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WELL 04 — Mindfulness and Reflective Writing

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 24—May 22
Time: 6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 26
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Ammi Keller
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Cancelled
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Apr 24—May 22
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 26
1 Unit
Ammi Keller
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Writing, paired with mindfulness practice, can bring us back to ourselves and connect us to others. During this course, we will learn about and try on contemplative practices paired with writing prompts. During the first week, we’ll meditate on the five senses and write inspired by memory. For the second, we’ll learn about loving kindness meditation and reflect on meaningful relationships. In the third, we’ll explore breath meditation and the practice of writing haiku poetry to connect to the present moment. For the fourth, we’ll explore how compassion connects us to other people and optionally experiment with writing fiction. For the final week, we’ll learn about the connection between gratitude and hope, then write to connect with past experiences and future hopes.

During each session, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share insights, to celebrate our common humanity by sharing our writing and/or practicing mindful listening, and to reflect on the impact of the practices and activities. The course goals include helping participants build resilience, creating a bridge between mindfulness and writing, and fostering a community devoted to authenticity, kindness, and serious play.

Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s teaching focuses on the intersection of mindfulness and creative writing. Her writing appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Soft Skull Press and Tor/Forge Books and has received residencies from the Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.