Boston Writing Workshops

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Poet-Moms Reading and Fundraiser for Immigrant and Refugee Families
Wednesday, March 4th 6:30pm
The Firehouse, 2323 Buena Vista St, San Antonio, TX
Poetry Reading with
Nicole Callihan, Nadia Colburn, Arielle Greenberg, Julia Guez, Judy Halebsky
Aby Kaupang, Jennifer Militello, Lisa Olstein, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Marcela Sulak, Tess Taylor, Cori A. Winrock, Rachel Zucker
See more here


The Word Works Reading
Thursday, March 5th, 5:30 pm
Rosella on Jones, San Antonio, TX


Get Your Poetry Collection Published 
Friday, March 13th 10:30am-1:30pm
Grub Street, Boston

What are the stages of getting a poetry manuscript published? What do you need to know both before and after you assemble your collection? This class will go over the practicalities of getting a book of poems published and will lay out the pathways to different options—from book contests to small presses to self-publishing—and the benefits of each path, with resources to follow through on the different options. We’ll address how to know when your manuscript is ready to be sent out; what to do while you’re sending it out; and ways to build your career and presence as a poet outside of publishing the book itself. Read more here

Poetry Reading/ Discussion
April 11th
Wake up and Smell the Coffee
77 Main St. Hopkinton, MA.
More information coming soon

Poetry Reading with Nadia Colburn and Chard De Nord 
April 27th 8:00pm
Blacksmith House
56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA



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Past Writing Events in Boston

Writing with Courage
Friday, February 7th 10am-5pm
Grub Street, Boston
Writing often asks us to be our most vulnerable and our most courageous. In this workshop, we’ll read examples in a variety of forms (poetry, memoir, essays, fiction) that go to deeply vulnerable places, and then explore effective strategies that writers use to turn vulnerability into strong pieces of writing. We will discuss the larger social and personal courage that these writers cultivate so that we can employ our own vulnerability in the service of something larger. We will do some exercises to get more comfortable with both our weaknesses and our strengths, so that we can become more willing to take risks and free up our writing process. The class will also give you some meditation techniques that you can pair with your writing to develop your own inner courage, resilience and strength. You will leave this class ready to create and share work that can have a bigger, bolder impact—for yourself and your readers.

Poetry as a Contemplative Practice 6-week class
6 Wednesdays starting, January 15th, 10:30-1:30


Poetry as a Contemplative Practice
Friday, December 6th, 10:30-1:30
Grub Street, Boston

Class is now full. Sign up to join the waitlist. 

FREE live online meditation and writing session.
Wednesday, December 11 at noon (eastern time)
Come with a piece you’re already working on or try something new. I’ll lead you through some meditations that will help you relax into your writing. This session will help you prepare for the new year and guide you through some visioning and re-visioning practices.
Sign up to get the free log-in information (as well as the recording):

Poetry Workshop
10 Mondays starting January 6th, 10:00am- 12:00
North Cambridge, MA
Small class in my home to study the craft and process of poetry writing.
To learn more and to join the waitlist contact me

Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Workshop 
10 Mondays starting January 6th, 12:30- 2:30pm
North Cambridge, MA
Small class in my home to study the craft and process of writing memoir/ creative prose pieces.
1 or 2 spaces open, contact me for more information

Listening to Your Body and Your Inner Voice:
Yoga, Meditation, Writing and Poetry Workshop
Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA
hosted by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Book launch party and short reading from The High Shelf
Thursday, October 24th.
Lilypad Inman 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA 02139


Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm doors open.  7:30 performance
Unearthed Poetry and Song
Featured poet: Nadia Colburn  Featured Musician: coming soon!

Home.stead Bakery & Cafe in Fields Corner, Dorchester (1448 Dorchester Ave.).
café and beer, wine and drinks available.

Monday, October 7th, 8:00pm Eastern Time
FREE live online meditation and writing session
with Bonus Live Reading from my new book—plus time for questions and answers!

