Nina Hart Bio
Nina Hart is a writer, performer, and creativity coach trained in the Kaizen Muse method. She is also a certified Gateless Method writing teacher - "a method of teaching the art and craft of writing using creative brain science, ancient non-dual teachings and highly-effective craft tools...allowing writers to access the creative genius inside." Her first collection of surreal short fictions called "Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere" was selected as a Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category finalist in Foreword Reviews' prestigious 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. She is the founder of a unique method of teaching writing called “Writing from the Top of your Head,” which combines group Creativity Coaching with creative writing. (Offered online, in Asheville NC, and beyond.) Nina was also an original member of the experimental dance troupe Contraband, in San Francisco and, playing a purple electric bass, has recorded and performed with numerous bands.
I was a shy, sensitive kid, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio.
Born into a family of fast talkers, I naturally acquired the soul of a writer by spending so much time in observation - making up bizarre and funny subtexts. I was a stealth, closet writer, but still, writing felt like home.
Flash forward to many years later - to careers in dance, music, and massage therapy. The wordless world came naturally to me, but I had become too comfortable there. Making the commitment to bring my writing voice out of hiding involved what felt like huge risk and a trembling, terrifying vulnerability. (It still often does.) But it was there that I also found pure exhilaration – when I unleashed my most real and wacky voice. When I let it out of its cage. When I set it free.
It has not been an easy ride, navigating through creative obstacles. Along this path I became deeply drawn to the question of why so many of us hide and shame our voices. I became a creativity coach because I began to find some answers there, and I wanted to pass this sense of freedom along to other artists - many of whom seem to be stuck in a cultural epidemic of perfectionism, fear, comparison, and judgment. I coined the term "creative shame" because I believe it is real, and can destroy a beautiful creative life. To help people know they are not alone in feeling this way, and to bring this shame out into the open, is the first step toward healing. It is my honor to offer a safe harbor for this transformation to take place.
I especially love working with people who have a burning desire to write. Often these are the ones who have the hardest time with writing, as the material feels closest to their souls. Many writers stop writing for years, and I am in awe of the bravery it takes to step back in to the practice. Coming forth as a writer becomes a path to loving and accepting yourself – and this process never ends. It is very tender.
And not to be too serious – I am a firm believer in bringing the fun back into writing – in nurturing the kooky, irreverent, uncensored, child-like place where surprise and discovery live. This is actually one of the keys to the deepest healing...