The Mindful Authors Accelerator

Inspiration * Transformation * Celebration

Creative Writing Education from the Inside Out

How to go from uncertain, unsure, isolated, scattered, confused,

or inconsistent to. . .

➡ Excited, inspired, confident, clear, empowered, connected

and then published!

A Compelling NEW Alternative to Traditional MFA Creative Writing Programs at an Affordable Price

Our curriculum focuses on celebrating the whole person, with complex diverse experiences and by reminding you of your inherent wisdom as the primary driver of your creativity. We follow up by providing exceptional community support, intellectually challenging content, and comprehensive guidance to help our students go from inspiration to publication; from hesitation and confusion to clarity and confidence, from procrastination to commitment and perseverance.

The Mindful Authors Accelerator is for people who have always dreamed of writing but have never been able to find or taken the time to do it because of kids, career, life challenges, or uncertainty and fear. This program is for people who have been writing all their lives and are now considering sharing their writing with a larger audience. This program is for people who have been in MFA programs and felt overwhelmed and abandoned by the competition, the harsh criticism, the narrow ideas of what great writing is or can be. This program is for people who are ready for a compassionate, heart-centered approach to dynamic creative writing instruction. This program is for people who are new to writing and want a powerful supportive framework for how to get started, how to maintain a practice and develop a process, to revise, edit, and ultimately publish their work in the world in whatever way feels right to them.

"I am really very happy to be a part of the program. It is so wonderfully inspiring, creative,
healthy, and supportive. 



"Albert created a safe environment where all
expressions of creativity and emotion were welcome."


Agented and published author of the book Heartwood: Living with the End in Mind Flatiron Books (Macmillan, 2021)
with endorsements from GloriaSteinem and Roshi Joan Halifax


“In this gentle, lucid, erudite and compassionate guide, [Writing as a Path to Awakening] Albert Flynn DeSilver offers the wisdom and warmth of a true friend who has walked the path.”


Best Selling Author of Slow Motion & Devotion


"I am so deeply grateful to Albert and his team for providing clear, consistent, inspiring content and community. The MAA program is first-rate- a true artistic home."



“Albert DeSilver is an insightful meditation teacher, who engages his students through his caring attitude, creative applications of mindfulness, and sense of humor.”


Meditation Teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center


Thank you for the reader suggestion and notes.
Most of them are new to me. Having the important points all in one place for quick reference is a huge timesaver!
The book suggestions are on my to-be-read list. Loving the
new format and platform!

— KK


I'm loving the access to the meditation in this space!
 I don't get sidetracked into unimportant things switching to another meditation platform.  It is making me more efficient. It is also a great reminder to take a sanity-break when writing into
something painful.
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

— TY


How exciting! I just finished Lesson One and I am inspired.
I am writing daily, showing up, embracing the craft, allowing myself to
be a writer.
Grateful and energized!

— PK


“The critique seminar was so insightful and inspiring!
To hear my fellow writers sharing about their writing process and to hear their work read out loud,
gave me so much to think about for my own writing.
I love being part of this group of extraordinary people!
Thank you Albert and Audrey!

— RA


I could not be happier with this program, nor could I recommend it more highly to any writer (experienced or winnable) who wants support, whether in the form of teaching, resources, or community.

Jacqueline H.


→ LIVE Weekly Classes: Access to the Wednesday Meditation Class & Friday “Writing into Truth” prompt class.

→ LIVE COACHING Accountability & Support: Weekly LIVE Coaching calls-to help you navigate your project with clarity and get unstuck.

→ PRIVATE COACHING: “Office Hours” with Audrey Kalman

→ ONLINE COURSE CURRICULUM: Dynamic & Informative Course Modules—10 Section Core Curriculum Video Tutorials, Worksheets & Exercises, and Guided Meditations covering everything from Passion, Practice and Process to story structure, dialogue, voice, and style through to editing and publication. Including. . .

Modules on how to overcome self-doubt, comparison mind, procrastination, fear and distractions.

Modules on Editing, Agent Access & Publishing.

 Worksheets, Prompts, Skills Building and Dynamic Practices.

PRIVATE COMMUNITY PLATFORM: Access to the Mighty Networks Private Community for Support & Connection.

→ CRITIQUE SESSIONS: Feedback on your work via monthly critique sessions.

→ Interviews with bestselling authors, editors and publishers.

→ Inclusion in the Brilliant Writer Annual Anthology.

SPECIAL EVENTS with bestselling authors like Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Mary Karr, George Saunders, and others.


-Transcend creative hindrances and blocks
-Develop a strong and lasting writing practice
-Clarify and strengthen your important voice
-Build confidence in your writing skills
-Connect with others in a wonderful creative community
-Access effective “insider” editing and publishing resources not found anywhere else
-Get the satisfaction of finally completing your writing project and sharing your important message with the world!  

The Mindful Authors Accelerator Program is simply the most comprehensive, highest quality, and best-valued writing program on the internet. As a result you will. . . 


Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and founder of the Brilliant Writer Community and Mindful Authors Accelerator program. He is the author of several books of poems including Letters to Early Street and the memoir Beamish Boy, which was named a “Best Book of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews. Albert served as Marin County California's very first poet laureate from 2008-2010. His nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life, based on his popular writing workshops by the same name, was published by Sounds True in 2017. Writing as a Path to Awakening was called "A must read!" by Bustle magazine and named one of Poets & Writers "Best Books for Writers" in 2018. Albert has been teaching writing for more than 20 years, first as a California Poet in the Schools, then at Colleges and Universities, and more recently at the Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. He has taught with and read alongside some of America's leading writers including U.S poet laureate Kay Ryan, bestselling authors’ Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dani Shapiro, and many others. His latest writing can be found in the Chicago Review, Being magazine (NZ), and Adventure Journal. He is currently working on a novel. 

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Audrey Kalman

Audrey Kalman is a writing workshop leader and veteran editor with more than 30 years of experience. She was a 2020 literary resident at Shuffle Collective and served as president of the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club from June 2019 through June 2021. She is the author of two published novels and her stories and poetry have appeared in more than a dozen online and print journals. Her most recent book, the collection Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award. Her current position as community support lead for the Brilliant Writer community allows her to marry the skills she gained in her previous career as a birth doula, with her love of writing and passion for championing fellow writers on their journeys.

Dear Albert,

you are excellent at giving constructive feedback and making the feedback palatable. You helped me understand where I was ‘at’ in my writing, helped me realize I need a writing structure, made me feel I could achieve my writing goals (step by step), and gave me tools to add to my writing endeavors. Thank you so much.

—A.S. San Francisco


Dear Albert,

In our coaching sessions I felt guided to a new point of awareness and a new way of looking at an issue or process in my writing that I had not thought of. I found this very useful. This is hard to do on your own, so your role as a coach was of great benefit!

—J.H. Emeryville, CA


Albert’s one-on one-coaching was a transformative experience for me. He shares his craft with an open heart and possesses deep wisdom and knowledge about writing. He is trustworthy, warm, funny and honest, which makes working with him really fun! He taught me usable skills that have helped me to be accountable to my goals. He really helped me find my voice as a writer.



I’m not only a better writer because of this course, I am also better at honoring what to write about: the world around me, the world inside me, worlds I’ve discovered, danced with or destroyed. But here’s the real deal: I am more awake. This is a direct result of Albert’s authentic presence and guidance, and the invaluable community of friends and mentors who are my fellow voyagers on this path—the Mindful Author Accelerator Program.