The Poetry of Attention: A Reading
Wednesday, May 29th 7-8:45 pm
The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Join Michael Almond, Holy Crary, Portia Durbin, Varsha Kukafka, Jennie Meyer, and Zoe Trout, students in Nadia Colburn’s Advanced Poetry Workshop, for an evening of poetry that pays attention to the world around and within us. Come listen to poems, enjoy the cafe, and meet the poets! FREE with ample free parking.

Embrace and Let Go: Yoga and Writing Workshop
Sunday, June 2, 2:30-5:00
Samara Yoga, Davis Square

Poetry as a Spiritual Practice
Friday, June 7th 6-9 pm
Grub Street, Boston

Align Your Story with Meditation, Yoga and Writing

Saturday, May 4th 10am -5pm
Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford CT

Get Clear On Your Main Idea: How to Structure Your Book
Workshop: for anyone thinking of a larger writing project (book or otherwise), this workshop helps you see how the pieces fit together into a coherent whole
Friday, March 22 10:30-1:30
Grub Street, Boston

Free Five Day Meditation and Writing Challenge
March 25-April 1st
Jumpstart your writing with this transformative practice
Sign up for this free event here

Embrace and Let Go: Yoga and Your Story
Saturday, July 28th, 2-4:30pm
Samara Yoga, Davis Square
$35 in advance/$40 day-of

Yoga classes often tell us to drop our story, but we can only successfully drop the parts of our story that are not serving us if we first learn to listen to ourselves. We can use yoga class to tune into what is happening in our bodies and the messages that are coming up so that we can listen more attentively, release emotional and physical blocks, clear out what is no longer needed, and find new pathways and stories for healing and growth.

Writing With Courage
June 15th, 2018 10:00-5:00
Grub Street. Boston, MA

Poetry as a Contemplative Practice
May 18th, 2018 10:30-1:30
Grub Street. Boston, MA

Poetry as a Spiritual Practice
May 6th, 2018
Salem, MA. Mass Poetry Festival

Renewal in Rest: Planting Seeds of Transformation
April 24th-26th, 2018
Copper Beech Institute. West Hartford, CT
Come be renewed with rest and gentle movement, mindfulness practices, quiet and sharing to re-awaken the creative energy of spring during this overnight retreat.

Step into the Energy of Spring: Yoga for Greater Creativity and Vitality
April 7th, 2018
Simply Yoga, Belmont, MA
Spring is a time of transition and new growth. This workshop steps into the new energy of spring by helping you detox your system and build new strength. The course will use both Hatha and Kundalini yoga to work with your body’s natural energy system, rinse out what is no longer serving you, and tap into your corse strength, the seat of your creativity and your ability to manifest.

Align Your Story
Enroll anytime. Online.
When you enroll in the class you have immediate and life-time access to the online material and to the community. Writing, yoga and meditation course to get through blocks, integrate mind body and spirit and give you tools to write what you want—and need—to write.

In-Person Writing Workshops
Spring 2018. Cambridge, MA
Poetry and Creative Writing Groups.
Monday mornings and afternoons. This class is for anyone who wants to bring their writing to the next level in a supportive community. Small class sizes allow for much individualized attention. We will workshop, read, and write together.
*Reach out to me for details and to reserve a spot. Classes will fill fast.

The Courage of Connection
March 17th, 2018
Day-Long Retreat. NorthEastern, MA
Ask the big questions of what is required of us to model peace and justice in our world now and explore the sacred work of healing within social change movements.

How to Structure Your Book
February 9th, 2018
Grub Street. Boston, MA

Writing with Courage
January 12th, 2018
Grub Street. Boston, MA
Writing often asks us to be our most vulnerable and our most courageous. In this workshop, we’ll read examples in a variety of forms (poetry, memoir, essays, fiction) that go to deeply vulnerable places, and then explore effective strategies that writers use to turn vulnerability into strong pieces of writing.  There will be time for writing, revision and discussion.

