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Elizabeth Perlman
Founder & Executive Director of The Intuitive Writing Project

I love writing. Writing is how I think, how I learn, how I breathe. Again and again, writing has saved my life. It's still saving me.

I completed my first story, "Bloody Merder," (WHY IS SPELLING IS SO HARD?!) when I was eight. At ten, I started keeping a nightly journal. By the time I was in high school, I was writing every night for hours. Despite the chaos around me, it was writing that kept me sane. In the space between those thin blue lines, I found my own voice. But my story isn’t that different from anyone else’s. Every girl is on the same quest, the same “heroine’s journey” to learn and grow and live her truth.

I believe that human beings are both deeply wise and profoundly heroic, but that we usually can’t see it. Usually, we need some kind of evidence. I believe our stories are the evidence. I believe our stories contain our Magic. And I believe that storytelling is how we heal, uplift and redesign our lives.


In Case You Want To Know About My Education & Work Stuff, Yadda, Yadda

I earned a BA in Media Arts & Film from the University of South Carolina, after which I completed a two year program in Art Direction & Design for Advertising at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. I also studied for two years at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NY, where I was ordained an interfaith minster. For over ten years, I worked as a designer and art director, telling the "visual stories of the brand" for companies like BBDO, Nike, and West Elm. Then, with the recession of 2008, I got the chance to start over, to go back to school and study the thing I'd always been most passionate about:  the power of writing to heal and transform.

 

At JFK University, I completed my MA in Transformative Arts, the study of creative expression as a tool for personal growth. It was during this time that I was certified as a Group Leader in the Amherst Writing Method, the writing philosophy that would become the foundation of my own transformative writing program, The Intuitive Writing Project.

In Case You Want To Know About The Intuitive Writing Project

The Intuitive Writing Project is a writing-based empowerment program for teenage girls and gender-expansive youth. I created this organization because it was what I wanted and needed when I was young. Although I first hatched the idea at 19, it took me another twenty years to actually step forward and (true to my own tagline) “declare what I know to be true.” Today, our programs are the synthesis of everything I've learned as a woman—but wished I had learned in high school.

In Case You Want To Know Why I Often Roll (and/or Cartwheel) Down Hills, Which May Be The Only Important Thing To Know About Me

Like the chicken who crossed the road, I do it to feel the earth spin. I just think it’s really weird that, most of the time, we can’t feel the earth spin, especially when you consider that we’re whirling through space at a thousand miles per hour! (AAAAA!!!) Rolling down hills reminds me of the bigger truth, that we're all little sparks of light, flying through the infinite cosmos on a tiny blue marble.