Writing Workshops



Announcing the next Asheville Writing from the Top of Your Head  – a one-of-a-kind six-week workshop designed for writers who have a burning desire to write but have a hard time facing the blank page. Class meets Monday evenings at Flatiron Writers Room – 5 Covington St. Asheville, NC 28806. 6-8:30 p.m. from October 2 to November 6, 2017. As an optional add-on, students may purchase individual coaching sessions in increments of 30 or 60 minutes. 

To register by check, email info@flatironwriters.com for instructions.

Writing from the Top of Your Head is a wacky, improvisational, perfectionism slaying, no thinking allowed, just be you, unwind the cult of criticism, Mr. Rogers Willy Wonka Brene Brown-esque, find your flow again workshop. It’s especially perfect for the “heartbroken” writers of the world – the ones who are hard on themselves to no end, who feel so vulnerable and fearful when they share, the ones who have torn up novels and quit MFA programs. The course combines tools from Creativity Coaching with wild writing exercises – strategically designed to precisely unravel those little traumas creatives get mired in. Resilience is fostered, bodyguard implemented, heartbreak eased. 

Writing from the Top of Your Head workshops combine powerful group Creativity Coaching with writing exercises that will help you loosen up and radically connect with your source of creativity. For beginning and seasoned writers or for anyone longing to reconnect with their creative life, this is the experience you’ve been looking for – support, momentum, and inspiration in a lively, criticism-free space that relaxes your blocks and frees your words.

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, that is poetry.” ~Emily Dickenson 
This isn’t your ordinary writing class. It’s a writing and coaching class. It’s a uniquely designed workshop where you’ll get to experience coaching from a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and the alchemizing artistry of Gateless Method writing. You’ll come away with amazing tools that you’ll be able to use not only as an artist, but in your daily life. You will move forward into your writing life with the support and momentum you need to keep going. Leave the rut behind, meet the creative genius inside, and come away with loads of fresh material. Your inner hooligan will have lots of room to shine, shout, and cause a ruckus, and it will be most remarkable!
An exciting new perk! After you graduate from this workshop, you’re welcome to join in online for the Master Class –  a continuing, subscription-based class that will keep your writing chops flowing, and help you stay connected to your fellow writers. 

The Master Class meets online, every third Tuesday night of the month, so you can join in from your own comfy home! 


NEW OFFERING for Asheville Peeps! Gateless Writing Salons meet every Sunday 11am – 1:30 pm starting in October 2016! The Salon will be food for your writer soul, a cozy sanctuary for the heartbroken artist, with positive-only feedback and a warm pot of tea for this autumn weather. Let’s support each other as writers! Some of the gifts that come from practicing writing regularly in this kind of environment are: raised immunity, positively shifted neurotransmitters, a brightened and lightened mood, freedom, and flow. You’ll also get a good dose of the tools from “Writing from the Top of Your Head,” so plan on laughter, hooliganism, and surprise. For more info. or to save a spot in advance contact Nina at 828-254-3586 or email writenina@writingfromthetopofyourhead.com


Testimonial: Nina has given my short stories tender, loving care as well as a kick in the pants – or the plot. First, she does global editing, pointing out passages that work, and are moving. Then she asks questions about the setting, motivation of characters, and what I failed to explain. She does line editing too, finding my repeats of phrases, double periods, confusing dialogue, and misplaced modifiers. She makes me feel good about what I have already written but opens my mind to how the words and story might be richer, more meaningful, and memorable.  I’ve had other editors who made me feel flawed as a writer and human being.  Nina is a “find.” She causes me to want to re-tackle a story. If you think you are ready to submit your fiction to journals or magazines, I can’t recommend Nina Hart’s Feedback Editing enough.

~Bonnie Schell

Feedback Editing is great for writers in the early stages of revising a story or book. I use “Gateless” methodology for feedback, by saying what I love and focusing on the writer’s strengths and unique inner genius. I’ll also make suggestions for the work – but in a gentle “Gateless” manner. More like pointing out where the opportunities lie. It’s a great way to hear about what’s working, which inspires further work and revision….Offered by the hour. Contact me to find out more! 


“I don’t know how Nina does it, but she’s giving students back to themselves.” 

Josephine Spilka

What To Expect at a Writing From The Top of Your Head Workshop:

  1. Break through obstacles such as fear, procrastination, perfectionism, overwhelm, negative self-talk, and self-sabotage – with the tools of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching.
  2. Have FUN in your writing practice. Discover your inner hooligan – your irreverent, child-like Dr. Seuss-ian spirit.
  3. Write from the top of your head. Learn to implicitly trust the images that come to you. Forge your unique stories in the fire of what you hear, see, feel, taste, smell…
  4. Tap readily into profound poetic states through the “Thank You Walk” and other techniques that seduce the muse.
  5. Experience “How on earth did I write that?” moments through exercises that skid you out of your usual habits, so your work becomes full of surprise.
  6. Generate a ton of new material through timed writing, in an uber-safe and supportive environment.
    YOU are the one who gets to find YOU as a writer, and that takes a lot of experimentation. You are not told how to write or how to be.
  7. Cultivate a regular writing practice. Foster consistent structure and resilience in a close community of writers who have each other’s backs.

“I have a degree in painting and drawing, but I don’t consider myself a writer. I joined Nina’s creative writing classes thinking it would help me with some technical writing for work.  Boy, was that ever an undervision! This class ended up completely blowing the top off my creativity in a way that bled into everything in my art and life. It honestly taught me how to just be myself and trust my own voice. I even make up words now, like undervision. I am free!” 

Sarah Thomas

When I started Nina’s class, I had mostly not written for 2 years – and was starting to wonder if I was still a writer. Now I’m on fire for writing…She is a truly creative soul – and a phenomenal cheerleader, coach, and creativity instigator.

Majo John Madden

These six weeks have changed my life…helped me set priorities, returned my vocabulary. I am reconnected to my young adulthood when I could say “I am a writer.” These classes are not about grammar and form but discovering the great creative mind rich with sentences and images. They are not about competition to be best but about each person’s unique discovery of their magical words and phrases. I am in a state of joy…

Bonnie Schell

No matter what kind of artist you are, this class is essential to your creative blossoming.

Badria Jazairi

I can’t say enough good things about Nina Hart’s writing classes. I walked into her class having no idea what a writer was lurking inside of me. The tone she sets makes it completely safe to explore and expand while also inspiring connection and creativity. I have started writing my first book!

Heather Cohen

This class is brilliant  – and got me back into writing and having fun with it. I’m on my second round. Nina is a creative, dedicated, and supportive teacher who really knows her stuff…

Genevieve Halkett

Nina is the fairy godmother of people’s un-lived artist lives…

Sarah Thomas

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Writing from the Top of Your Head is now ONLINE and self-paced! Do it in your own time, in your own way, and join in from anywhere in the world. Click the red box below to find out more.

Asheville workshops TBA! Sign up for my newsletter for the latest news, or email me at writenina@writingfromthetopofyourhead.com

Curious to see if Writing from the Top of Your Head is a good fit? Click HERE to hop on a quick 15 minute call to see if this work is for you!
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    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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