May 15 • 34M

The Zen of Writing

A Conversation with Janis Cooke Newman, Author and Zen Practitioner

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Janis Cooke Newman is the author of a memoir (about adopting her son from a Russian orphanage) and two award-winning historical novels. She has also been a well-published travel writer for the past two decades. 

Ever since she published her first book in 2001, she’s been committed to helping other writers get their work out into the world. In 2009, she started the highly successful writing classes program at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and curated them for 5 years. In 2012, she founded Lit Camp, a juried writers conference now held every year at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. In 2020, she launched an online community for writers called Creative Caffeine Daily. 

She’s also an experienced writing coach, offering coaching packages, mentoring and editing for writers through her business Highbeam Editorial. She’s also developed a series of workshops and retreats that combine mindfulness and writing, which she teaches at both Esalen and the San Francisco Zen Center, where she practices sitting alone with others.