Mindful Writers


A Day-Long Retreat 

This workshop is full. If you would like to know when the next session opens up, please email aprildavila@gmail.com

What to Expect:


This six-hour online seminar is designed specifically for writers looking to draft more compelling, resonant, and authentic prose, whether composing fiction, narrative nonfiction, or memoir.

In addition to exploring how mindful awareness can guide our craft, we will also discuss the myriad ways a solid meditation practice can serve to keep us healthy, both mentally and physically.


Suitable for beginning meditators as well as those with an established practice, novice writers as well as published authors.

Meet The Instructor


April Dávila has been practicing meditation since 2002. She was certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher after a two-year course of study under Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She received her masters degree in writing from USC in 2010 and her debut novel, "142 Ostriches," was published in the spring of 2020 to excellent reviews. When she's not meditating or riding bikes with her kids, she can usually be found at her desk writing fiction. For more information check out her website at http://aprildavila.com

Register Now


This workshop is full.

Questions? email aprildavila@gmail.com


Class Outline

This six-hour course will aim at the following topics (leaving room for deviation as appropriate):

  • Introduction to Mindfulness 

    • An introduction to insight meditation​ for those who are new to the practice (or could use a review).

  • Meeting Our Inner Critic With Kindness

    • We will discuss the science of reactivity in our human brains. We will name our inner critics, and learn to quiet them with kindness.​

  • Exploring the Minds of Our Characters

    • ​We can use our understanding of our own patterned responses to understand our characters’ motivation and write relatable, sympathetic individuals.

  • World Building

    • ​Using mindfulness we can hone our powers of observation, slow down and fill our writing with the kind of rich details that immerse readers.

  • Emotional Resonance on the Page

    • We will explore our own emotions and practice sitting with them so that we might better write emotional scenes with empathy and precision. ​

  • Dealing With Writer's Block​

    • Banish writer's block by taking a closer look at what is keeping you from writing. ​

  • Putting Our Inner Critic To Work

    • Having made friends with our inner critic, we can put it to work where it works best - as a top-notch editor.  ​

The day will include periods of meditation as well as various writing exercises. 

Register Now


This workshop is full.

Questions? email aprildavila@gmail.com