Zvezdana Rashkovich is an American prize-nominated author, writer and poet. Zvezdana has many years of experience as a freelance editor, writer, and columnist and as a writing coach/mentor and as an editorial assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing in Qatar.
She was born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in the Sudan. In her twenties she moved to Portland, Oregon USA where she studied English Literature, became an American citizen, and a legal/medical interpreter for refugees. Her work is widely published and can be found in many anthologies and literary journals, both in print and online in UK, USA, Greece, Australia Lebanon and Sudan. She has been nominated for the literary Pushcart Prize and was a finalist in the Ernest Hemingway prize for flash fiction.
She has also worked as a primary school teacher and tutor in Qatar, all the while raising her four children. She has attended Portland State University in Oregon to study German and English Literature and later continued to graduate (Magna cum laude) with Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing & English, a Minor in American Studies and an Associate in Liberal Arts from Southern New Hampshire University.
She is fluent in English, Arabic, Serbian and Croatian. In the Writing from the Heart workshops she combines meditation, poetry, music and sensory elements. The goal is to help people discover their perhaps buried creative spark or simply give them a place for creative healing and comfort.
She is a US certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coach, a Meditation Coach and Writing Therapy Facilitator and continues her training in Yoga. She has facilitated creative writing and meditation workshops, mentoring writers and budding novelists in Europe, Dubai and Cairo.
She is in the process of developing a series of Creative Healing retreats: a weeklong fusion where healing and creativity combine into a wholesome fun experience with like-minded individuals. The retreats are set in stunning geographical locations, which aid the process, by drawing from the authentic and rustic energies of their surroundings.
Next retreat coming up in Montenegro in May of 2020!