You are an absolutely amazing teacher. I learned more from you in one day than I did in my year-long writing intensive. —Karen Terrell
Tanja has the amazing talent of creating a totally positive and magical environment where writers can feel comfortable and confident enough to share their most intimate work while giving deeply reflective and creative feedback. –S.S.
Thank you sooo much for this class!!! You’ve provided me with answers to questions I did not even know I needed to ask. I feel what I learned from you on the very first module was worth the price of the entirety of the course. –Marcella Moy
Thank you so much for this wonderful class! It has not only helped me shape my story and helped me to see in my mind’s eye how it will unfold, but it has really motivated me to get it written and out there. I really needed both the instruction and the motivational push to do it. Thank you! –Sandi York
Thanks so much Tanja, for a truly fabulous, and powerfully helpful workshop!!! –T.A.
There must be a better word than service to describe what Tanja Pajevic does for her clients. Tanja is a mentor, a teacher, a supporter, an enabler, as well as a remarkable writer. Her guidance and coaching ability have helped me to transform my writing, grow as an author, and fulfill lifelong dreams. –Benita Glickman, author of Greetings from the Other Side: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Afterlife, Then and Now and the soon to be published, Living Between Two Worlds
The course lessons on the craft of writing memoir are clear, organized, and grounded in experience. Tanja provides a very thorough step-by-step guide from inception to completion of your memoir. She is able to meet each writer where they are, while offering generous and skillful guidance. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better mentor for this process, as she creates a safe space to develop as a writer, explore vulnerable moments, and make meaningful progress on my work. –Julie Badal
Tanja’s class was just what I needed to get my memoir off the ground, especially a memoir about grief. She not only gave me tips and tricks for writing, but I also gained some life coaching hacks that I will use with my inner critic and be able to pass that onto to my clients. She also created a nurturing and safe container for all of our stories. She’s compassionate, wise, and encouraging. She truly believes in the power of getting your story out into the world for not only your sake but for your readers who will be blessed by your story. –Beth Erlander
I am so grateful that at 8 weeks I am fully organized and have a regular writing routine. At this rate, I will have my first draft of the book completed within 2 months. I am so grateful for the support and help to get me where I am today! So thank you, Tanja Pajevic and my fellow writers for helping me get where I am today! And, I am really, really enjoying the writing and feeling quite delighted by how this is turning out. –Elena Davis
I wanted to tell you how much I loved this class! It’s been so helpful in so many ways… this class gave me the tools ( big rocks, etc.) to write this myself. It helped me identify the themes, the arc and other elements that all story telling have in common but this story felt overwhelming before the class, now it feels manageable. –Celeste Donohue
As a beginning writer now with a lot of discrete stand-alone stories triggered by strong memories and events, I’ve yearned for a better understanding of how one might use this material to produce an overall narrative and book. This course directly addressed my need in this regard. It not only clearly addressed what types of structure might work best for a memoir, but it also gave me an understanding of the subsequent component steps necessary to develop a memoir based upon that structure choice. Overall, the course was very much about explaining and illustrating the process one needs to use to develop a memoir—very useful to me and worth recommending to a friend. Thank you, Tanja! –C.B.
I will recommend this course to friends who are working on memoir because of the high level of professionalism and skill it brings to the work of students. I was educated, inspired, supported and encouraged. I came to the course because my memoir has gone through several revisions but is still not doing what it needs to do to work. Now I have direction and focus to move forward. I think the material, organization, and presentation…course design…were excellent because I saw the interconnectedness between all modules and benefited from the progress built in. The only problem is that the course ends, but that is remedied by the availability of the modules and the offer of future courses….you are a wonderful teacher. — Grace Gibbons
My book has sat on a shelf for literally years. Tanja has given me the support, confidence and, especially, the information I need to get it out into the world. . . the course has helped incredibly! –Jennifer Hinton
Tanja has been extraordinarily helpful to me in my process of sharing my story …. I enthusiastically recommend Tanja as a Book Coach to anyone who is considering writing a book of any kind! — Katherine Ann Kantrell
I am so grateful to work with Tanja, not only because she clearly found what my manuscript needed, but also because she taught me much about writing rules and rhythm. She reignited a light in me that believes not only in achieving this project, but making it successful. Much gratitude for the brilliant support. —Patrice Bazile
Tanja helped me jumpstart my ‘book,” the one that’s been lying around in my office on sticky notes and scraps of paper for 22 years. She’s a master at conveying the process of writing, how to focus and what to do when you’re starting to go in circles and feel overwhelmed. I’ve gotten perfect coaching and great tools to stay on task, but more than that, insights into both the mechanics and heart of writing that bring me wholeheartedly into the process. –-Kim Mooney
The support, accountability, and structure of the mastermind group helped me meet my goal of completing my manuscript. Tanja has a gift for creating a supportive community. –Christine M. Tracy
Memoir Mastermind is the writing program I have been seeking for years. Tanja’s class provides structure, supportive feedback, accountability check ins, and a community of encouraging and diligent writers. You will leave this program with clarity around your project, awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, and a much better understanding of how to successfully complete your manuscript. –E.A.
The Memoir Mastermind journey has been not only educational, but has also provided the space for all of the participants to build a community that will be treasured long after our books are published. Tanja’s guidance and coaching brought us so much closer to fulfilling the dream of telling our stories using the craft of memoir. I can’t imagine getting this far without the Mastermind experience! –Cindy Powell
Tanja’s Mastermind course provides support and discourse in a safe environment. The growth as a writer and a reader has been instrumental on my writing journey. It has allowed me to find insight regarding my project as well as skills and tools to better design my book. The Mastermind course creates camaraderie that is supportive, loving and gentle. The generosity of the other attendees and mutual support of one another’s projects creates a true wonderful community. –Jessica Stokes
Tanja is more a “book therapist” than coach because she’s experienced firsthand a writer’s inner critic saying, “No one wants to hear your story.” Offering the perfect balance of “Do better” with “You can do it,” she’s capable of simply getting authors to sit butt in chair and write. Even as a professional writer myself, I couldn’t have committed to my memoir without her compassionate guidance. –Heather Mundt
I give Tanja my highest recommendation … She is one of the few people I have hired solely on the strength of her writing and course design, before even meeting her. I have yet to question my decision, for Tanja is easily the standout instructor in our department: her evaluations are consistently high and her students perform well in their courses at the higher levels of the curriculum. I wish I had four more Tanjas to replace some of the other instructors I have on staff. — Jake Adam York, University of Colorado Denver (deceased)