Debunking a common myth, the solstice, and more

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Nadia Colburn // June 19, 2024 // 0 Comments

Happy (almost) summer solstice!

As we enter this period of greater external light in the Northern Hemisphere, it's also a nice time to think about our internal light and how we can share it.

I believe that our job as writers—and as humans—is to shine our own best and brightest light. This might sound simplistic, but I invite you to take a moment and think about it.

We don't always have access to the full range of our light, but that's okay—that's natural. Just as the planet turns, and we have days with different kinds of light, so, too, in our lives, we have access to different ways of knowing, seeing, experiencing, and sharing.

But while it's important to honor periods of dark, when the time is right, we are meant to shine our light.

As writers, that means it's important for us to share our voice—and our writing—in ways that are right for us.

In anticipation of my online publication workshop tomorrow (there's still time to join!), I thought I'd share a few more thoughts today about sharing our voice.

One thing that often frustrates me is a common myth about publication that I want to debunk: "Publication is only when gatekeepers say 'yes' to your work." This outlook limits us.

When we look back at the etymology of the word, "publication," we find the word comes from the Latin, publicare, which just means "to make public."

We can re-frame publishing as a way of making public—coming out of hiding, out of secrets, out of privacy, and sharing more widely.

For women, in particular, though we've historically been conditioned otherwise, this sharing is very important and empowering.

We can re-imagine our publication models, get in touch with our authentic desires around sharing our work, and think outside the box with our practical strategies so that sharing our writing feels good and aligned with who we are.

That's why I put together my upcoming masterclass. Together, we'll explore why, when (and when not), and where (and where not) to share our work...and how we can most effectively and authentically go about doing that. 🙂

The Art of Publishing Your Work and
Sharing Your Voice (2.5 hour Masterclass)

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Thursday, June 20th
12:30pm-3:00pm ET / 9:30am-12:00pm PT / 5:30pm-8:00pm GMT Live Online via Zoom
Can't make it live? Sign up to get the recording! Once you sign up, I'll send you a form where you can submit your questions to me so that I answer them during the class 🙂 Then watch the masterclass on your own schedule and refer to it again and again.
Course Value: $250. On sale now for 50% off! Only $125.

Publication can be a mystery and a challenge, even to the most seasoned writers. 

How do we translate this activity of writing, that we often first do for ourselves, into a meaningful relationship with others? How do we keep our writing sacred while also encountering the gatekeepers of publication? How do we stay authentic and do our best work without getting caught up in comparison?

This masterclass will demystify the publication process.

We'll explore why, when, and how to publish and share your work.

I will give you practical tools as well as a framework to approach the process.

There will also be a Q&A where you can ask your own questions. Can't make it live? No worries. Once you sign up, I'll send you a form where you can submit your questions to me so that I answer them during the class 🙂 Then watch the masterclass on your own schedule and refer to it again and again.

This class is for writers of all backgrounds, writing in any genre, with any level of publication experience (including and especially those who have never published before!)

Together, we'll explore:

  • The difference between self-publication and traditional publication (and how to choose which path is right for you).
  • When to publish shorter pieces and when to publish a book.
  • Tips from my own long publication journey and from my experience helping hundreds of students get published.
  • A step-by-step process to getting your work published, from the initial queries to preparing your manuscript.
  • Outside-the-box ways to share your voice beyond publication.
  • How to discern when you want to share your work and when you want to write for yourself (sometimes not sharing is the most empowering option!).
  • The steps after publication: how to process the post-publication path, both emotionally and practically.
  • How publication and sharing your work in traditional and non-traditional ways fits into your larger life and vision.

I hope to see you there!

As always, reach out to me at nadia@nadiacolburn.com with any questions or comments 🙂

with love and light,
Nadia


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