Communicating with Courage: a Kundalini Yoga and Writing Workshop
January 6th, 2018
Yoga and the Ashram. Millis, MA
To greet the new year with clarity and courage, we’ll practice with yoga and writing. Designed for yogis and writers of all levels of experience, the class will invite you into your own deep truth and to align with sacred, universal truth. Come ready to sweat, chant, write, relax deeply and more.

Writing and Kundalini Yoga Workshop
August 30th, 2017
Beverly, MA

Living From Your Center: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit
August 18th-20th, 2017
Copper Beech Institute. West Hartford, CT
Treat yourself to a full weekend retreat of self care, integration and growth with writing, yoga and meditation.

Writing Through Blocks
August 4th, 2017
Grub Street. Boston, MA

Poetry Reading
April 2nd, 2017
Cohasset library. Boston, MA
I’ll be reading my own poems and leading the audience in some writing exercises.

Writing Towards Freedom: an Afternoon of Meditation and Writing
May 13th, 2017
North Shore Zen Center. Beverly MA

Breathing Out Fear
April 29th, 2017
Copper Beach. Hartford, CT
A day long retreat to address living in difficult times with more equanimity and engagement.

A Larger Purpose: Why Your Writing Voice Matters
April 28th, 2017.
Grub Street. Boston, MA

Inner Evolution for Women with Jessica Ronalds, LMHC
​March 25th, 2017
Acton, MA
I’m very excited to be offering this afternoon session with therapist Jessica Ronalds to deep healing and clearing work for women to start spring with our full vitality. Is part of you looking for something more? Do you get inklings that haven’t been able to pay attention to?The world is pulling you in a hundred different directions,and you often feel spent, but you are ready to live with more authenticity, agency and power. In this workshop, we’ll use meditation, some easy writing exercises, conversation and simple movements to come back into our centers, re-align our bodies, minds and spirits, and remember who we really are.

Embrace and Let Go: Writing and Yoga Workshop
March 11th, 2017
Om Namo Center. Cambridge, MA

The Heart of Your Message: Writing for Business and Beyond
January 18th, 2017
Cambridge Innovation Center. Cambridge, MA

Align Your Story: Afternoon Workshop
January 17th, 2017
MIT IEP course. Cambridge, MA

Listen and Let Go: Writing and Yoga
October 15th, 2016
Om Namo Yoga. Cambridge, MA

Listen and Let Go: Writing and Yoga
October 6th, 2016
Floating Lotus. Gloucester, MA

Fall Festival: Yoga at the Ashram
October 1st, 2016
Individual healing sessions. Millis, MA

Poetry Reading: NH Poetry Festival
September 24th, 2016
Henniker, NH

Listen and Let Go: A Yoga and Writing Workshop
July 23rd, 2016
Om Namo Yoga Center. Cambridge, MA
Come move your body and work with your energetic systems to become more flexible, sweat, and relax. In the process, you will be given the opportunity and tools to listen deeply to yourself, enter into dialogue with your body, create and let go.

Making Sense of Your Story: Gifts of Healing Through Writing
June 9th-August 11th, 2016
Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center. Roxbury, MA
Cory Johnson Trauma Impact Education Center. Roxbury, MA 

The Poetry of Attention: Poetry and Meditation
June 2nd, 2016
Cambridge Public Library Main Branch. Cambridge, MA
Hosted by the Cambridge Poetry Ambassador Program.

Trauma Education Night: Writing Our Stories
March 17th, 2016
Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center. Roxbury, MA
Cory Johnson Trauma Impact Education Center. Roxbury, MA

Poetry and Winds Concert
February 3rd-5th, 2016
Symphony Nova. Boston, MA
I was delighted to write a poem for one of the pieces in this concert and work with members of my
Monday morning poetry workshop who also wrote poems to accompany the music in the concert.

The Literature of Attention
January 25th, 2016
In Person Poetry, Memoir and Essay class Mondays in North Cambridge

Yoga for Creative Empowerment: Yoga and Writing Workshop
January 9th, 2016
​Kundalini Yoga Boston. Harvard Square, MA

Writing Towards Our Deepest Wisdom
October 16th, 2015
Still Harbor. Boston, MA

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