writers writing retreat Hawaii

Exclusive Opportunity for Dedicated Writers!

So, here’s the deal. . .I’m looking for 15 people to join me in 2017 for a VERY EXCITING new program called The Writer’s Mastermind: Journey to Publication. If you’re not interested, totally cool, no need to read on…

Because of the intense nature of my teaching and publishing schedule, I haven’t done this before, and since so many of you requested it, I am making an exception in 2017. Not sure if I’ll do it again. We’ll see.

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The 5 Things That Changed My (Writing) Life

1. That my favorite, best selling, Pulitzer prize-winning, epically published writers’ first drafts SUCKED! I found this very liberating—that maybe they too were not the elevated intellectually-superior, uber-disciplined, specially anointed species, I’d projected them to be.

That they too struggled, floundered, wrote utter crap, and failed miserably. And THEN succeeded—if only by sticking with it because they simply had to! They pressed on through the murk of fear, doubt, and failure, kept reading, writing, and editing, sought help, support, great … Read More »


Tips for Editing Different Types of Writing Projects

I am about to turn in my next book Writing as a Path to Awakening (non-fiction) to my publisher. I am also deep into my next novel working toward my second draft. Two completely different book projects, two completely different approaches to editing. So I thought I would share some insights and tips about how I like to deal with very different writing projects at different stages of completion.

1. Make sure you have fully and completely committed yourself to … Read More »

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Your Scene-Writing Toolkit

Guest Post By Brooke Warner

Writers shoulder a lot when it comes to writing a memoir. There are so many things to hold in addition to the memories, messages from our saboteurs, and bouts of self-doubt. Most writers who are working on a memoir are learning a new craft while also dealing with the wellspring of emotion that comes from tapping into experiences that can oftentimes feel like stirring a hornet’s nest.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all … Read More »

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Why You Never Have to Be a Starving Artist

Many writers still have this tired washed-up romantic notion of the starving artist. And yes, it is difficult to sustain one’s self as an artist in our culture, but not impossible and there are infinite ways to help people, make a good living, and devote your life to writing and creativity.

So banish that starving artist notion from your head. Nothing could be less romantic than having no money. In order to nourish your creativity and your life in general … Read More »

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Announcing Brilliant Writer Radio and the Mindful Writer Podcast

I’m so excited to launch Brilliant Writer Radio! This bi-weekly Mindful Writer Podcast features brilliant writers, speakers, and guest artists such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Janis Cooke Newman, Dani Shapiro, and Ruth Ozeki. And this is just the beginning! To kick things off, I’m starting with my exclusive interview with best selling writer Elizabeth Gilbert where she shares her thoughts about what it means to be a “successful” writer, how to be a more mindful writer, and so much more.

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It’s a Summertime Thing! Writing Workshops and More

Summertime is a time for reading at the beach, feet tucked into warm sand, sun glasses on, contemplating the crisp rush of salty waves. Maybe it’s sitting in the shade of an old oak tree with a sweaty glass of iced tea tilted in the uneven grass at your side—notebook in hand, ready to write. Click to see more reasons why summer is the best time to be a brilliant writer.

Summertime is a time for road trips and writing … Read More »

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Albert Flynn DeSilver: Write Well, Live Well

Guest Post By: Robert Digitale

As writers, who wouldn’t want to fashion a best seller? But Albert Flynn DeSilver hopes authors will reach for a bigger prize: a life well-lived.

It’s not that he dismisses the goal of creating a great book. Far from it. He praises the written word as a powerful means to awaken and move people.

Even so, to him it makes no sense for people to gain success and lose their souls.

“The older I get, … Read More »


8 Ways to Stay Hyper-Focused With Your Writing (or whatever else sparks your creative fancy!)

One of the biggest challenges I’ve noticed over the years with my students is persistence and discipline. Simply sticking with the process. Life happens and grand excuses arise. Things can feel so real and insurmountable. If you want to stay hyper-focused with your writing, these 8 tips will help you cultivate discipline.

1. Don’t write on the computer. Stop it, even if it’s all you’ve ever known. Just for now. This one day, or for the first 5 minutes of … Read More »

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How We Transform Our Writing and Our Lives

Sometimes in order to write, or create any art, it helps to simply get out of our own way— out of our heads, that is -and into our bodies. I recently came from a weekend of teaching at The Sedona Yoga Festival where I spoke before hundreds of people about vulnerability, language, and writing from the body.

This is how we transform our writing AND our lives. Here’s a simple exercise you can try from the comfort of your home:… Read More »