Barbara Baig is a writer whose passion is teaching writing. She created the position of Writing Instructor at the Divinity School at Harvard University, where she taught for two decades, and she's also taught at Lesley University, Boston College, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and elsewhere in the Boston area. She now teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, one of the top-rated, low-residency programs in the country, and for Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Baig's first book, How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play, was published in 2010 by Writer's Digest, and she has written articles on writing for The Writer magazine and Maine in Print, among others. She's also written award-winning poems and songs, fiction, and radio scripts for the WGBH Radio and Public Radio International program Sound & Spirit.
Baig's approach to teaching is based on the principles of expertise training used by top athletes and musicians (and showcased in bestsellers like Outliers and Talent is Overrated). Scientific researchers in the field of expertise studies have demonstrated, over and over again, that excellence in any field is not the result of innate talent; it's the result of great coaching and dedication to practice. Baig delights in showing aspiring and struggling writers how to move towards mastery by practicing skills. She offers free writing lessons on her website, as well as private coaching via phone and email.