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Writing From The Top Of Your Head: A Fantastical Online Schoolhouse

 

“Nina is the best of the best at cheerleading the wounded soul of creativity.”

Writing from the Top of Your Head is a wildly unique online Schoolhouse designed by IndieFab Award Finalist author, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, and Gateless Method writing teacher Nina Hart.

A SANCTUARY for the Heartbroken Artist – a safe space for you to find your way back to your real voice and heal the “heartbroken artist”  – the one who has shame and vulnerability around their writing and creativity. 

Because writing shouldn’t be a stuffy and competitive academic classroom exercise.

It can be a place of open-mouthed surprise…an amusement park ride, a brave quest into the unknown that brings up buried treasure and all the gold you have inside.

 
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Get Your Feet Wet

Playhouse to Slay Perfectionism - $47

“To excel at creativity you must rebel against the need to be perfect."
~Jill Badonsky - recovering perfectionist

Module #1 of The Online Schoolhouse

Want to get a taste of how Writing from the Top of Your Head can help heal those little traumas you have around your creative process?

Perfectionism got you down? Mean inner critic? Lost your joy? Trouble getting started? Feeling stuck?

This one module will help you free your imagination and get you writing again.

You CAN create without your inner critic hanging over your pen!

Transformative self-paced audio lessons, writing prompts, rituals, and creativity coaching tools all rolled into one.

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Dive Deep

The Schoolhouse LIVE! $699

EARLY BIRD special $599 til Sept. 30th

Live / Online workshop begins October 14th, 2019

Are you a heartbroken artist? Does sharing your writing feel painfully vulnerable? Have you got a case of “serious writer” syndrome? Do you long to create fresh new material? Have you always wanted to write but are too afraid to start?

Then Writing from the Top of Your Head is the course for you.

*Lifetime access to the 8-module online schoolhouse material

*6 Weekly two-hour live group calls with 1:1 coaching support + share your writing aloud and receive positive-only Gateless Method feedback (no critique involved!)

*A private facebook group where we can get to know one another and get chatty about all the important things.

For these six weeks, an intimate group of writers will be supported t0 uncover their creative genius, and recover that which they feared was lost – their fantastical and resilient creative life.

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Row Your Own Boat

Online Schoolhouse: Self-Paced - $497

Ready to strike out on your own creative journey? The audio lessons and prompts will support you on your quest for creative freedom.

* Lifetime access to the 8-module online schoolhouse material for self-study.

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Curious if Writing from the Top of Your Head is a good fit?

Schedule a quick 15 minute call to see if this work is for you

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What Is Writing From The Top Of Your Head?

An online schoolhouse with 8 modules of streamlined audio lessons on writing and creativity, unique meditations to open up your writing flow, powerful Creativity Coaching tools, and exhilarating writing prompts that will get you out of your headYou will find yourself tapping into an uncontrollable free flow of words that will burst forth onto the open page! Use this schoolhouse as your secret and special place to write what you want to write, in the genre of your choice, and create a safe space where you get to be YOU. Also included: lesson pdf’s with writing prompts, optional homework, book recommendations, inspiring quotes, and video links. This is an “evergreen” course, so you will always have access to it. You’re free to do it at your own rate and in a way that fits into your unique lifestyle. And you can do the course over and over. You’ll get to generate new and surprising material every time. Your voice belongs to you! 

