Hi, I’m Tanja,
and I believe in the fierce power of books.
The daughter of Yugoslav immigrants, I spent much of my childhood traveling back and forth between Chicago and Yugoslavia, wondering where I fit in. Books were my salvation.
In the 70s and 80s, I was raised on a diet of traditional Western male authors, and it took me years to see my experience mirrored in any of the books I was reading. I was in college by the time I discovered writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Louise Erdrich and Amy Tan, and their books changed my life. Finally, I felt as if I belonged.
My mission is to empower people of all walks of life to bring their stories into the world. Because we never know who might need our particular brand of healing.
Furthermore, I believe we already have what we need within us. My job is to help you bring that forth.
I believe in kindness and compassion, as well as good music, laughter and dance. I’m happiest outside on a sunny day, and believe that a heartfelt hug can cure most anything. A good dance class and a strong cup of coffee are also essential. When I’m not writing, teaching or dancing, you’ll find me fishing or snowboarding, trying to keep up with my kids. I live in Boulder, CO, with my husband Ken, our sons Nico and Gabriel, and Ash, a sweet pup with a fierce bark.
The author of The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir and 9 Steps to Heal Your Resentment and Reboot Your Marriage, Tanja Pajevic has taught at the University of Colorado Denver, the Community College of Denver and Indiana University, as well as in the larger community. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, mindbodygreen, Gawker and Scary Mommy, as well as in literary reviews such as Shenandoah and Crab Orchard Review. She currently leads online classes helping smart, heart-centered writers, leaders and entrepreneurs write and publish their books.
Tanja is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Hemingway Fellowship, Kraft Fellowship and a faculty award from the University of Colorado Denver for her project “Writing as Healing.” Inspired by the challenges we all face but rarely discuss, Tanja also leads writing workshops around life’s big transitions. She lives in Boulder, CO, with her family.