Mindfulness and Creative Writing


Stanford Continuing Studies

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Writing, paired with mindfulness practice, can bring us back to ourselves and connect us to others, even during the most challenging of times. During this course, we will learn about and try on contemplative practices paired with creative explorations of past roles, present-moment sensory experience, future hopes and commitments, and fictional possibilities. Each session will pair mindfulness practice with step-by-step creative writing activities designed to make invention easy and available even for those with no previous writing experience, while those with an existing habit will gain new techniques for dropping into creative flow. Between live sessions, students will have the option to post their writing for peer support and participate in discussions about mindfulness in everyday life. The course will include guided seated meditations (mindfulness and loving-kindness), accessible mindful movement, “scratching” (a term choreographer Twyla Tharp coined to describe preparation for creative insight), the chance to try memoir, poetry, or fiction, collaborative writing, and reflective writing on core values. Each week the activities will focus on a single theme, including gratitude, joy, hope, compassion, and self-compassion. During each session, there will be an opportunity to choose an intention, to celebrate our common humanity by sharing writing or practicing mindful listening, and to reflect privately on the impact of our participation. The course goals include helping participants build resilience, creating a bridge between mindfulness and creativity, and fostering a community devoted to authenticity, kindness, and serious play.

Topics include

  • Creating a bridge between mindfulness and creativity
  • How to build resilience and foster a community
  • Contemplative techniques that you can continue to practice after the course

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