Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due. For an overview of his 20-plus novels, visit Amazon.com.

But Steve’s true love is teaching balance and enhancing human performance in all forms: emotional, professional and physical.

In addition to being an author and writing instructor, he is also a life coach, CST coach and certified hypnotist. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the self-development arts, including hypnosis certification with Transformative Arts Institute in Marin, CA, training as a yoga and Tai Chi instructor, and fourth-degree black belt. He has counseled executives, royalty, prominent politicians and Hollywood celebrities at the Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica.

Steve has gained a unique understanding of the relationship between myth, energy and consciousness, and has shared it with thousands of students and clients since 1980.

His newest course is The Hero’s Journey: Life Mastery For Modern Men.

In addition, Steve has lectured at UCLA, Mensa, Pasadena JPL, taught at Seattle University, hosted the “Hour 25” radio show on KPFK, been Kung Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine, been a “Starred Speaker” at the L.A. Screenwriting Expo, and been profiled in countless magazines, newspapers, radio shows and webzines.

Once a nationally ranked karate competitor, he now makes his home in Southern California with his wife, American Book Award winner Tananarive Due, and his son, Jason.

His daughter Nicki graduated from UC Irvine in 2009 and is currently doing theater in Central California while she works with the disabled.

Nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards, writer of the Emmy-winning “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits, winner of the Endeavor and the NAACP Image Awards, NY Times Bestselling author, Steven has written comic books, animation, newspaper copy, magazine articles, television scripts and three million words of published fiction published in seven languages, making him one of the world’s most honored, diverse and popular writers.

Coaching Credentials

  • CST (Circular Strength Training) Coach
  • Certified Softwork Instructor
  • Certified Ericksonian Hypnotist (Transformative Arts Institute, Marin California)
  • Fourth Degree Black Belt (BKF Kenpo)
  • Yoga Instructor (trained at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, California)
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Additional training in: Transcultural Shamanism, Sweet Medicine Sundance teachings (apprenticed), Sri Chinmoy teachings (devotee), NLP, and far more.