© 2019 by Lisa Kinney Colburn

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About Lisa

Dear Writer (yes, you!),

 

There is a line from a gorgeous Galway Kinnell poem that speaks to me: “sometimes it is necessary / to reteach a thing its loveliness.” This has been my mission ever since I left my publishing career 15 years ago. Whether teaching YogaRhythmics® classes, leading creative writing retreats, or facilitating Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) or Journal to the Self® workshops, my goal has been the same: to hold up a mirror to the dancer, the writer, the creator, and say, “look how beautiful you are.” This is a message we don’t often hear in our culture, and it bears repeating.

 

I first encountered the AWA method on a weekend women’s retreat in Capon Springs, WV. Until then, I hadn’t realized how liberating, joyful, spontaneous, and transformative a writing workshop could be. The AWA method has the uncanny ability to elicit cascades of stories, for it deeply honors each writer’s voice. I found myself writing fiction and poetry, two genres I had never considered before. I found myself listening raptly to other writers, who shared rich stories of the places and people of their origins. In my imagination I smelled bread baking in a wood-fired oven, scuffed through leaves in the autumn woods, and journeyed to far-flung lands, all on the wings of others’ words. I wanted more.

 

And so, after more than 20 years in the publishing business as an editor for a variety of nonprofits, corporations, and publishers, I took the plunge and began the AWA training at founder Pat Schneider’s home in Amherst, MA. In 2012 I became a certified facilitator, and since then I have led many weekly workshops, one-day retreats, and weekend retreats in the Washington, DC, metro area. And in March 2015 I added to my repertoire of offerings by becoming a certified Journal to the Self® instructor.

 

Given my love for this work, it seems impossible that there was ever a time when I did not sit in a circle of writers and drink in their stories. It isn't a stretch to say that finding this work changed my life. I invite you to join me for a workshop or retreat. Perhaps it will change yours!

 

Warmly,

Lisa

“You have a voice, just as surely as you have a face, and it is already full of character, passionate and nuanced and beautiful."                –Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and With Others
In Brief . . .

 

  • Certified Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshop facilitator

  • Certified Journal to the Self® instructor

  • More than 20 years’ experience in writing, editing, and publications management

  • M.A., Anthropology & B.A., English

  • Certificate in Publishing Studies

  • Certifed Kripalu DansKinetics®/ YogaRhythmics® instructor

  • Singer with the New Day band

 

Selected Publications