In the most simple words: it is a facilitated process of developing your unique voice and your writing practice created to align with who you are and what you need at the moment.
Why do you need me?
The inevitable archetype in every story is the voice of a mentor. I chose the word voice purposefully for a mentor doesn't have to embody a physical form. Heroines and heroes receive guidance in various ways. Writers commit to a life-long writer's journey, on which, at some point, they wish for a road map or the guidance of a teacher.
Should you encounter me along your writer's journey, I will bring twenty years of experience in teaching languages and literary art, twenty-four years of reading the language of stars, five years in managing a literary journal, and a few years of teaching yoga. I share everything I know to support your journey, and because I know that every writing process is unique, I work with writers individually. I meet you wherever you are, sprinkle you with some pixie dust, and together, we move forward.
I divided my holistic mentoring programs into three different levels: Lighthouse, Chariot, and Waves, based on where you might be on your writer's journey and the main elements we will work with. However, we create the structure of your program together to support your needs.
Tuitions are calculated based on the intensity of the selected program and the frequency of the live sessions. The rates start at $150 a month.
Scroll down to read about the levels.
"Alexandra offers thoughtful critique and suggestions that encourage and inspire my thinking."
"After talking to Alexandra, inside of five minutes, you will understand how dedicated she is to craft of writing. She has a true passion for characters and suggests creative and unique ways to help them come alive on the page."
"Alex has helped me release my soul with writing, I am ever grateful for her teachings, advice, and encouragement."
Stories come from the vast ocean of the mind in which imagination and experience merge, in which the personal and the collective blur and lose edges.
With the help of the water element or from the depths of the water, we create. However, to share our stories, we first need to anchor them to a tangible form; we need to give them edges.
In the Lighthouse program, I will help you transform the overwhelming need to tell a story into a real first draft. We will dive into that ocean of creativity and swim on, exploring your potentials. Even when I push you beyond what you expected, I will be your safe Lighthouse on the shore.
During a minimum of three months, we'll move through the water and earth elements to transform your thoughts and feelings into a physical material you can later perfect. You will see your story forming and tune into the melody of your unique voice.
Lidia Yuknavitch teaches us that we must first write the story and then make art out of it.
In the Chariot program, we evoke the fire element to make art. We master the craft. We master our resistance. And what is most important, we learn how to govern the creative fire.
Chariot is the most intense part of the process, the one that requires dedication and trust, and patience for the inevitable future of trial and error. Also, this is the part of the journey where most talented writers give up.
For Chariot, I ask for at least six months of trust and commitment. Writing is a process that, similar to Yin Yoga, requires time, stillness, and resolve.
To make WAVES and ride them, we need to evoke the element of air! We need a warm and quick gust of wind to help us move and play and soar to the heights we thought were unreachable.
In the WAVES program, I work with writers who are comfortable with their voice and have mastered the craft. I literally become a gust of wind: I push you off your nest and show you that you can fly. I make you explore possibilities. I show you how to see the vastness of the sky.
HOW CAN WE DO THIS DIFFERENTLY is the signature question of my soul and the core of my mission as a writing teacher. WAVES are my synthesis of all five elements (in Ayurveda, we distinguish ether or space as the fifth element in nature) and the synthesis of everything I absorbed over 30 years of learning creative writing.
In this program, you can work with me whenever you “feel” the WAVES. Month-to-month or in 12-week cycles.