Mindfulness for Writers

In this 8-week online workshop at the SFCWI you will find ways to reinvigorate your writing with the benefits of applied mindfulness practices, all while actively writing in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere. You will learn to use mindful awareness to focus the mind, quiet the chatter, and open the senses. We will engage with practices that leave you feeling calmer and more centered, lending your writing greater clarity and quality of imagination.

This class is open to all levels of writers, and we will work with a variety of genres. We will explore the uses of mindfulness and writing as a technique to confront the blank page, enliven the senses in writing, design interesting stories, use voice to connect with audiences, overcome writer’s block and distracting chatter, and be compassionate with ourselves. Join us to learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to enrich our sense of connection and wellbeing as we engage fully in a writing practice that meets us where we’re at and can help support and sustain us.

Thursday Nights | 6-8:00 pm PDT (GMT -7)


April 16, 2020 - June 04, 2020


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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Caitlin Krause


Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause is a learning expert, author, writer and keynote speaker. In her 2019 book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individuals and groups leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with their audiences and communities. Caitlin’s publications include Mindful by Design (2019), From Beginning to End (2012), and a book of poetry-photography The Book of Electric Cattle Prods (2007). Her work has appeared in Forbes, HIGGS, EdSurge, Tech&Learning, Woven Tale Press, The Woolf Quarterly, The Aurorean, Avocet, Her Mark, and Solstice magazine.  As founder of the MindWise consultancy, co-founder of the Center of Wise Leadership, and a virtual reality and AI specialist, Caitlin contributes to building products and experiences that promote humanity, innovation and emotional intelligence. She speaks extensively in Europe and North America, delivering keynotes and leading professional development and learning workshops. Complementing her work with mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL), she coaches about effective use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and immersive storytelling to boost innovation, creativity and wellbeing.  Mentoring the 2020 MIT Reality Hack, Caitlin reinforced principles of UX, story, design and empathy as core components of a meaningful XR experience. She works as a scriptwriter and VR/AR story designer in digital therapeutics with a focus on mental health VR, using mindfulness, guided imagery, HCD, biofeedback, BA and CBT. Caitlin's book Mindful by Design debuted at the World Economic Forum, where she spoke about the future of education, sci-fi and immersive technology. Through her leadership and organizational consulting, she helps individuals and teams create connection in the midst of complexity and change. She recently created a mindfulness and SEL series in social VR, fusing presence, storytelling, curiosity and emotional intelligence. Caitlin has more than a decade of experience as a full-time educator, and serves as an interdisciplinary curriculum designer, promoting mindful leadership models throughout organizations. She holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Lesley University, and believes in embracing creative constraints, living a life filled with moments of wonder, and connecting with passion, purpose and presence.