Six Weeks to Liberate Your Voice, Map Your Memoir and Write Chapter One

I’m so excited you are feeling called to liberate your voice, outline your book and complete your first chapter! 

Here’s the story: 

I’m bringing a small group of committed writers together in early May to map an achievable path to completing their book in the next year. How would it feel to know that you won’t let another year pass without finally finishing your book?  

During our six weeks together, we’ll craft a strong guiding outline and set a clear intention and  direction for your entire journey, using the same opening structure as my yearlong Memoir Lab. My co-teacher and I will hold you through the emotional process of uncovering your most compelling stories where they live in your body, and help you create an energetic container to support that journey through completion of your manuscript.  

If you’re anything like most of my students, you’re highly gifted – a natural leader, healer,  storyteller, teacher, artist, performer and/or mystic with a secret identity as a writer. 

You’re also likely a perfectionist in almost everything. And although these high standards and attention to detail have gotten you far in your professional life, they’re not supporting your writing. 

You’re ready to liberate your voice and untether your creative power, to write the deeper truth of your experience and learn to craft it into a page turner. You’re ready to stop holding back from fully embodying your soul’s work, to bring your highest energy into the world through your story.

You're standing on the brink... 

You’re moving towards being seen in your full power, ready to be known, once your book is published. This both thrills and terrifies you. 

And with that inner battle raging on, another year can slip by without a book to show for it.

What if instead you had the support to set a clear direction, an outline and even a finished first chapter in a few weeks? More importantly, what if you had the energetic and magical support to push through blocks and trauma that once shut you down, to finally share your story with the world? 

You can build that resilience, and our coaching can help. 

Enter: Author Up! - Six weeks to Liberate Your Writer’s Voice, Create an Outline and  Complete Your First Chapter 

If you give my team six weeks, we’ll help you unleash your voice, identify your soulmate reader, write a table of contents, map a strong guiding outline, and finish your first chapter.

The most critical steps in writing a compelling memoir or non-fiction book occur up front. A clear initial intention empowers you with agency and a path forward for the entire journey. 

Whether you are invited to continue on with us in Memoir Lab, or you move forward on your own, you’ll walk away from these six weeks with an introduction or prologue, your first chapter and a pathway to completion


"Tanya has been the ancient midwife of my story. She cradled me, wept with me, sang me through my grief, coaxed my words, and gently guided me to the courage to birth my voice. She once said to me, ‘I can’t promise you safety here.’ In its place, she supported me in the ultimate radical soul liberation -- the telling of my story.”

– Melissa Kaplan

Somatic Therapist and Author


In our six weeks together, you will:

  • Join six 90-minute weekly live virtual workshopping sessions to create your aligned energetic writing container

  • Complete writing exercises and curriculum from Memoir Lab to identify your key narratives and structure an embodied outline 

  • Write and receive feedback on chapter one from me and my team of gifted Story Coaches

  • Uncover your true “author identity,” and your secret reason for writing the book (likely  deeper than you consciously know) 

  • Land on your unique, individualized process for writing your stories and holding space  for your emotional experiences 

  • Access to our Somatic Writing™ community including private slack channel and facebook for peer feedback, discussions and support

  • We will also support you with access to our many private classes closed to all but Author Up and Memoir Lab authors.

I want you to experience your dream fulfilled: your book written, published, and launched into  the world. I want you to see how your life expands, the magic that follows. 

I know you're very particular, and only want to work with other driven and inspiring humans. Let us jumpstart your writing process with support that’s as potent as you. 

I’m a completion coach -- it’s the most powerful aspect of my story medicine. I’ve helped over a thousand people finish their memoirs, nonfiction books, and solo stage shows for the last  twenty-one years. If you know finishing your book is the doorway to the highest expression of  your soul, I’m ready to help you walk through it.

We’ll meet Tuesdays starting on June 21st from 10-11:30 AM CT to build the structure that will carry you through a finished memoir or hybrid nonfiction book. Class recordings will be available and accessible 24/7 for review during the program.

