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Black Rainbow
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Brutal Lives
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2011
The Beanstalks That have Brought Us Here Are Gone
2010
A Narrow Way
2010
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The Brother Brothers and Nick Jaina at The Tractor Tavern (September 10, 2019)
Venue: The Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA, US) Find tickets
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The Brother Brothers with Nick Jaina at Mississippi Studios (September 12, 2019)
Venue: Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR, US) Find tickets
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The Brother Brothers with Nick Jaina, John Elliot, and John Elliott at Bottom of the Hill (September 15, 2019)
Venue: Bottom of the Hill (San Francisco, CA, US) Find tickets
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The Brother Brothers with Nick Jaina at Moroccan Lounge (September 17, 2019)
Venue: Moroccan Lounge (Los Angeles, CA, US) Find tickets
Nick Jaina Jun 27, 2019
My new album Black Rainbow is available everywhere albums are available. Digitally, that is. It's only available digitally for now. The best place to listen is at www.nickjaina.bandcamp.com but it's also available on Spotify and iTunes and all those places.
Nick Jaina Jun 18, 2019
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Nick Jaina Jun 18, 2019
I have a new album coming out 6.21.19. Neither cow nor crow can stop the release of Black Rainbow this Friday, my new album that is a collaboration between me and percussionist @danielcharleshunt — he comes into the studio with a box of junk store items, bells, springs, kids’ toys, and antique metal contraptions. He keeps this box next to him, but from my perspective it’s blocked by his drum kit, so we’ll be working on a song and say, “Maybe this...” and he reaches down to pull something out and I have no idea if it’ll be a box of nails or a prototype military octopus or a garage door opener. But it always works for that particular song and I never see that object again save for in my dreams where it is carried by a man on a pale horse.
Nick Jaina May 09, 2019
The Modes of Writing is my online workshop. It provides comfort for those facing the scary void of their souls as they try to put something honest on the page. It is eight weeks of instruction, accountability, support, and encouragement, and at the end of it, each student will complete a piece of writing. There is now a BASIC and ADVANCED version of the class, to accommodate those with different needs. Both are like a big hug mixed with a kick in the pants. More information at www.nickjaina.com
Nick Jaina Apr 03, 2019
I have a couple spots open for the next session of my Modes of Writing online workshop. It starts this Sunday, April 7th and runs for 8 weeks. How does it work? We have a one-hour video group chat every Sunday night where I talk about the theme for the week. They are big themes like Dialogue and Place, and the intent is to give us the freedom to write in a specific area for a week with confidence that we can put them all together and stitch them into something cohesive. The goal is for each of us to work towards finishing one piece. Usually when we read good writing we think it must have come effortlessly from their fingers as a fully-formed story, but in my experience I don't think that's ever the case. You have to dive in different directions to push at the boundaries of what your writing can be. My goal with these groups is to offer accountability, some guidance, some momentum, to send you off on a course of writing for two months. We start with the very beginning part, just a list of things that are catching our eye. Then we spin those into characters and stories, always trusting that if we are interested in a thing, it has some value to it. Modes of Writing: www.nickjaina.com
Nick Jaina Apr 02, 2019
My Modes of Writing online workshop starts this Sunday and runs for 8 weeks. I still have a couple of slots open for this intimate group of writers who develop ideas and work through a piece together based off of themes and suggestions from me. It’s a great way to develop some discipline and get a short story or essay out of it. Only $175. Link in bio. #writinginspiration #writingworkshop #creativewriting
Nick Jaina Mar 19, 2019
The next session of my Modes of Writing online workshop starts April 7th and runs for 8 weeks. How does it work? We have a one-hour video conference every Sunday night where I talk about the theme for the week that I'd like people to focus on in their writing. They are big, wide themes like Dialogue and Place, and the intent is to give us the freedom to write in a specific area for a week with confidence that we can put them all together at the end and stitch them into something cohesive. Usually when we read good writing we think it must have come effortlessly from their fingers as a fully-formed story, but in my experience I don't think that's ever the case. You have to dive in different directions to push at the boundaries of what your writing can be. My goal with these groups is to offer accountability, some guidance, some momentum, to send you off on a course of writing for two months. We start with the very beginning part, just a list of things that are catching our eye. Then we spin those into characters and stories, always trusting that if we are interested in a thing, it has some value to it. I've been so pleased with the students who've given their time to this process and pushed through the frustrations and come out the end of it with a piece with which they are surprised and pleased. Modes of Writing. Find the registration information on my website. Ask me questions about it. Recommend it to a friend. Thank you. http://nickjaina.com/modes-of-writing
