Cigdem Kobu is a US-based story coach and strategist who helps visionary women creatives, coaches and entrepreneurs across the globe up their impact and income by becoming prolific, powerful storytellers. Her clients and students grasp the heart of their story, clarify their message, find their unmistakable voice, and turn their ideas and gifts into intellectual frameworks that are transformational and commercially successful.

I want to live in a world where...

  • Every woman is free, safe, and brave to tell her story, and feels seen, heard, and understood as she shares her wisdom in the world (without feeling threatened, burnt-out, or out of integrity). 
  • Every woman is able to hold her many identities while simultaneously— and singularly— being herself.
  • Every woman has the opportunity and support to live up to her true potential and create not only what matters, but also what makes her come alive.
  • Every woman leads rich, healing conversations on issues she cares about and has access to the best resources, channels, and championship to bring her unique wisdom and values to the global table with ease and impact. 
  • Every woman makes a great living doing work she loves and gets seen and acknowledged for her ideas and contribution to her part of the world.
  • Every woman has the power to cultivate freedom, well-being, prosperity, meaning, and joy for herself, her community, and the people and causes she chooses to serve.
“I’m in the strategist’s chair everyday in my own business, and what I really needed was someone who could give me what I give to my clients: wise, supportive strategy. Working with Cigdem has been one of the smartest investments I’ve made.”
JAC McNEIL, Co-Active Coach & Thought Partner,
"I would have never been able to do on my own all the deep digging that Cigdem guided me through. My business is now booming in all directions. Great new clients, speaking gigs, teaching, art. I also get a lot of good feedback about my site. I'm so happy!”
CYNTHIA MORRIS, Author, Artist & Creativity Coach,

Tiny Memoirs

A five-week self-paced writing program for turning your unforgettable memories into evocative mini memoirs.
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Coming Home

A three-week self-paced creative journaling program for coming back home to yourself.
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The Twelve Laws of Ease

Learn the 12 specific principles for building a thriving business as an introverted woman creator.
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A Year With Myself

A yearlong writing program and women's circle for unleashing your creative power and developing a steady writing practice.
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Winter Joy Retreat 2019: "Seeing With Wonder"

A two-week annual December gathering for recharging your creative self as one year ends and the other begins.
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“This is a great way of gathering content for a memoir. What a wonderful experience and a fantastic collection of writers and writing! This feels like the most sacred writing space.”
JACKEE HOLDER, Executive and Leadership Coach & Writer,
“Writing. Stamina. I love this experience. Our writing is becoming a string of stories that paint a much larger picture. The words are flowing and they just won’t stop. Maybe I ‘will ’write that book some day.”
SUE ANN GLEASON, Writer & Business Consultant,

Here's what I believe...

  • Story is the umbilical cord that connects us to the past, present, and future. Story is an affirmation of our ties to one another. (Terry Tempest Williams) 
  • Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. (Alan Keightley)
  • Work is love made visible. (Kahlil Gibran)
  • Women’s work is always toward wholeness. (May Sarton)
  • When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. (Rumi)
  • There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place. (J.K. Rowling)
  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.  (Maya Angelou)
  • Art happens when you intend it to happen. It happens when you leap with intention… The act is the point, more so than ever. (Anne Bogart)
  • Isolation is the dream killer. (Barbara Sher)
  • Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry. (Leonard Koren)
  • It’s not a competition; it’s a doorway. (Mary Oliver)
  • We’re all walking each other home. (Ram Dass)