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The Power of LIVE Events



Dear Friends, As much as I love teaching via the video, the blog, email, and on social media, there is nothing like a LIVE event to inspire that next level of your creative and spiritual growth. I have two AMAZING  live events coming up. One on the west coast at Asilomar State Beach; “The Yoga of Creativity & Writing” May 5-7 and one on the east coast at The Omega Institute “Writing as a Path to Awakening” May 26-29 in Rhinebeck, New York. I would love to see YOU there!


ASILOMAR: https://www.albertflynndesilver.com/meditation-classes-retreats/yoga-creativity-writing-asilomar/

OMEGA: https://www.eomega.org/workshops/writing-as-a-path-to-awakening-0#-workshop-description-block

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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.

For 20 years I have been meditating, writing, teaching, and (for a time) publishing–in that order, and things have finally started to really come alive for me, and this amazing community of writers, readers, and meditators— that’s YOU! A moment to say THANK YOU for being there and being not only interested and engaged, but supportive!

My goal has always been to motivate, inspire, and support writers in order to help them go from amateur scribbler to published author. This is part of my mission!

I have been blessed to teach alongside some of America’s most inspiring best-selling authors like Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, and many others.

Many of these workshops were daylongs, or maybe a week, and were the only way people could work with me.

This year, though, I felt like I wanted to open up the vault and give a select few committed and motivated people with book projects the opportunity to work with me in a deeper, more meaningful way. . . and for an extended period of time. I have always emphasized the critical role of working with teachers and mentors over time in fostering growth. I have personally found this to be THE way to take your writing AND your life to the next level.

This reminded me how much I love going deep in an intimate, hands-on way, co-creating growth and dynamic creative-writing strategy in order to support serious writers on their journey to publication.

So, I’m going to do something I haven’t done, ever…

I’m looking to work with a max of 15 motivated and committed writers, with book projects, who are ready to finish that book and ready to set a goal of publishing their book or securing an agent or publisher in 2017.

The Ultimate Writing Retreat

The goal is simple…

We’ll form a team. It’ll be creative-writing generative and publishing-prep oriented. We’ll go deep into each person’s creative vision. We’ll also talk creativity, life-style support, publishing strategy, and platform. We’ll talk about the 10 P’s from Purpose, Passion, and Practice–to Platform and Promotion. Whatever is needed. It’ll be hands-on, supportive, and inspiring.



*LIVE event #1: Maui, Hawaii with best selling author Dani Shapiro.

*LIVE event #2: Asilomar Center on the Monterey Coast: “The Yoga of Creativity & Writing” with Dr. Melody Moore & Albert Flynn DeSilver!

*Monthly One-to-One Private Coaching & Mentoring with Albert!

*Monthly Group Coaching with Albert!

*Quarterly conference calls with Agents, Editors, and Publishers!

*The Master Class for Successful Writers online course!

*The Elizabeth Gilbert Exclusive LIVE STREAM with Liz teaching and lecturing from her amazing event in Napa, CA!

*Brilliant Writer’s Insider’s Guide to Securing a Literary Agent.

*Brilliant Writer’s Insider’s Guide to Writing a Best Selling Book Proposal.

Once you commit, get ready to blast off with your writing project, and see a massive growth-spurt in productivity.

Our group calls will be in direct response to EACH of your specific needs so everyone gets their needs addressed. This is about getting specific, strategic, and personal.

Okay, so who is this really for?

There are three critical qualifications. You must:

  • Have an established writing practice and a clear idea of a book project you could realistically complete in the next 1-2 years.
  • Have an established meditation and/or yoga practice.
  • Already have written at least 25,000 words toward this particular project.
  • Be ready to work hard, write hard, read hard, and contribute to the community.

You’ve also got to be a genuine, generous, and kind person and yearn, with every fiber of your being, to write, complete, publish, and promote your work in the world. And, you have to be willing to work insanely hard to make big things happen!

Why does this matter to me?

Because, I love working with committed creatives who take action and have little interest (though lots of compassion for) “over-thinking dabblers.” I’m sure you feel the same.

Just as important, this is not for you if you’re trying to figure out your next move. That is an important and honorable place to be, but for this, you should already be on a clear path. We will be focused intensely on accelerated growth, and publication, not finding your calling.

We’ll come together twice a month for intensive online sessions, plus your private session. You will have reading and writing goals and “homework” commitments. Each person will have substantial time devoted to their specific needs. And, beyond my input, you’ll benefit greatly from the shared brain-trust wisdom of the entire group, which can easily compound the growth potential, ideas, and awakenings for all.

How will I choose the 15 people?

Pretty much using the criteria I shared above.

It’ll be application, invitation, and interview based. I never sell, it’s always about fit. I want to spend my time with the people I described above, and so do you. I’ll review applications, schedule 15-minute Skype interviews, and make offers to applicants who are a great fit on a first-come, first-served basis.

