Resources for Writing and Mindfulness
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Mindful: Taking Time for What Matters. A comprehensive, online magazine about all aspects of mindfulness in everyday life.
Susan Piver: “The Open Heart Project,” a free online meditation course, with a weekly newsletter.
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project. A blog and newsletter based on her book The Happiness Project.
Erin Coughlin Hallowell : “Being Poetry.” A blog about the writing life, often with writing prompts.
Patti Digh: “37 Days,” a blog/website about writing and mindfulness
Jennifer Loudon, Savor and Serve: A blog/website about creativity.
Fiona Robyn: “Writing Our Way Home”: a blog with mindfulness writing prompts and interviews with writers
Rick Hanson: a video blog based on his book Just One Thing: Developing A Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time
Kristin Bair O’keefe: “Writerhead,” a blog about writing, includes weekly interviews with writers.
Drew Myron, “Off The Page,” blog about mindfulness and writing, often with writing prompts.
Sheila Bender: Writing It Real, an online magazine with weekly articles about writing, and opportunities for writing instruction.
Wendell Berry. Standing by Words. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1983.
David Biespiel. Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. Portland: Kelson Books, 2010.
Julia Cameron. The Artist’s Way. New York: Putnam, 1992.
Annie Dillard. The Writing Life. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
Natalie Goldberg. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala, 1986.
Natalie Goldberg. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. New York: Bantam, 1990.
Laraine Herring. Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice. Boston: Shambhala, 2007.
Roger Housden Ten Poems to Change Your Life. New York: Random House, 2001.
Roger Housden. Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems. New York: Harmony Books, 2007.
Janell Moon, Stirring the Waters: Writing to Find Your Spirit. Boston: Journey editions, 2001.
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Pantheon, 1994.
Peter Levitt. Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom. New York: Harmony Books, 2003.
Rebecca McClanahan. Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1999.
Robert McDowell. Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations and Intentions. New York: Free Press, 2008.
Margaret D. McGee. Haiku — the Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines. Woodstock: Skylight Path, 2009
Dinty Moore. The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life. Wisdom Publications, 2012.
Nancy O’Hara. Just Listen: A Guide to Finding Your Own True Voice. New York: Broadway Books, 1997
Judy Reeves. A Creative Writer’s Kit: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life. Novato, CA: New World, 2003.
Judy Reeves. The Writer’s Retreat Kit: A Guide for Creative Exploration and Personal Expression. Novato, CA: New World, 2005.
Kim Rosen. Saved by a Poem: the Transformative Power of Words. New York: Hay House, 2009.
Gail Sher. The Intuitive Writer: Listening to Your Own Voice. New York: Penquin Books, 2002.
Gail Sher. One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers New York: Penquin Books, 1999.
Kim Stafford: The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.
Ralph L. Wahlstrom. The Tao of Writing: Imagine. Create. Flow. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2006.
Johanna Putnoi. Senses Wide Open: The Art and Practice of Living in Your Body. Berkeley: Ulysses Press, 2000.
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew. Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir. Boston: Skinner House Books, 2005.
Natalie Goldberg: Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. New York: Free Press, 2007.
Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola. Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005, 2012.
Sue William Silverman. Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2009
William Zinsser, Ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Kim Addonizio and Dorian Laux. The Poet’s Companion. New York: WW. Norton, 1997.
Robin Behn and Chase Twichell, ed. The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
Kevin Clark. The Mind’s Eye. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2008.
Alfred Corn. The Poem’s Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, 2008 (very technical but a good reference for working in meter)
Tess Gallagher. A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan, 1986.
Lola Haskins. Not Feathers Yet: A Beginner’s Guide to the Poetic Life. Omaha: The Backwaters Press, 2007.
Edward Hirsch. How to Read A Poem And Fall in Love with Poetry. Durham: Double/Take Books, 1999.
Jane Hirshfield. Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Richard Hugo. The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry & Writing. New York: Norton, 1979.
Ted Kooser: The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
Bill Moyers. Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and their Craft. New York: William Morrow and Co. 1999
Mary Oliver. A Poetry Handbook. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994.
Gregory Orr and Ellen Bryant Voigt, ed. Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1996.
Robert Pinsky. The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.
Theodore Roethke. On Poetry & Craft. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, (reprinted 2001).
Muriel Rukeyser. The Life of Poetry. Ashfield: Paris Press, 1996.
William Stafford. Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer’s Vocation. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1978.
Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. poemcrazy: freeing our life with words. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1996.
Mark Coleman. Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Maui: Inner Ocean Publishing, 2006.
Hannah Hinchman. A Trail through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.
Kathleen Dean Moore, Wild Comfort: the Solace of Nature Boston: Trumpeter, 2010
Judy Reeves. Writing Alone, Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups. Novato, CA: New World, 2002.
Thich Nhat Hanh Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities, compiled by Jack Lawlor. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2002.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Cambridge, MA
Center For Mindfulness and Justice, Madison, WI
Cloud Mountain, SW Washington
Community Meditation Center, New York, NY
Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California
Dharma Seed, Wendell Depot, MA
Gaia House, Devon, England
Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Inquiring Mind, Berkeley, CA
Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Washington, DC
InsightLA, Santa Monica, CA
Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA
Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center
New York Insight, New York, NY
New York Open Center, New York, NY
Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
Pundarika Foundation, Crestone, CO
Seattle Insight Meditaion Society, Seattle, WA
Shambhala Mountain Center, CO
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
The Interdependence Project, New York, NY
Tibet House, New York, NY
Upaya, Santa Fe, NM
Yahoo Lovingkindness group