Writing isn’t a struggle for me. It’s kinda what I always want to be doing, but life gets in the way. A kid comes in or there’s some emergency and then I’m out of the writing zone and I just forget it. With this program I could lock the door and tell the kids “it’s going to be one hour.” I’d get it done for the day and it just became a habit… I’d recommend April’s program for any writer looking to get that first draft on the page. With the discipline and the feedback from the classmates, you can’t help but succeed. If you’re debating whether to take April’s class, you must. She will inspire you on a daily basis to get your but in the chair and do your writing and be creative and unlock all of your potential.
Even though I don't meditate regularly, practicing mindfulness before writing puts my mind in the present. It helps me to decompress and put away guilty thoughts of what I feel I should be doing, like cleaning, or cooking… The thoughtful and thought-provoking feedback I received from my workshop group gave me the confidence to continue writing. It encouraged me and it gave me the positive critiquing I absolutely needed. Most of all it gave me a community, one who inspired me to try to meditate, read and write each day - to make each a habit. Thank you April! I have grown as a writer and am on my journey to finish my story.
I stumbled upon April's course... somehow. I was about ten minutes into retiring from my day job and turning to my writing full-time. However I found her, I got extremely lucky when I did. She's a thoughtful, considered, fun, gentle, and genuine ally in this challenging, meaningful quest. Before working with April I really wasn't sure where to even focus my energies. Her course helped me determine that for myself. No "magic recipes," no demanded "steps for success," just really thoughtful help and guidance.
April was extremely supportive, one of the most encouraging people I’ve ever met. She gave me a lot of things I’d been looking for that other courses just didn’t. They either didn’t give me enough on craft or they didn’t give it in a way that was meaningful to me, that was actually going to get the book DONE. I can’t thank her enough for everything I gained.
It was a way to make another level of commitment to my writing. To say “for the next six weeks I’m going to do this.” The six weeks flew by. April did a great job of creating the materials and a curriculum. The way she led us through the program with the different themes for each week slowly took us deeper into our writing. She has a great presence.
I had never experienced a productive collaborative effort such as this, and I loved it! Before working with April on this workshop, I spent most of my writing efforts working in a haphazard manner, producing output, but not working toward an achievable goal. April's program worked for me to take a step toward publishing my work. Without such a commitment, my inspiration and motivation may have waned or my work may have gotten lost in the weeds.
In the initial 6 weeks I went from 5,800 words to 70,000 which was my goal for this draft. I added all those words… This program is a great opportunity to learn a different way of doing things. The craft lessons alone were worth it. April was a great facilitator. She was able to provide constructive feedback that was both gentle and a good nudge where I needed to go… I really liked the self-pacing because I still have a day job to pay the bills and have a lot of responsibilities outside of work. I loved the weekly workshops both for the community and the accountability. This was a really welcoming community that helped me overcome my fear of rejection.
Taking a group workshop with April reignited my love of reading, and boosted my own confidence in writing by sharing my writing with others and assuring me that it's okay to write in the slivers when all you have is slivers of time
What I liked most about the 6-week challenge was the format. I liked having an assignment every day. Every day of the week for the whole six weeks, I knew exactly what I needed to do every morning. The meditation helped me learn some of the patterns of my mind that I hadn’t ever had awareness around before. The pacing of the program was perfect. It was really great to have the lesson, then the five days of writing, then the day off. The thing the program really helped me with was establishing a daily writing practice and being consistent with it. Having the discipline of those six weeks really helped me to continue the practice.
I so loved creating with April. I have gained so much from her extensive knowledge and her gift of explaining the in's and out's of writing! Also, her free guide, "Write More Suffer Less" is priceless!
April’s lectures were great, both in advice regarding the craft of writing and in the practice of meditation. I never felt lectured to. I’m not sure how she did that, but it was really easy to absorb the information that she offered. April has quality training in meditation and also in the critique of our writing as her students, I was tremendously impressed. I can give it my hearty recommendation. Clear, focused, interesting, stimulating, challenging. None of these words are exaggerations. This was a very worthwhile course for me as an emerging writer.
The thing that I liked best about the program was the mindfulness aspect of it... April’s program really pushed my writing to the forefront. It gave me permission to actually block out time to do my writing and say “this is important, it’s not just a hobby.” I definitely recommend April’s program. It give you tools overcome obstacles that you weren’t even aware existed, to overcome your inner critic, and open up your schedule. I really enjoyed it.
Award-Winning Author & Writing Coach
April designed the SIT WRITE HERE coaching program to help struggling authors recognize and overcome the challenges involved in writing.
Her debute novel, 142 Ostriches, was descirbed by Publisher's Weekly as a "vivd, uplifting debut" and it went on to win the WILLA Award for Women Writing the West.
Her website, at aprildavila.com was listed by Writer's Digest as one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers. She has taught online and in person at conferences and retreats in both the US and Mexico.
Her second novel is forthcoming.
Learn more about April here.