Praise for Writing from the Top of Your Head

“The content and material ALONE in this course is rich and deep enough to bring someone through substantial, substantive transformation not only in their creative lives, but in their lives, period. The hidden little traumas in all of us creatives get tweaked and exposed and witnessed in the process of these brilliantly diagnosed exercises that are laser-precise in what, where, and how they touch these places.”
— Karuna Haber - student
Nina’s class blew me out of the water. I had done some things like it before so I felt like I was experienced… but this class! This class really opened up some sort of spigot in me and out came the words, the images, the magic. I don’t even know where it came FROM. It just came THROUGH. And when I admitted in the class that I don’t really have a creative goal, only an inkling that it’s a good idea to let stuff came through me, and it scares me to have this outpouring erupt from me, Nina understood and made me feel like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
— Mindy Beller - student
I have struggled for years to write against a constant storm of inner criticism screaming, “Don’t write it like that. You can’t say that. You’re doing it wrong.” It’s been increasingly hard to summon up the courage to get to the page, let alone put words on it, and I end up retreating, sooner or later, under the torrent of self-abuse. I have read shelves of books on writer’s block and becoming more creative or productive, with little result. I’ve signed up for classes and creativity coaching, which I often don’t finish because the fear/perfectionism/self-criticism won’t abate enough to do the lessons. So the Writing from the Top of Your Head course didn’t tell me anything I hadn’t read or heard before. But Nina has structured the course so that, for the first time, those lessons could sneak, ninja-like, past my defensive barriers and take root. With the help of her talks and prompts–through which Nina’s compassion, wisdom, and playful spirit shine–I’ve finally created a small, safe space within myself where the words can flow without fear. It’s a feeling I’ve never experienced before, and I am so grateful to Nina for that gift.
— Tinatsu Wallace - student
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 - student
I have a degree in painting and drawing, but I don’t consider myself a writer. I joined Nina’s writing classes thinking they would help me with some technical writing for work. Boy, was that an undervision! This class completely blew the top off my creativity in a way that bled into everything in my art and life. It honestly taught me to just be myself and trust my own voice. I even make up words now, like undervision. I am free!
— Sarah Thomas - student
When I started Nina’s class, I had mostly not written for two years – and was starting to wonder if I was still a writer. Now I’m on fire for writing. Nina is a truly creative soul – and a phenomenal cheerleader, coach, and creativity instigator.
— Majo John Madden - student

 

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Is This You?

  • You struggle with writer’s block, perfectionism, fear, shame around sharing your work, procrastination, or self-criticism.

  • You are ready to blow the rust off of your creative process, and access the great volcano of imagination inside of you!

  • You’re finally ready to write that poem, tell your story, but you don’t even know where to start. Or maybe you can’t get past chapter 5 of your book and you’re stuck.

  • Even the act of writing or creating feels like an extra vulnerable and sensitive undertaking…

  • You have put your creativity on hold due to life’s obligations. You’ve been avoiding the creative process, even though it constantly calls to you.

  • You want to learn practical tools and strategies that will help you follow through on your creative dreams and goals.

  • You feel the need for more accountability, structure, and support around your writing or creativity.

If you suffer from any of the above, you are not alone! I too have struggled with obstacles and a painful vulnerability around writing. I also love helping artists free themselves from “creative shame.” Creative shame withers away in an atmosphere of acceptance and safety, and so creating safety is essential to the process of Writing from the Top of Your Head. 

The Eight Modules

Week 1: Small and Crappy

As we start the journey together, we find out how the foundational practice of “Small and Crappy” can help you lower your expectations and slay perfectionism when it rears its crappy little head!  You CAN create without your inner critic hanging over your pen!

“You will have written badly, but you will not have allowed it to be atrocious.”

- Kevin McIlvoy


Week 2: Seduce the Muse

You don’t have to sit around and wait for the muse to show up! Learn how to raise up your creative “antennae” and bring about states of awe at will.

“The object isn’t to make art, it is to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.”

- Robert Henri


Week 3: Just Be You

Your MOST amazing superpower is to “just be you.” We’ll talk about it. And listen to the Shaggs.   And through the “Koi Pond” exercise you’ll learn to deeply trust the images that come to you, and the details of what you hear, see, feel, taste, and smell.

 “An image is a place. Not a picture of a place, but a place in and of itself. You can move in it. It seems not invented but there for you to find.”

- Lynda Barry


Week 4: Thank You Walk

Tap into profound poetic states through the practice of the “Thank You Walk,” “Snapshot,” “Soft Focus” and other techniques that will help induce states of higher creativity. Learn “brain-training” techniques that reduce the fears that can literally stifle an artist’s life. These tools will affect your ability to follow through as an artist, and allow you to practice more and more bravery and vulnerability. You will practice seeing your own unique gifts and recognizing the depth of your accomplishments, and this will be a touchstone that will fuel your passion and artistic resilience.