So, if say 50 people apply right away, and 8 out of the first 10 are a great fit, I’ll stop reviewing applications and close out the group without going deeper into the remaining 40 applications. I’m guessing it will all happen very quickly.

How much will your investment be?

I do essentially no coaching and very little consulting anymore. When I did, my fees were $500/hour (x 3 sessions a month =$18K per year). People who work with me are not paying for my time, they’re investing in the value of a specific desired outcome they know to be many times greater (getting their book published, for example). This is no different.

Your investment, if chosen, is ONLY $897 per month, (paid in 12 monthly installments–a little higher to cover fees) or $9,997 paid in advance for the whole year–12 months. Non-refundable. (Just for the record, the monetary value of this program is over $20,000.)

When you commit, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be taking the spot of someone else who, like you, wanted it desperately. I don’t take that lightly, neither should you. So, when you say yes, I’ll expect you to show up and do the work. And, you can expect, I’ll deliver highly-specific ideas, strategies, actionable insights that, when implemented over the next 12-months, will far exceed the value of your investment.

Is it worth it for you?

Only you can know. And, I’m happy to help you figure it out on a call, if you choose to apply.

Like I said, on the rare occasion when I do things like this, I never sell, all I care about is fit. My goal is to deliver a level of insight, knowledge, experience, inspiration, and practical writing and publishing guidance that will fuel exponential growth in creativity and impact over the next 12-months. And also let you leave with a new “inside team” of champions and accountability partners to ensure you do the work needed to experience very real, measurable results.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with and puts on amazing workshops! –Cheryl Strayed (International Best Selling Author of WILD)

“What an enchanting journey. Thank you Albert!” –J.V., Berlin, Germany

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that this past week was absolutely EXTRAORDINARY. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your presence and leadership.” –K.B., Atlanta

By the way, if you’re curious what other awesome humans have said about working with me, you can read some more testimonials here.

Again, it is entirely up to you to decide whether to get your application in.

You can apply without obligation, then if you’re a fit, we’ll jump on a quick call, so I can learn a bit more and you can get any questions you might have answered.

Here’s the link where you’ll apply.

With a max of 15 spots, I’m pretty confident they’ll go very quickly.

And, if it’s not right for you, but you’ve got a friend who needs this more than anything, feel free to forward this email. Just please don’t post it online. At least for now, this is a private invitation.

Either way, wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!

With a love & gratitude always–and to your writing success,


P.S. – Whether you’re application is chosen or not, please know… you are an amazing human and a #BrilliantWriter. It’s never a personal judgment, it’s always just about the right fit for this very focused and immersive strategic experience.

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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 it’s nice to have some abundance to help you along. This takes a major mind shift for many of us toward a mindset of prosperity.

Please know that even if you have a more creative mind, your mind is malleable and can change. Also know that when I use the word “prosperity”, I’m not talking just about money, but abundance in relationships, work, community, spirituality, and creativity.

How do we cultivate prosperity as writers? Let’s take a look…

Practice Gratitude

Prosperity is all around us, we just have to look for it. And then we have to be grateful for it. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as enjoying the sound of fresh rain or the feeling of warm sun on your skin. Or practicing gratitude can go a step further by helping others. For when we have abundance in our lives, we can share it to help others become prosperous, too.

A wise man once said, “I’m drinking from a saucer because my cup has overflowed. In this life I have reaped more than I have sowed.”

This may sound like the words of a wealthy man, but in fact this man had been blind for 40 years, had leprosy for 60 years, and was on his death bed. He was poor and had no family, and yet he felt like his life was overflowing with abundance. I think it’s no coincidence that he was also a poet; his gratitude showed up so prominently in his poetry that he received one of the highest poetry awards in his country.

This is just one example of the effects gratitude can have in creating abundance in your life.

Surround Yourself with Prosperous Writers

People who have achieved prosperity are often excellent motivators. I’ve learned this firsthand from teaching alongside and hosting writing workshops with best selling authors like Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert. At the Elizabeth Gilbert writing workshop in California last year, you could feel the whole room “waking up” as Liz shared her writing wisdom. Everyone felt like their cups were overflowing that day; at one point there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Prosperity is contagious if you surround yourself with the right people. This goes back to practicing gratitude. Oftentimes, people want to share their prosperity with others. So, get out there, network, make friends, and leverage one another so that we’re all living lives full of abundance.

Get to Work

Becoming a prosperous writer is not without putting in some time and effort. No one is going to do the work for you. If you have a story to tell, you need to get it out onto the page and into the world. This requires dedicating yourself to your writing practice and a commitment to improve your writing skills.

Attending writing workshops, writing retreats, learning how to write a novel or how to write a memoir, and taking writing courses (either with an in-person instructor or an online writing course) are all ways you can dedicate yourself to your writing practice while improving your writing skills at the same time.

