I’ve taken several writing courses and completed a number of short and long-term writing challenges over the last year, as I built a new foundation for my writing practice. I was looking for a fresh approach, one that reaches beyond technical tools and the simple (though not terribly accurate) notion, write more to write well.
Nadia’s course Align Your Story was ideal.
Nadia is a skilled, generous and accomplished teacher. And she is also a trained, experienced writer and wonderful reader. Her course is constructed on her love of poetry, prose, and short stories. There is so much in her beautiful analyses to inspire her students. I loved the weekly readings and the acuity she brought to our discussions.
And Nadia doesn’t leave the course on the page, her approach is three dimensional. The powerful intellectual architecture of the course reaches beyond our tendency to force, coerce, plead, or bargain our writing into existence. Nadia integrates meditation and breathing techniques, uses chanting and yoga sequences to give our brains a rest, teaches us to access insight and creativity from our bodies, and balances thinking with the means to relax and rest into the writing process. It’s wonderful what shows up in your writing as a result.
Align Your Story crisscrosses new energy, stamina and joy in the writing process with the stalwarts diligence and discipline, an alchemical energy that gave me the confidence to start writing fiction and tempt my love for poetry.
I’ve recommended AYS to colleagues and friends keenly interested in expanding the artistry and dexterity they bring to their writing. And I’m so grateful for lifetime membership, as I will surely jump in with other members of her terrific community during the next session.