You’re a quiet force of nature with stories to tell. You have something important to say, and you desire to share what you know with the world now—not someday.
If the work you do (or want to do) in the world depends on how you express your ideas, share your experience, and make meaningful connections with the people you want to reach, then writing is your best ally!
The times have never been better to share what only you know and only you can tell. And writing is unquestionably the most powerful, accessible and enjoyable way of doing that. Especially if you’re introverted.
A creative studio and writing community for visionary women creators.
Founded by narrative consultant, story strategist and writing facilitator Cigdem Kobu, the Story Arts Studio is a virtual creative studio and boutique writing community for visionary women creatives, coaches, leaders, and entrepreneurs who want change their world with their words.
“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference.”— STEPHEN KING
Here in the Story Arts Studio, you will find it easy to:
- Discern and distinguish the uniqueness of your life experience, innate gifts, professional expertise, and find the best ways to share them with the world.
- Develop and maintain the joyful and consistent writing practice you want and need.
- Find and hone your unmistakable voice with confidence and own it.
- Express your ideas freely and effectively, and feel heard, witnessed, supported, and creatively fulfilled.
- Create from a place of authenticity and be fully, unmistakably, unapologetically you in your expression.
- Deepen your craft and develop new writing skills in an encouraging, judgment-free environment.
- Cultivate the courage and confidence to get out there to be seen and heard as a writer, and develop the tools to navigate, understand, and release fear, doubt and overwhelm.
- Develop the capacity and skills to connect with your readers at a deeper level.
- Connect with like-hearted writers and creative entrepreneurs in an inspiring community that values writing for creative expression, professional growth and personal fulfillment.
- Feel accountable and make progress toward your important writing goals with purpose, power and ease.
- Feel more motivated to write than you can on your own.
- Start and complete your most important writing projects, especially that beautiful book in you.
- Expand your creative circles, enjoy deeper conversations and build essential connections with ease (even if you’re introverted).
“Isolation is the dream killer.”— BARBARA SHER
Being supported to develop a fertile writing practice will not only enrich you creatively and professionally, it’ll also uplift your entire life. And being a part of our unique, nurturing community will not only empower you to bring your words out of your head and onto the page; it’ll also make you a more fulfilled human.
We write, publish and share.
As an introvert-friendly community of creatives, coaches and creative entrepreneurs who write, we value deeper connections, profound conversations, sustainable creativity, and peaceful commerce. As passionate writers, we value practice, process and product equally. This means we write, and we also want to publish and be read.
Writing without support is hard.
But writing and publishing without support and accountability is even harder. Devoting yourself to your writing and investing in your process will ensure that you stay more inspired and motivated than you can on your own. And belonging to a wonderful, sisterly community of other women who write with devotion and intent will help you stay accountable and finally finish writing what matters to you the most.
Writing with support and a nurturing community is game-changing.
Story Arts Studio participants bring to being captivating essays, life-changing books and thriving businesses with joy and ease through establishing a consistent, enjoyable, high-yielding writing practice and having access to valuable resources and dedicated mentors.
“Art happens when you intend it to happen. It happens when you leap with intention… The act is the point, more so than ever.”— ANNE BOGART
What you can expect to find here…
- A nurturing, supportive, galvanizing environment that will transform your writing and creative life.
- Meaningful connections with other women writers and heart-based creative entrepreneurs (who love writing) inside a cozy, supportive, introvert-friendly, non-competitive writing community.
- In-depth support from a trusted, experienced mentor when you most need help or have burning questions.
- The annual Story Arts Book Camp that will get you to go from idea to a fine, finished first draft of your nonfiction book in just 90 days.
- Live Story Arts Writing Groups to keep your pen moving and have your best writing come to life with the support of a wonderful group of writing companions and devoted mentors who will make a real difference in your writing and storytelling.
- Monthly “Writing & Tea” live studio sessions (audio) with a new amazing guest facilitator each time and the opportunity to enjoy 90 minutes of deep writing, deep connection, deep creativity (and a lot of tea) from the comfort of your home. (Starting Fall 2019)
- The curated and regularly updated “Submit Your Writing” directory consisting of an incredibly valuable, painstakingly-curated collection of links, deadlines, guidelines, and tips for submitting your nonfiction pieces to some of the best online and print publications, journals, anthologies, and contests, so you can get more visible through your writing. (Starting July 1)
- The uniquely valuable weekly SPARKS letter you can subscribe for free—a weekly resource that is guaranteed to spark your creativity and fuel your writing each week.
- The Good Questions program and writing circle only Story Arts subscribers have free access to.
- Access to a rich rolodex of resources, tools and a creative network that will save you much time and energy on your writing and publishing path.
What you WON’T find here…
- Hype, same old tips, generic resources, or irrelevant offers.
- Random information dump without hands-on guidance, a strategic vision or real connection.
- Just another class or course you won’t complete!
- Writing groups where the leader doesn’t show up or isn’t active.
- Crowded events where you feel lost, invisible, overwhelmed, or neglected.
- Too much happening at the same time without the space for making real progress and bringing projects to completion.
“It’s not a competition; it’s a doorway.”— MARY OLIVER
Three Things You Can Do Today to Start Your Story Arts Journey
Here are the three things to do today if you want to make sure you don’t miss any of the important happenings in the Story Arts Studio and you hear about the newest writing groups, exclusive resources and get the first dibs.
