Our Teachers

(In alphabetical order by last name)

Elizabeth Perlman


Elizabeth is the founder and Executive Director of the Intuitive Writing Project. She created this writing program because it was the thing she wanted and needed when she was young. Even after seven years of teaching and developing curricula, Elizabeth continues to be inspired (and often moved to tears) by the wisdom, depth, and raw, world-changing courage of teenage girls.

Elizabeth has a BA in Media Arts & Film and a Masters in Transformative Arts—the study of creative expression as a tool for personal growth. She is also a certified Group Leader in the Amherst Writing Method. Before launching the Intuitive Writing Project in 2013, Elizabeth worked for over ten years as a graphic designer and art director in advertising.


Elizabeth lives in her favorite city, Oakland, California, where she loves to run in the redwoods and write for hours and hours, ideally ("old school!") by candlelight, scribbling ink on paper. Elizabeth is currently working on a book about the Intuitive Writing Project, coming soon to a bookstore near you! To contact Elizabeth directly, you can email her at elizabeth@intuitivewritingproject.org.


Melissa Quiter

For the past three years, Melissa has helped lead the Intuitive Writing Project as the Director of Middle School Programs. She also teaches classes for our Women's Writing program. Back in 2015, Melissa single-handedly launched our online publication, The Intuitive Voice, for which she served as our first Editor-in-Chief. Because of her work in creating The Intuitive Voice, she was a driving force in the publication of our first printed anthology, Declare What You Know To Be True. She is currently editing our third annual anthology, due out this fall!

Before coming to the Intuitive Writing Project, Melissa spent ten years teaching high school Journalism and World History at Miramonte High School, where she brought their student newspaper,The Mirador, to national prestige. Earlier in her career, Melissa worked as a journalist at The Sunday Times in London. She also worked as an international trip leader, a writing tutor, a rock climbing teacher and a yoga instructor. Melissa has a BA in Journalism from Boston University.

As the busy mother of three small children, Melissa is always happy for those small moments when she gets to work on her own writing! To contact Melissa directly, you email her at melissa@intuitivewritingproject.org



Dina Varellas

Dina is a certified yoga instructor with over ten years of teaching experience, incorporating the ancient wisdom of yoga into modern, everyday life. She writes, "my personal writing is inspired by messages and offerings by my teachers and mentors... and our own feminine wisdom." In her work as a writing teacher she is committed to "encouraging a deeper connection and awareness to Self, others, and the present moment."


Dina loves the ocean (especially surfing and paddle boarding!) camping under the stars, and going on adventures. When she's not working, you can find her at her yoga studio or outside, in nature. She enjoys spending time alone, reading, writing and being with her husband, family, and friends—and her cat, Jax, of course! Dina has a BS in business and marketing and is currently enrolled in a year long Sacred Leadership Training for women. To contact Dina directly, you can email her at dina@intuitivewritingproject.org

Colleen Weems


Colleen Weems is the author of the fantastical book The Ifs, with another book of fiction on the way. When she's not subbing for the Intuitive Writing Project, she's a social media strategist and brand journalist.

Colleen is the blogger behind The Fulcrum Chronicles and a semi-professional people watcher. She's been writing since the fourth grade, and encourages everybody with a pen or a keyboard to do the same. Originally from the Sacramento area, she's a graduate of USC School of Journalism, where she met her husband John. They have two sons and live in Walnut Creek.


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