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THE MINDFUL WRITER: A workshop in cultivating your fearless voice

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In this workshop, we’ll explore using mindfulness—full attention to the present moment—to discover 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. We’ll talk about essential elements of essays and memoir: structure, scene-making, narrative arc, setting, and dialogue. Students will receive individualized feedback from peers and the teacher, and revise and share at least one piece. Suitable for experienced and beginning writers alike, this workshop provides a safe, inspiring place to confidently coax forth one’s inner writer.


I: Tuesdays, May 26 — July 28 (no class June 16).
II: Thursdays, May 28 — July 30 (no class June 18).
Times: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Location: North Berkeley
Cost: $250.00 for 9-week session

Each section limited to eight students!

For more information about this or future classes:
510-559-9076 or


Chris Malcomb has practiced mindfulness meditation for six years. He has been a middle and high school teacher, and led private classes and workshops for CAIS, BATTI, and the Prison University Project at San Quentin. His essays have appeared in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Common Ground, Teachers & Writers, the anthology The Social Cause Diet, and KQED Perspectives. He is currently finishing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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