The Writing Life

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: November 19, 2022
  • End Date: November 19, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $0.00
  • Member Price: $0.00

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FREE Meditation for Writers

As authors, we deal with writer's block, rejection, and critics (both internal and external), all while trying to carve out a place for ourselves in the often chaotic world of professional writing. By sharing scientific research and personal experience, this class will explore how secular mindfulness practice helps artists deal with challenges both big and small.

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Registration for free classes opens on August 30 with general public registration.

April Davila

April Davila


April Dávila is an award-winning author and certified mindfulness instructor. Writer's Digest listed her blog (at as one of their Best 101 Websites for Writers. She is the co-founder of A Very Important Meeting ( She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner.

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and the Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow. She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing. In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course. Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers. In 2021, she was selected as a Jack Straw Fellow. In 2022 she celebrated a nomination from Barrelhouse for Best of the Net.

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