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

Give It Up

Give It Up

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments

  A friend of mine enjoyed a successful art show recently.  Everyone had a great time at the gallery, and her work was admired by all.  A person made a comment about not liking one of the pieces, and it was hard for my friend to stop focusing on this.  It was as if that […]

Worth A Read: Quiet, by Susan Cain

Worth A Read: Quiet, by Susan Cain

Aug 25, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: No. 1 on NPR’s bestseller list, No. 1 non-fiction on Goodread’s Choice Awards The GIST: Susan Cain’s TED talk is one of that series’ most popular, supporting the premise of her book that introversion is not a direct route to the sidelines. An introvert herself, Cain felt indignant at society’s view of introversion […]

Don’t Hold Back

Don’t Hold Back

Aug 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here’s a thought experiment: let’s say you go to a meeting and you haven’t met any of the players. You might be intimidated thinking this group will know more than you do and that you may not have the answers or information they need. You could hold back a bit, listening to what others have […]