Mindful, Embodied, Engaged Writing
Mindful, Embodied, Engaged Writing
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Your story and your voice matter!
I help women unblock and access the full power of their creative voice.
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CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES, ONLINE AND CAMBRIDGE, MA
“At last I discovered a writing mentor, Nadia Colburn, who dares to value both the craft of writing and one’s personal journey of body, mind, spirit and voice.” Jennie Meyer
I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m passionate about helping people access their authentic voice and write their best work. I’ve worked with thousands of students and offer in-person creative writing classes in Cambridge MA, online classes that often bring together meditation, yoga and writing, in-person retreats, and one-on-one coaching.
I have seen again and again that we write our best work when we bring our full selves to our writing and attend to both craft and process, the mind and the body.
In my own writing, I explore questions of the body, motherhood, trauma, healing, social and environmental justice, and the power of story and language themselves.
Poetry was my first love. My full-length poetry collection, The High Shelf, will be published in the fall of 2019. Chase Twichell, author of Things As It Is, wrote of the collection”Spare, brilliant, and open-hearted, these poems do what we most need art to do in this perilous age: they show how the mind invents both itself and its world, and thus where our responsibility lies. This is a book that will reward both readers of poetry and those seeking insight into suffering and resilience. An exhilarating read.”
In my early thirties, I fell in love with creative nonfiction—personal essays and lyric memoir. We live in a world peopled by the stories that we tell, and I want to tell true stories, authentic stories, healing stories, stories that help us see and feel and live differently, stories that do not shy away from the difficult or painful, but that shed light and clarity and a new creative vision on and for our world.
My poetry and prose have won awards and been widely published in such places as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, LA Review of Books, Lion’s Roar, Spirituality & Health, Boston Globe Magazine and many other places.
I bring together my more traditional academic background with a more holistic, mindful approach. I have a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. I’m also a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Kundalini yoga teacher, an activist for peace, equity and the environment, a mother and wife, daughter, sister and friend. I’ve also done my fair share of personal healing and growth.
I have a wide variety of programs and can develop programs suited to your individual needs. Please reach out to me with any questions!
“Nadia Colburn is truly one of those very great teachers”Pam Boll
“Taking Nadia’s class changed my life and I do not exaggerate when I say
it was how I found my true life, my true self.”
Recent Blog Post
The cover of my poetry book, The High Shelf, is an image of a painted sky with a few birds soaring in it. In the poem from which the book takes its title, I imagine a high shelf suspended in the sky without supports: Explanation of the World It was a shelf–– a high...read more
It’s already the end of summer! I've had a wonderful summer enjoying more time in the country, soaking up the sun and the woods and enjoying the water. Even when I'm mindful and trying to be present, time still speeds by, and it's hard to keep up with life...read more
What we value: wealth, writing, and more. I'm writing from Maine, and I'm very lucky to get to spend a lot of time outside in the summer. For most of my adult life, I've prioritized time over money, the leisure to appreciate over the ability to accumulate. I...read more