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Creative Writing Classes in Boston

Classes include nonfiction, poetry, mindfulness and more

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Join My Unique Boston Writing Workshops

NOTE: At this time, all of my classes are online. My next online class is my unique Align Your Story For Women, starting April 5th. The class is for poets, creative nonfiction writers, and more. It unfolds module by module over 12 weeks, and when you sign up you get lifetime enrollment. See more and sign up here.

Do you want to join a strong, respectful community of poets and creative nonfiction writers?

Do you want to tap into your creativity and expand your unique voice?

These courses focus on process, content and craft, and use mindfulness techniques, as well as my experience as an award-winning writer, editor and scholar to help you produce your most enduring, forceful and original work.

Classes also look closely at work by inspiring published authors such as Rumi, Rilke, Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Lucille Clifton, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mary Oliver, Rebecca Solnit, Ross Gay and many others.

Space is limited! Classes are between 7-10 students to allow for plenty of individualized attention and real community.

Because of the small class size, writers are able to focus on individual projects and to ask for the kind of support and feedback they need.

Classes are open to writers of all levels, from beginners to professional writers working on their second or third book. Because the class is so small, I ask that everyone talk to me before signing up to see if you will be a good fit. This is one of the most unique creative writing classes in Boston.

Writers needn’t worry about being experienced enough. What’s important is that students are readers and come to the class with curiosity and a desire to be in a community of other writers.

Students report not only growing as writers, but also having breakthroughs in their lives outside of writing as they develop their voices and visions.

“Taking Nadia’s class changed my life, and I do not exaggerate when I say it is how I found my true life, my true self. I would highly recommend it!” –Joanne Reynolds, author of Comes a Blossom.

New classes will start March 30th. I’m enrolling for all my creative writing classes in Boston now and spaces will fill quickly. Contact me if you are interested, to ask any questions, and to enroll.

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The writing class is open to writers of all levels, from beginning writers to published authors (and some of our beginning writers have gone on to publish their own books). Because of the small class size, the class is able to meet you where you are and help you define and meet individualized goals for yourself.

The class fosters a sense of curiosity about the process of writing itself and encourages experimentation and revision, play and seriousness.

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The small class size (capped at 8 or 9) allows students to engage deeply in individual projects and allows for much individualized feedback.

The class is open to poets, creative nonfiction writers, memoir writers and fiction writers.

I like to work in different genres, and I find that writers in one genre often grow by reading other genres. Similarly, it is helpful to have readers who write in different genres.

For example, it can be helpful for a memoir writer to look carefully at the way a poet attends to every word on the page. Similarly, it can be helpful for a poet to explore how a creative nonfiction writer explores perspective.

Class time may include meditation and time to write from prompts. This class cultivates mindful attention to the creative process itself as well as to the work on the page, and to careful reading and editing skills.

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NOTE: At this time, all of my classes are online. My next online class is my unique Align Your Story For Women, starting April 5th. The class is for poets, creative nonfiction writers, and more. It unfolds module by module over 12 weeks, and when you sign up you get lifetime enrollment. See more and sign up here.

I offer these creative writing classes in Boston from my home. (8 minute walk from the Davis T stop and permits available for on-street parking for students in class)

Classes normally meet for ten Mondays, skipping holiday Mondays. Contact me to enroll or to ask questions.

Monday mornings from 10am-12:00 noon. This class will focus on poetry, though we also have some prose writers


Monday afternoons from 12:30-2:30 This class will focus on developing prose works, especially memoir and creative nonfiction/personal essays.

If neither of these times work for you, contact me because I may offer a class at another day or time.

Cost for a ten class session: $600 (some discounts are available)

Read what students have said about the class here

These courses are appropriate for writers at all levels, but because it is a private workshop in my house, students must CONTACT ME first to see if it will be a good fit.

To read more about me click here

To read more testimonials from students click here

If this course doesn’t fit your schedule, you may be interested in my ONLINE COURSE Align Your Story, which you can go through at your own pace and which also offers module-by-module support one time per year. Once you enroll in Align Your Story, you have lifetime access.

And sign up for my newsletter to be notified of upcoming classes and workshops and to get free resources for writers.

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See more about my philosophy and what to look for in a writing class in this blog post: https://nadiacolburn.com/ten-important-things-to-look-for-in-a-writing-class

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