I help women unblock

and access the full power

and of their creative voice

Mindful, Embodied, Engaged Writing


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and tap into the power of your authentic voice.



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            MIND, BODY & YOGA                                  WELLNESS

“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

About Me


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


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ALIGN YOUR STORY is an online course/writing retreat to help you break through blocks, connect with your authentic voice and story with more ease and power. The course brings together reading and writing with mindfulness, meditation and yoga and integrates the best of the mind, body and spirit. Study authors such as Rumi, Tolstoy, Mary Oliver; write your most skillful, authentic and powerful work; and bring your writing—and your life—into alignment. Once you enroll, you have access for life. Use the structure provided or go at your own pace.

Go deep inside, connect with community, cultivate your craft.

The class is designed for writers of all genres and all levels and for people with all levels of meditation and/or yoga experience.

Come with an open mind ready to dive a little deeper, play a little harder, relax with a little more freedom, and take your work to the next level. 

“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.”

Joanne Reynolds

Recent Blog Post

The High Shelf is here!

The High Shelf is here!

The High Shelf is here!!! This is a special moment—and a bit surreal. So much work goes into making any book, and I can say this book in particular has been such a labor of love—and time. As many of you know, this book has been over a decade in the making, and it...

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Life Transitions, a Poem and More

Life Transitions, a Poem and 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...

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