So, cultivate gratitude to create a feeling of prosperity, surround yourself with successful writers to get motivated to create prosperity, and get to work so that you can truly be a prosperous writer. Now is your time to shine!

If you’d like to learn more, join me this September 2016 for Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is a daylong writing workshop and writing retreat in San Rafael, California. Click here for more details.

5 Perfect Gifts for Writers

Guest Post by Jasmine June Cabanaw

Do you have a writer on your holiday shopping list (or are you a writer hoping to receive the perfect gift)? Then this wish list of the perfect gifts for writers is for you.

Choosing a gift for a writer isn’t necessarily all that hard; notebooks, word games, and gift cards to book stores all make easy gifts. But if you’re looking for a truly perfect gift (because go big or go home, right?) then you’ll have to put a little more thought into it.

The key is thinking like a writer. Which is why I’m writing this post. A friend told me that this year, she doesn’t want to give me “yet another notebook.” But since she’s not a writer herself, she has no clue what else to give me. Gifts that seem like commonsense to me don’t even cross her mind.

So here’s a list of five perfect gifts for writers. And if you’re a writer yourself, make sure to put these on your wish list!

An Online Writing Course

Writers are busy people. Even if we’ve achieved the ultimate dream of writing for a living, we usually still have side projects that take up our time after work hours. And yet part of being a writer is continuing our writing education. Full time job, side projects, classes… you see how little time we have, right?

The beauty of an online writing course is that the writer in your life can take the course anytime, anywhere. An online writing course can fit within even the busiest of schedules. There are a variety of courses to choose from, too, so it’s a gift that can be given time and time again. Just be sure to give an online writing course that’s suitable for the writer— you don’t want to give a journalism course to a poet, for example (unless they are trying to be the ultimate multi-tasker, like me).

Writing Retreats

Writers may have busy schedules, but that’s all the more reason to take a vacation that focuses primarily on writing. Writing retreats are amazing. Seriously. You get to just nerd out with a bunch of other writers for days on end. It’s writer heaven. I mean, the last writing retreat I went to made me cry. At one point, all 300+ people in the room were crying, that’s how into we got (thanks, Elizabeth Gilbert).

However, retreats are not cheap. It’s quite the splurge for most writers to spend the time and money on a retreat, which is why a writing retreat is an amazing and perfect gift for any writer. If you’re brave enough, feel free to buy yourself a ticket and tag along.

Writing Tools that are actually Needed

Notebooks, pens, and pencils, oh my! Writers love these things. Send a writer into a bookstore and they’ll return with a new notebook every time (or am I just speaking for myself here?). But these wonderfully delightful items are not things we usually need.

You know what I really need? An ergonomic keyboard. So glamorous, right? I’ll be the fanciest girl in town with that gift. But it’s something I really need and I haven’t gotten around to buying myself one. Or that wireless mouse, or office chair with lumbar support, or new e-reader with a glare-free screen. These items are all tools I should really have in my toolbox, and I bet you have a writer in your life that needs them, too. Sometimes the least fancy gifts are the best ones.

A Therapy Session

Ha ha ha! Kidding! Not an actual therapy session, but something that truly is pure therapy for writers is a consultation with a literary coach or agent. A literary consultation is a crucial part of the book making process and is useful to any writer who has a project in the works. Even writers without a current writing project can benefit from a session with a literary coach, or could schedule the session for when they think they’ll have a writing project on the go.

There are a variety of literary consultations to choose from, including ones with editors, agents, and teachers. This means you’ll have to do a little digging to find out what will be the most beneficial to the writer in your life. But that’s what makes this gift a special one and a perfect gift to give for the holidays.

Re-Gifting a Writer’s Words

One of the most perfect gifts I ever received was a spiral notebook of a short story I wrote when I was ten, with the pages all laminated and typed up nicely (thank goodness, because I doubt I would have been able to read my ten year old handwriting). I had forgotten all about that story, but then there it was, immortalized in laminate and metal coils. That trip down memory lane to my childhood self was a special gift indeed.

There are many ways to turn a writer’s words into a present. Here’s a short list:

*Take a paragraph or striking sentence and put it on canvas. Voilà! Beautiful artwork made from the writer’s own words.

*Publish their writing with a print on demand service, such as Lulu or Blurb. You can choose one story, make a collection of short stories, or even a book of poems.

*Make a bookmark using a sentence from one of the writer’s stories as an inspiring quote. There are bookmark making services online, or you can make one by hand and laminate it.

*Put sentence from one of their stories on an ornament. You can hand paint a glass ornament, have an ornament engraved, or have one created.

*Make a photo book and use the writer’s words to caption the photos. You can use phrases from a single story or multiple pieces of writing.

*Make a scrapbook of things they’ve written (just don’t use their original copies!).

These ideas are just a few of many. If you think of more, let me know! I’ve got writers to shop for, too.

Happy holidays!