Week 5: Playfully Play with Playful Structures

You will connect all that you’ve learned into a “symphonic writing experience.” You will combine dreams and other found material in order to discover new directions. By playing with playful structures (as opposed to working within more traditional structures) you will find that actually letting go of control will help you find the surprisegifts that lay beyond the “thinking mind.” Learning to trust this place will create a whole new writer / self.

I want to be with those who know secret things—or else alone.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Week 6: Deep Diving – Creating and Connecting with our Emotions

So far, we’ve been learning how to let go and fly high. Now, we dive deep into the ground of our souls and our inner emotional landscape, in order to mine material that not only touches us, but can touch others in a heartfelt way.


Week 7: The Power of Journaling

Some writers believe that journal writing isn’t “real” writing. I say it is! It’s such a powerful way to deep dive, to live uncensored, to mine for gold. It allows us to touch down into our authenticity. We not only get to talk to ourselves but to our highest self. In this module, we’ll listen to nature and rocks and trees and see what they have to tell us. We’ll ask our bodies for answers to deeper questions. We’ll explore various journaling methods and record our dreamscapes. We will be led into surprising territory, and it is here we can discover such honest and shimmering material for our stories, poetry, and song.


Week 8: Your Writing Life

Cultivate a consistent writing practice that fits into your particular life. Learn about the incredible, simple power of Kaizen, also known as Small Steps – so you can easily keep moving toward your goals long after this workshop is over.

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

- Josephine Spilka, Asheville, NC

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No matter what kind of artist you are, this class is essential to your creative blossoming…
— Badria Jazairi, student

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching?

Here’s a quote that sums it up well –  from 

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching’s founder Jill Badonsky:

“Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching takes into account the dynamics of creative individuals that other coaching approaches may overlook, such as: resistance to authority, the non-linear nature of the creative process, high-sensitivity, creativity related avoidance, an indirect approach to setting intentions (setting “goals” can actually block a creative person), the need for breaks, daydreaming, and downtime, the need for nurturing and compassion, plugging into creative strengths and successes, question asking vs directives.”


2. Will we be learning about the craft of writing?

As my student Bonnie says,

“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.”

It’s true. There are lots of classes out there that focus on grammar, form, and revision, but we’ll be focussing on clearing the obstacles that get in the way of your raw and true voice.  It is my hope that you can develop your craft from this place of freedom, instead of the other way around…It’s WAY more fun.


3. Who this course is for? Who this course isn't for?

Who this course is for: You’re looking for something really different. You want to trust in the power of letting go of your thinking mind. You want to allow the great mystery to lead the way. You want the space to write uncontrolled and uncensored. You’re not afraid of swimming in the wildness of your shadow imagery and your subconscious mind. You want a process-oriented, mindful, and improvisational writing practice. You’re interested in the intersection of spirituality and creativity. You like goofy toys and funny silly jokes. You don’t mind fart machines and irreverence because they engage your inner child – and you’re looking to connect with that part of yourself again. You’re looking to laugh and play. You want to step into more and more of your fundamental uniqueness.

Who this course is not for: You’re wanting to learn more about the traditional academic craft of writing – dramatic arc and plot and story structure etc. You’re looking for the workshopping method of critique. You want a linear writing program. Your religion requires that you shield yourself from uncomfortable shadow material. (That’s totally cool – it’s just that this course will travel through those worlds.) You dislike fart machines.


4. Is there a guarantee or refund policy?

If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, contact me within the first 7 days and I will give you a full refund. That said, I truly believe this will be a life-changing experience for you – if you commit to the process. So, consider this purchase as a commitment to your writing life. I’m here to hold the door wide open for you to begin again – or to just begin. I’m here to hold you accountable for your commitment to yourself. I want this course to be there for you, even if you experience resistance. I know there is something truly powerful for everyone in this course. Jump in fully, and it will give you unimaginable gifts in return.


Curious if Writing from the Top of Your Head is a good fit?

Schedule a quick 15 minute call to see if this work is for you

Ready to jump right in to Writing from the Top of Your Head?

Sign up for the online writing schoolhouse