Nick Jaina Mar 18, 2019
The next session of my Modes of Writing online workshop starts April 7th and runs for 8 weeks. How does it work? We have a one-hour video conference every Sunday night where I talk about the theme for the week that I'd like people to focus on in their writing. They are big, wide themes like Dialogue and Place, and the intent is to give us the freedom to write in a specific area for a week with confidence that we can put them all together at the end and stitch them into something cohesive. Usually when we read good writing we think it must have come effortlessly from their fingers as a fully-formed story, but in my experience I don't think that's ever the case. You have to dive in different directions to push at the boundaries of what your writing can be. My goal with these groups is to offer accountability, some guidance, some momentum, to send you off on a course of writing for two months. We start with the very beginning part, just a list of things that are catching our eye. Then we spin those into characters and stories, always trusting that if we are interested in a thing, it has some value to it. I've been so pleased with the students who've given their time to this process and pushed through the frustrations and come out the end of it with a piece with which they are surprised and pleased. Modes of Writing. Find the registration information on my website. Ask me questions about it. Recommend it to a friend. Thank you.
Nick Jaina Mar 18, 2019
The next session of my Modes of Writing online workshop starts April 7th and runs for 8 weeks. How does it work? We have a one-hour video conference every Sunday night where I talk about the theme for the week that I'd like people to focus on in their writing. They are big, wide themes like Dialogue and Place, and the intent is to give us the freedom to write in a specific area for a week with confidence that we can put them all together at the end and stitch them into something cohesive. Usually when we read good writing we think it must have come effortlessly from their fingers as a fully-formed story, but in my experience I don't think that's ever the case. You have to dive in different directions to push at the boundaries of what your writing can be. My goal with these groups is to offer accountability, some guidance, some momentum, to send you off on a course of writing for two months. We start with the very beginning part, just a list of things that are catching our eye. Then we spin those into characters and stories, always trusting that if we are interested in a thing, it has some value to it. I've been so pleased with the students who've given their time to this process and pushed through the frustrations and come out the end of it with a piece with which they are surprised and pleased. Modes of Writing. Find the registration information on my website. Ask me questions about it. Recommend it to a friend. Thank you.
Nick Jaina Feb 27, 2019
I've modified the format of my online writing course a bit. Now we each take a new idea and work on it week-by-week with the goal of having a finished piece at the end of the eight-week course. Each week I focus on a different theme or "mode" of writing, like the way you focus on a different muscle group when exercising or practicing for a dance. By the end each student edits together their different explorations into a cohesive piece. And we do it together, so you have accountability and allyship. Registration is open now for the next course, which starts April 7th. Class size is kept small so that everyone gets a chance to share and be heard. http://nickjaina.com/modes-of-writing
Nick Jaina Jan 15, 2019
If, as a writer, you feel the pain of banging your head against the wall with only a thin leather helmet while men in suits watch you and laugh, then you are not alone. Writing is full of a lot of THAT. It's embarrassing and humbling and overwhelming. I spent every morning of the last two years psyching myself up just to face the page for the day, to show up for the characters of my novel and tell their story. I'm offering another iteration of my online writing workshop for those of you who are banging your head against the wall. I'd like to offer some structure, some accountability, some positivity. We have a video conference Sunday nights and I give assignments through the week and check in on you to see how you're doing. It's not so scary! It's actually life-changing when you realize that you can command words on a page to tell stories and honor the whims of characters. http://nickjaina.com/modes-of-writing/
Nick Jaina Aug 31, 2018
Do you want to be writing, but can't create the space in your day, can't quiet the inner critic, can't produce anything that rises above mundane journal entries? Do you need some accountability, inspiration, and structure? An 8-week online class might be the thing for you. I give you a theme for each week, based off a "mode" of writing that I have developed in my own research and experience. The goal is to allow the different parts of your psyche room to come out and not stifle it or think of yourself as crazy. You are not crazy. You have a unique perspective on the world. Writing is valuable to your own development, and the spread of new ideas is how we can improve the world. Join me Sundays or Mondays in October and November for the Modes of Writing online workshop.
