Reconnect with your creativity

It begins with the breath . . .

Write what you know

We have all heard that advice. But how can you write what you know, when you don’t know what you know? Life is so busy that you haven’t had an original thought outside of last minute school lunch ideas (remember those?) and reinventing your powerpoint presentations.

It’s been so long. You want to get back to writing. And now, you’ve lived long enough that you have stories to tell. But where to begin.

You’re disconnected from your creativity.

Remembering what you know

Mindfulness can help. By training our minds to stop ruminating over the past and worrying about the future, we come to the present where creativity flourishes.

You remember that you are a creative being. You have stories to tell. You have a unique perspective.

Mindfulness for writers

With mindfulness, we quiet the noise of the demanding world outside us and the yammering of the critic inside us. In that stillness, we connect with our true creative nature. From there, we can begin to remember what it is we are to write.

Barriers fall away. We see ourselves and the world clearly. We feel our connection to humanity and the arts. Ideas present themselves. Stories reveal themselves.

Mindful Writing

Susan Barr-Toman teaches The Mindful Writing Life through Mindful Writing workshops and retreats, which are a combination of mindfulness instruction, meditation, writing exercises, and sharing.


Susan offers Mindful Writing workshops to build a mindful approach to the writing life and to open up ways of seeing to generate ideas. In addition, she offers traditional fiction and non-fiction workshops for groups to support and encourage each other.


Join Susan for day-long or weekend Mindful Writing retreats, in which we meditate and write around a theme. A couple of past retreats were Leap into Leap Day and The Body Tells the Story.

One-on-One Coaching

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I loved your course…. I see the clear connection between meditating and writing and plan to add this to my practice. Every single exercise you led us through produced new and interesting material for my novel and further developed the characters.

Kirsten C., student, Building a Mindful Writing Practice

Susan was a fantastic facilitator. Her guided meditations were wonderful: spacious, open with brief and poignant guidance introduced throughout. Her ability to adapt to the group was impeccable. Her humor and quick wit added a lightness to the group and softened the glow of vulnerable sharing of personal writings. Her attention to the group as a whole was on point throughout.

Mara W., Leap into Leap Day Weekend Retreat


Susan Barr-Toman has been teaching writing for 13+ years. She is the author of the award winning novel, When Love Was Clean Underwear. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Review of Books among others.

Get in Touch

Reach out if you are interested in joining an existing workshop or retreat, or if you would like to discuss a customized workshop for your studio, school, or organization.

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