1. Sign up for the weekly Sparks letter.
Starting your week with SPARKS is like filling your creative tank with high octane fuel! It’ll inspire and support you to write and create what matters throughout the week. A long-time fan of the letter says it’s one of the best, most useful newsletters on writing and creativity she’s ever had.
When you sign up, you’ll also get free, complimentary access to the online program called Good Questions: Explore Your Next Act on the Creative Path as well as the private writing group that comes with it.
2. Check out the upcoming Story Arts writing groups and read what participants say.
Take a quick look at our events area to find out about the upcoming Story Arts writing groups and workshops. Some of our programs have limited seats that are sold out pretty fast, so make sure you reserve your seat for the events that are calling you. You’ll also see a few on-demand programs.
(By the way, you have a coupon waiting for you when you sign up for the weekly SPARKS letter. It’s in the welcome email we send you after you confirm your subscription.)
Events: Story Arts Writing Groups & Programs
Testimonials: How Participants Describe Their Experience
3. Explore the Story Arts coaching and consulting services.
In addition to writing groups, we also offer 1-on-1 Story Arts coaching and consulting sessions and story strategy audits for women writers, creatives, coaches, and creative entrepreneurs. Check out the Story Arts services to see which one you’d benefit from.
“Without momentum, you would have the experience of always starting over with each new creation. With momentum, you add energy and force to the next result you want to create.”— ROBERT FRITZ
About Cigdem Kobu, the Founder
Cigdem Kobu is a narrative consultant, story strategist and writing facilitator who works with women creatives, coaches and entrepreneurs around the globe who want to tell unmissable stories in life, business and art.
Cigdem’s clients and students bring to being captivating essays, life-changing books and thriving businesses with joy and ease through establishing a consistent, enjoyable, high-yielding writing practice, finding and owning their unmistakable voice with confidence, and creating what matters to them and the people they want to help.
“Cigdem creates a vibrant space for women’s voices in a world that feels increasingly hostile to those voices.”—BRIDGETT MCKINNEY JENSEN, Writer
After graduating from the Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, Cigdem first studied Media & Advertising and then completed her Film Studies with a concentration in Scriptwriting & Directing. She, then, moved to Berlin, Germany, where she resided for three years.
Upon her return to her hometown, she served in various positions in the communication, education and publishing industries in established institutions such as the American Board, Redhouse Publishing, and Hurriyet Media for more than two decades. In the meantime, she also translated 33 fiction and nonfiction books into English and Turkish, helping Turkish authors get known and read in Europe and the U.S., and American and British authors reach a new audience in a foreign language.
Cigdem relocated to the USA in 2010 where she founded her consulting and education company, Peaceful Triumphs LLC. Since then, she has helped almost half a thousand women creatives, coaches and entrepreneurs across the globe write, create and tell their stories with more ease and impact through her online classes, writing groups, story strategy workshops, and coaching/consulting services.
Cigdem is an INFP, incurable bookaholic, Earl Grey drinker, fledgling collage artist, Mama to G.D. and Oma to Noah. She lives with Mr. Right and Mochi-the-Cat close to her beloved Delaware River in Central New Jersey, surrounded with beautiful forests, picturesque farmland and small, quaint Victorian towns.
“You cannot be anywhere in Cigdem’s sphere of influence without being compelled and propelled into action and transformation.”—RONNA DETRICK, Writer & Speaker
- Everything is practice, everything is progress.
- Practice, not perfection.
- Clarity creates courage.
- Your creative path is fluid, and it’s your birthright to change your mind, your focus or your direction.
- Deep work, deep rest, deep play.
- Work is love made visible. (Kahlil Gibran)
- Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. (Alan Keightley)
- Women’s work is always toward wholeness. (May Sarton)
- Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry. (Leonard Koren)
- Isolation is the dream killer. (Barbara Sher)
- When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. (Rumi)
- We’re all walking each other home. (Ram Dass)
- Freedom (can’t stand rigid rules, formulas, or the “same-old, same-old”)
- Depth (wholehearted, intelligent convos; zero tolerance for fluff)
- Truth (clarity creates courage; allergic to hype and manipulation)
- Curiosity (living to learn, explore, iterate, grow)
- Simplicity (simple always wins)
- Connection (truer, deeper, lasting)
- Beauty (in everything)
- Service (people first, business later)
- Joy (life and business feel better with play and fun)
- A magpie who loves collecting: books, vintage textiles, Andersen Design Studio creamic birds and seals, fossils, kaleidoscopes.
- A geek who learned website design and html on her own and who can write code for hours in bliss.
- An immigrant American who is originally from Istanbul, Turkey.
- Loves making things with her hands.
- Reads six to eight books each month.
- Is said to sometimes dance like Elaine Benes.
- Learned to fly a two-seater Cessna before learning to drive a car.
- As a child, used to dream of joining a circus and travel the world.
- Likes tiny everything—cars, houses, miniatures.
- Vegetarian since January 2019.
- Married twice—the second time with the love of her life, who traced and found her again after 18 years.
- Unlike her Mom, does not have a green thumb.
- Loves red everything: red shoes, red glasses, red cars, and yet, dresses in black.
- Her guilty TV pleasure is BBC’s Escape to the Country series.
- Dreams of living one day in Devon or Cornwall in the U.K.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”— MAYA ANGELOU