Mindful Writing Retreat

Feb 15 to 17,  2019


15 Feb (Friday)

Introduction to Mindful Writing: How to get started on your book, memoir or screenplay? Writing after meditating helps you to find your authentic creative voice by quietening the inner critic.

  • Ice breaker activity for pp to get to know each other
  • Introductory Mindful Writing Exercise
  • Writing (individual)
  • Sharing of writing (optional)
  • Questions and queries (group)
  • Individual consultations
16 Feb (Sat)

Talk on Mindful Listening…responding to the call to adventure…to find your inner wisdom and your story. Tools for writing a story; structure, plot and character.

“There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou

  • Mindful Writing Hero’s Journey Meditation – how to begin, handle doubt, not knowing, trusting one’s instinct
  • Writing after Meditation
  • Sharing of writing (Optional)
  • Questions and queries
  • Break
  • Talk on Mindful Walking as a creative writing tool
  • Walking Meditation
  • Writing after Meditation
  • Sharing of writing (optional)
  • Talk on Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Eating
  • Lunch
  • How to develop characters and character arcs?
  • Loving Kindness Meditation to get to know your characters at a deeper level
  • Writing
  • Sharing of experience (optional)
  • Sharing of writing
  • Questions and queries
  • Tea Break
  • Talk on Mindfulness of the senses: How to keep the reader reading, the audience watching…how to build dramatic character and story tension
  • The Open Mind Meditation – creating awareness of various senses to be used in writing
  • Writing
  • Sharing of writing
  • Questions and queries
  • Individual Consultation (optional)
17 Feb (Sun)
  • Individual Consultations
  • Talk on exploring endings: resolutions…how to resolve story and conflict in writing
  • Mountain Meditation
  • Writing after meditation
  • Sharing of Writing
  • Networking and Bonding over Lunch
  • Forming writing interest groups
  • Addressing craft questions: next steps; how to begin again, a new chapter, a new book, a new day of writing
  • Talk on different genres, using first person vs third person, using tenses to create effect
  • Boat Meditation to generate new ideas
  • Writing
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