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Ink and Vein

Writing and Mindfulness Services

Welcome to my website! I’m Jean Alger, a writing consultant and mindfulness instructor.

I have 15 years of experience teaching writing and communication, a doctoral degree in American Literature and Rhetoric, and a 200 hour yoga teacher certification.

I offer writing services at all stages of the drafting process, mindfulness instruction in the form of yoga and meditation practices, and workshop and personalized retreat experiences.

Explore my website for more information, check out my blog for some examples of my writing, or reach out to me using the contact form below.

Creative Services

Writing Services

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With 15 years (and counting) of experience teaching writing and working with texts of all kinds, I offer a range of services for all stages of the writing process. Whether you are looking for a copyedit or proofread, or you’re trying to figure out how to get started, I can help! Click here to read more about setting up a consultation appointment.


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I have practiced yoga on and off for the past 20 years. I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2020, and currently teach an All Levels Yoga class at Sweetgrass Therapeutics in Alamosa, Colorado. I would love to see you in class if you are in the area, or click below to learn more about other in-person and virtual options.

Events + Workshops

I am pleased to offer writing and mindfulness workshops and to begin offering retreat experiences.

Please click below for information on past and upcoming offerings, and to find out about the possibilities for personalized retreat experiences.

Jean Alger, PhD

Writer, editor, and yoga teacher


I grew up in the Pacific Northwest on the Kitsap Peninsula, moved to Oklahoma at the age of twenty, and now live in the high desert in Colorado.

I studied American literature and rhetoric in graduate school, and worked as a college professor for a few years. Now, I’m a writing consultant, certified yoga instructor, and a writer who is published mostly on my blog.

I read voraciously, drink too much coffee, and write more than ever makes its way to public eyes. I love hiking, yoga, long walks, and rewatching shows until I can quote them from memory. I also spend a lot of time cuddling my cat and thinking about what we can do to make the world more compassionate.

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Doctor of Philosophy in English
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


I have short pieces featured in issues 2, 3, and 11 of Handbasket, a zine sharing LGBTQ+ stories, and a chapter in Looking Back at the Jazz Age: New Essays on the Literature and Legacy of an Iconic Decade edited by Nancy  Von Rosk.

Latest from the Blog

Writing Choices

Just a little video I made, with some thoughts on writing and life.

Go slow

Slowing down was a goal I had for December. I wanted to tune in to the season, to the longer nights, shorter days, to the slowed movement of nature as animals go to ground to wait for warmer weather. I managed it, for most of the month. I took the month away from teaching yoga,…

Time is a construct

I had grand plans for a productive winter break, as I rested from a grueling (and rewarding) semester, and felt I finally had time to turn my attention to all the things that lay waiting while I gave student feedback, taught classes, found information and resources for students, and answered emails. All the things that…

Alamosa, CO

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