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Berkeley Writing Class

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The next session of "The Mindful Writer: Cultivating Your Fearless Writing Voice," begins Thursday, September 18th. Classes meet in North Berkeley from 7:00 — 9:30 p.m. and run for nine weeks; the cost is $250 for the entire session. Below is a description of the class as well as comments from former students. If you are interested in this or future sessions, please contact cwmalcombAThotmailDOTcom or 510-559-9076.

About the class:

Mindfulness is full attention on the present moment. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use this practice to discover and write our deep stories. We’ll write from personal experience, using exercises to generate and hone topics, address “writing blocks,” respond to others’ work, and craft finished products. Students will “publish” and share two finished pieces, and receive individualized feedback from the teacher. Suitable for experienced and beginning writers alike, this workshop provides a fun, safe place to coax forth our inner writer.

About the teacher:

Chris Malcomb has practiced mindfulness meditation for six years. He has taught private writing classes and facilitated workshops for the California Association of Independent Schools, the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, and the Prison University Project at San Quentin. His essays have appeared in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Common Ground, Teachers & Writers, and KQED Perspectives. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco.


Caroline M. Grant served on the editorial board of Literary Mama for over ten years, including five as Editor-in-Chief. She is currently Associate Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which provides grants to writers and artists with children.

She is the co-editor of two anthologies: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013) and Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Her column, Mama at the Movies, ran on Literary Mama for six years; she has published essays in a number of other journals and anthologies.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons; she writes about food and family on her blog and at Learning to Eat. Visit her website for more information, including clips from her radio and television events.

Caroline is former editor-in-chief for Literary Mama.


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