MINDFUL SCREENWRITING Workshops combining Mindfulness Meditation and Screenwriting or writing for Screens. Wiseman has been certified by Dharma Moon and Tibet House (New York City) as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. He draws on Mindful Self-Compassion techniques and other secular Buddhist practices as well as diversity of sources. The 8 week , once a week workshop, or the one week intensive are both geared toward story/project development, including recent stories or those about to be born. More info to follow regarding upcoming workshops in 2023.
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Mindful Screenwriting Program: some excerpts from the program
Journey to the Land of Story, planned and unplanned, sought after and seeking.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks
Some Techniques and Workshop Elements (not necessarily in this order):
- traditional Tibetan group meditation
- blue sky meditation
-project or story concept
-what is it -exploration and design
-connective tissue - characters, themes, and events, major and minor
-inner critic and core value exercises
- drawing on the works of Tich Nhat Hanh, Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Joseph Goldstein
- I wish moment for ourselves and our characters
- film excerpt examples screened
- large and small groups listening and responding