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

Worth A Read: Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

Worth A Read: Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

Oct 20, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: Collection of essays by the award-winning writer, director and star of HBO’s Girls The GIST: Just like her TV series, Lena Dunham’s book is gritty and disturbing. I’m a fan, and find her controversial work fascinating. It borders on offensive as she has no boundaries around what might be in good taste or […]

Beat A Path

Beat A Path

Oct 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Deep inside each of us is a person who desperately wants to create, just for the sake of creating. Not to please, not to win awards, but simply to put his or her version of the world out in the world. It will take a lot more than simply deciding to express ourselves to make […]

Worth A Read: Stone Mattress, by Margaret Atwood

Worth A Read: Stone Mattress, by Margaret Atwood

Oct 13, 2014 | No Comments

The BUZZ: A book of short stories by the incomparable Atwood. She has 40 published works – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s books – to her credit to date. The GIST: These nine tales are deceptive. On the surface, they are straightforward, told in the crisp, witty, intelligent style Atwood is known for. The reader […]