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.

Recent Posts

Brave the Deep

Brave the Deep

Mar 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

When I was in high school, we lived in San Diego. Perfect year-round weather afforded me a delightful routine that I started when I got my driver’s license. Once or twice a week, I would drive our VW bus to La Jolla Shores, park in the public lot and head out for a swim, alone. […]

Worth A Read: Leaving Before The Rains Come, by Alexandra Fuller

Worth A Read: Leaving Before The Rains Come, by Alexandra Fuller

Feb 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

The BUZZ: Latest memoir from the author of Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness The GIST: In her third memoir, Alexandra Fuller untangles the breakdown of her marriage to Charlie Ross, whom she met and fell in love with in Zambia. His calm, capable persona promised rescue […]

Consider the Season

Consider the Season

Feb 20, 2015 | No Comments

I’m trying to capture the snow in my mind’s eye to remember it this summer. Some days it seems impossible that the snow will ever be gone, but I know how these things work. By June, we’ll have forgotten just how high it was, just how cold it was, just how hard it was for […]

Worth A Read: The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins

Worth A Read: The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins

Feb 16, 2015 | No Comments

The BUZZ: A debut psychological thriller that is already a New York Times bestseller; Amazon Best Book of the Month for January, 2015. The GIST: Lonely and bored, Rachel rides the train to London each day, passing through the suburbs. The train stops regularly at a particular crossing, and Rachel has the chance to peer into the lives […]

Expand Your Vision: An Evening with Christo at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Expand Your Vision: An Evening with Christo at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Feb 13, 2015 | No Comments

I was thrilled to receive an invitation from my friend, Yu-Wen, to hear Christo speak in Stowe, Vermont last week. The 420-seat auditorium was packed on a freezing Thursday night. I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing any of Christo’s site-specific art installations, but have followed his career since high school when I first saw […]