ShowMe Writers Masterclass Mini presents “Mindful Writing” with Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland is Associate aProfessor of English at the University of Missouri. She’s taught classes and workshops in Mindful Writing for students and faculty there since 2008. A graduate of the Mindfulness for Educators program at Antioch University of New England, she also recently completed an MA in Counseling Psychology and brings that disciplinary lens to bear on her work in writing. She is the author of The Managerial Unconscious in CompositinStudies and numerous essays on gender, race, affect, and labor in the field.

This workshop offers a theory for and direct practice in a mindful apporach to writing. This approach draws inspiration from Robert Boice’s book, How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency, which will be highlighted during the workshop.

Workshop participants will engage in breath and-body-based mindfulness practices–including gentle yoga and meditation–as a way to cultivate the calm and focus necessary to write with “comfort and fluency.” We will then extend this calm and focus into brief writing sessions. All participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a writing project to work on.

Well Versed 2019


Well Versed 2019 is now accepting submissions in the fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres! We are looking forward to reading your submissions! Please read below for important information regarding submission guidelines and rules.

We are looking for stories, essays and poems that bring subjects to life with well-developed characters, compelling voices, and carefully chosen details.

All entries must be received via the 2019 Well Versed Submission Form by 11:59 CST on January 31, 2019. You will need to use a Google account to fill out the form. You can create a free account here.

Entry Fees for members are included with paid membership. For nonmembers, entries are priced below. Nonmembers can visit to pay by PayPal or Credit Card.

  • Each prose (fiction/non-fiction) entry = $15 (max of 2)
  • Poetry bundle (3 poems) entry = $15 (max of 1)

General Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be unpublished at the time of submission. They can however be published elsewhere after they have been published in Well Versed 2019.
  2. DO NOT put your name or contact information on your document/manuscript. Failure to follow this rule will disqualify your submission.
  3. Submissions that demean people or groups of people based on appearance, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, practices, politics or any other category or generalization will be disqualified.
  4. Submissions that include graphic or gratuitous violence/sexual content will be disqualified.
  5. Please proofread your work. Consider finding a professional editor to help you.

Prose (Fiction/Non-Fiction) Guidelines

  1. Prose (fiction/non-fiction) categories are limited to 2 submissions per person.
  2. Maximum length of submissions is 2000 words.

Poetry Guidelines

  1. Poetry is limited to 3 submissions per person.
  2. Poetry may be in any style.
  3. Poems are limited to 50 lines.
  4. Lines should be single-spaced, with a double-space between verses.

For additional information about the judging process and awards, please visit the CWG website. If you have questions, please email us.


Drew Robinson

Editor, Well Versed 2019


Genre’ Meetup

Individual genre’ groups will meet separately at a volunteer host’s home or chosen venue. More details to follow.