Once April realized the myriad ways that mindfulness meditation had helped her to become a better writer, she earned herself a Mindfulness Teacher certification from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley and began teaching what she calls Mindful Writing.
A Very Important Meeting
April co-founded A Very Important Meeting in 2021 with Paulette Perhach. Along with three other writers (who also happen to teach meditation) they lead over a dozen online mindful writing groups every week.
6-Week Mindful Writers Challenge
Every lesson included in the 6-Week Mindful Writers Challenge incorporates instruction on both mindfulness and craft. The class material is entirely secular and draws heavily on peer-reviewed research. Learn more here.
The Story Behind It All
After ten years of struggling to see my stories published while going around and around with the revisions of my novel, something changed. I finished the novel. I found an agent. I signed my first publishing deal. I was accepted to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers (after having been rejected two years before). A short story I wrote was not only published, it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I wrote a second, more complex novel in a fraction of the time it took me to write the first.
For the first time I began to feel that my writing career had momentum. With a little bit of hindsight, I can attribute this to two things: I was simply unwilling to quit and I started meditating regularly.
Persistence and Mindfulness
There is no substitute for persistence. There will always be rejections (I still get plenty). If one wants to be a writer, one must keep writing. What’s more, one must improve. That’s where the mindfulness comes in.
Meditation has improved my writing in very real, quantifiable ways, none of which are easily summed up in a few lines. Like writing, mindfulness is a practice. If you’re ready to get serious about your writing, check out my six-week Mindful Writers Challenge. It’s kind of like a mindful writers bootcamp.
If you’re curious, but not quite ready for the six-week challenge, visit A Very Important Meeting. It’s a free, online mindful writing group I started with a couple friends. It has rapidly evolved into a wonderful community and you are absolutely welcome.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.