Nick Jaina Jul 09, 2018
The Modes of Writing: An 8 Week Online Workshop with Nick Jaina Focusing on the rather large gap in writing instruction that lies between inspiration and mechanics... How do we write consistently when we often find ourselves in different moods from hour to hour, when our focus shifts, when the words we write seem brilliant one moment and trite the next? Using guides from symbology like the Tarot, I've been working with an eight step process that rewards us for containing multitudes, than honors the craziness we all feel at times. Registering now for the August/ September session. Written correspondence with the group throughout the week. A video discussion Monday evenings that is recorded for those who can't make it. I aim to be an ally in your writing process. http://nickjaina.com/modes-of-writing
Nick Jaina Jul 09, 2018
I teach writing because it is important work. It literally saves lives. When people read stories they identify with, they feel less crazy, less alone. When writers empathize with people and creatures different from them, they learn to be kinder to the world. If you want to feel less crazy, kinder, more grounded, please join me in a weekly writing workshop. It costs about the same as a yoga membership. I'd love to have you.
Nick Jaina Jul 09, 2018
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Nick Jaina Jul 09, 2018
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Nick Jaina Mar 26, 2018
If you are trying to start a writing project, or you are in the midst of one, or you are trying to get your arms around a bunch of writing to pull it together, I want to help. I am offering special monthly subscriptions for one-on-one writing coaching and editing. Weekly check-in sessions by phone to give you direction, inspiration, and accountability. I am here at your service. http://nickjaina.com/writing-club/
Nick Jaina Feb 24, 2018
Hello, I'd like to invite you to join my new writing club. It's a free email every week discussing the strange details of the writing process. How to harness the wilderness and ride it like a dragon. http://nickjaina.com/writing-club/
Nick Jaina Jun 12, 2017
I'm teaching a workshop in Portland on June 24th with the brilliant mythologist and healer Olivia Pepper. We will talk about producing transformative writing in these crazy times. We have decided to make this class open to everyone of any economic means, which means if you want to come, name your price and come. Olivia will unspool some important, rare, and un-Googleable knowledge, so I strongly recommend you join us. https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=76763
Nick Jaina Apr 11, 2017
I am looking for six brave people in Portland who want to get their writing project off the ground. I will be there for you, to connect the dots, inspire you, prompt you, make you snacks, soundtrack your writing sessions. http://nickjaina.com/writing-workshop/
Nick Jaina Feb 24, 2017
I'm leading a writing workshop in Wichita, Kansas from March 4th to March 19th. http://nickjaina.com/
Nick Jaina Jan 24, 2017
I'm hosting a 4-hour writing workshop this Saturday in Portland. Everyone is welcome to join, whether they studied writing in college or have always been unsure how to start. The focus is on getting over fears so that we can just write, and building structure and good habits so we can keep writing. http://nickjaina.com/writing-workshop/
Nick Jaina Dec 12, 2016
My live appearances this week...
Nick Jaina Nov 28, 2016
I'm playing West Coast shows in December with Max Barcelow on drums. Featuring projected images of hearts and brains. Lectures! Songs! Storyjokes! Strutting!
Nick Jaina Sep 16, 2016
My new album Brutal Lives is now available on Spotify, iTunes and everywhere digital albums are sold. A strange intimate experiment. Recommended if you like Broken Social Scene, James Blake. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brutal-lives/id1143181635