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The Mastery Path
for writers who seek excellence

Barbara Baig is the creator of The Mastery Path for Writers, a new approach to learning to write that focuses on achieving excellence through deliberate practice.

This approach is grounded in the findings of research scientists in the field of expertise studies, especially Professor K. Anders Ericsson (featured in the best-sellers Talent is Overrated and Outliers). These scientists have shown that people who become great in a particular field are not naturally gifted. Instead, they have developed their skills through years of focused, intentional practice. Although not every aspiring writer can become great, we can all take our skills to higher levels using the same approach as experts in other fields, such as professional athletes and musicians. All we need to do is practice.

Barbara is an expert writing teacher and coach, having honed her skills over thirty years of teaching undergraduate and graduate students, working adults, and aspiring creative writers. She spent two decades as the Writing Instructor at Harvard Divinity School and now teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Barbara’s passion for teaching shows itself in her two books: How To Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play (2010) and Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers (2015), both from Writer’s Digest Books, as well as in her many articles on writing. She offers free writing lessons at

Barbara is also a writer of stories, poems, and songs, several of them award-winners.