The Mandala Writers Circle

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Stories expand our world, and exposure to good writing improves our craft. Find our book recommendations here.

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We are Carolyn Heilman and Leah Carey, friends and writing partners. In 2012, we founded the Mandala Writers Circle.

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    Leah’s first book has been published! As Simple As Breathing: On Yoga, Writing, and Life is a collection of personal essays exploring how we overcome self-doubt, find our purpose, and share our talents. To find out more or purchase on, click here.

    - Leah’s Book Release

Recent Posts

Worth A Read: The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes

Worth A Read: The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes

May 26, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Winner of the 2011 Man Book Prize. Julian Barnes is a prolific and award-winning fiction and non-fiction author. The GIST: This short novel is a powerful study of the way we rewrite our memories to suit the story of our lives. Tony Webster is now retired after an ordinary life of marriage, divorce, childrearing, and […]

Mind Your Focus

Mind Your Focus

May 22, 2015 | No Comments

I was moved by the recent video of a cello player who set up his instrument among the rubble of a bomb explosion. His neighborhood in Baghdad had suffered three car bombings in one day, and his anguish must have been colossal. Instead of staying home, angry and afraid, something moved him to offer up […]

Worth A Read: The Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg

Worth A Read: The Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg

May 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: Historical fiction by the bestselling author of Open House and Tapestry of Fortunes. The GIST: This memoir-like story presents the life and times of the brilliant writer, George Sand. Born Aurore Dupin in 1801, Sand fled her loveless, arranged marriage to live among the artists in Paris, leaving behind her two young children. […]

Beat the Clock

Beat the Clock

May 16, 2015 | 11 Comments

I was invited to a book group to do an author reading and discussion last week (thank you Spine Tinglers, fabulous women and yoginis!). Our conversation ranged all over the place – my favorite kind – and the questions they asked were juicy. The one I’ve been chewing on since our meeting is why I […]

Worth A Read: The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer

Worth A Read: The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer

May 11, 2015 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: A new novel by the award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier. An Amazon best book of April 2015. The GIST: Spanning the decades from 1954 to present day, this is the story of the Blair family.  The pediatrician father buys a beautiful piece of property in what becomes Silicon Valley, and he […]