I’m also offering a bonus writing retreat for clients who Pay in Full - A six hour Retreat with me on a Saturday to dive deep into your story and shatter internal blocks to progress. We can only support a limited number of writers at a time, so Author Up! and the retreat is first come, first served.

How much energy would you get back if you had a defined plan to finish your book next year?

I’m excited to support you in stepping into your highest self.  

With love and magic,  


Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 AM CT

June 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26

Pay in Full BONUS

Somatic Writing Retreat 
Six -hour Saturday writing retreat with Tanya
10AM - 4PM CT
Saturday, June 25, 2022 

Author Up!

Six weeks to Liberate Your Writer’s Voice, Create an Outline and Complete Your First Chapter

Tanya holds a sacred and vital space where others can come more fully alive. Her writing processes are profound and spiritual. They access not only the root stories of our lives, but also uncover and reclaim visions and dreams we may have long forgotten or lost. Tanya builds community and welcomes the uniqueness of each of our voices.

– Teresa Whitaker

Storyteller, Finding Home Productions

Tanya is a masterful facilitator! I love the structure that she brings -- her guided visualizations, the way she threads in spiritual wisdom with trauma-informed writing, and her gentle encouragement to go deep and not be afraid of what emerges. This approach integrated key lessons around my writing and creative self: to practice self-compassion around wherever I am at in my writing process, to bring a sense of pleasure and discovery to my writing, and to trust in the support and wisdom that my body, my ancestors, and the earth herself gifts me with when I am still enough to listen.

– Yael Flusberg

Yoga Therapist & Resilience Coach

Tanya’s program has helped me uncover poetry and myths in my body, relationships, lineage, and soul that I had no idea were there. Each week I craft new narratives and rewrite old ones, composting and penning personal stories that are empowering, mystical, healing, and full of life. This process has helped me connect to my essence as a writer and as a woman.

– Sara Vos

Creative Director at Vos Holistic Services

From late 2013 to July 2014, I trekked from Boulder to Santa Fe for a monthly Author It! workshop with Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and Candace Walsh, my first encounter with serious coaching for writers. I was burdened with a challenging and controversial book in development on how to localize the food supply, and knew I needed professional guidance to get through the hurdles of publishing. By the end of the course I was able to craft a full-blown book proposal (with longish chapter synopses and five sample chapters), and confident enough to present it to two publishers who I greatly respected. The thoughtful analysis, detailed input and line edits that Tanya and Candace brought to my proposal and sample chapters were rigorous and extremely helpful, and brought my work up to a high enough standard to be given serious consideration. I signed a book contract in August 2014 and was even able to secure a decent advance. But the unexpected bonus during the process was that Tanya made it clear she could see I was also capable of delivering very different and much more soulful work that would reach many more people, and that I was destined to move in that direction. Her gentle but persistent encouragement has inspired me to subsequently deepen my writing, and I am grateful to be able to collaborate with her now in taking my work to a whole new level, in the form of memoir (unfamiliar territory for me). I trust that a year or so from now I will know that the resulting book is what I was born to write—and would not even attempt this without Tanya's steady hand on the tiller.

– Michael Brownlee

The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times 
(North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 2016)

“Tanya gave us the space to open up and believe that we all have an important story to tell. She gave us permission to be our truest, messiest, and most magnificent selve and then helped us get it all written down. Tanya also has a knack for attracting high-frequency, extraordinarily successful people from all walks of life - from doctors to therapists to well known actors on TV- and it has been a gift of a lifetime to become part of a community of writers with all of them.”

– Eva DeVirgilis

Actor, playwright, TED speaker


Tanya has a gift and that gift is to help you find the deepest truth, and then she holds your feet to the fire until you tell it to the best of your ability.


Being in the group is so supportive -- taking the isolation out of being a writer, and also out of the past I’m writing about in which I felt so alone. It's helping me find the voice I lost as a child, or probably more accurately never had or developed, and giving it the space to develop now."

– Diana Lightmoon

Psychotherapist & Writer