Nilwona Nowlin

Welcome to The Dreamer Speaks!         

I believe that we all have something to share with the world, so I strive to create written works that encourage others to be all they were created to be.
I am a redemptive artist, someone who believes in the power of the arts to bring about positive transformation and God’s shalom in individuals and communities. My passion is helping others discover their purpose and move toward becoming all they were created to be. I hope my web presence positively impacts your life in some way. Thanks again for stopping by!  Read more about me here.

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Lessons learned from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a child, I used to read a book a day during the school year. This wasn’t the result of any school initiated program, my love affair with reading started at a young age. One day, after a visit from my cousins, I discovered that one of them had left a copy of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at my house. Of course, I got comfortable with the book and devoured it. Dare I say it was life-changing? . . . Read more

Nilwona: A True Story. I am in a season of transition, and it has resulted in quite a bit of personal reflection and inventory. At various times in the past few months, I have been given opportunities to share bits and pieces of my story with others. It never fails, people are amazed at the things I share . . . Read more

Freedom or Bust. It was a cold and rainy night in early February. I stood in the dark, on the property of Mr. Jacob Burkle, whose home was a depot on the Underground Railroad. I shivered from the cold but also from a fear that had suddenly come over me from out of nowhere. Was I as safe as I thought I was, or was my safety most definitely in jeopardy? I was beginning to rethink my decision . . . Read more

3 Lessons I Learned from ScumblingI spent Friday evening and most of Saturday and Sunday sitting around a table with seven other people and writing* an icon under the instruction of a gifted iconographer. (*Because icons are seen as a depiction of the Holy Scriptures, the act of creating one is called writing, not painting.) I’m still processing this amazing/formative experience, but there are three thoughts/lessons that are clear enough to communicate to others . . . Read more


“Nilwona has an invaluable gift for improving complicated sentence structure and simplifying the flow of thought. I need an editor who is a stickler for even the slightest of details. She truly has a way with words and a keen eye for catching even the smallest of mistakes.” 
– Rev. David A. Washington, Pastor of Kingdom Covenant Church (Chicago, IL), author of “Kingdom Church: People Committed to the King’s Agenda” (2017)

“Nilwona has been extremely helpful in defining my writing. She brings a perspective that allows the writing to be clear and precise. I was happy with her professionalism and follow up.”
 – Rev. Danny Martinez, DMin candidate

“Nilwona embraced a body of content unfamiliar to her and translated it into creative session plans for a study that required limited edits.  It was amazing.  And, she completed the assignment—before the deadline!—into a Bible Study that has been used and well received by the many participants.”
–  Rev. Debbie Blue, Rev. Alan Forsman, and Evelyn M.R. Johnson, Leadership Team for Crescendo, a discipleship ministry for boomers and beyond