australia, she has a Master of Arts in creative writing.