Course DescriptionA vital stepping stone in becoming a professional writer is learning how to overcome the derailing self-critical doubts in order to complete the assignment at hand in a timely, productive, and enjoyable way. Many beginning and veteran writers struggle with self-judgments, second-guessing their plot and word choices, while not tuning into their own authentic creative impulses. Using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey model, this workshop offers skill-based talks, followed by instruction in meditations that liberate non-judgmental creativity and deepen core pieces of the writing process, including structure, plot, character, dialogue, conflict, and emotional arcs. After each meditation, writing exercises focus on key story elements, providing a unique, on-site opportunity to develop a new or existing stories and characters. The array of mindfulness tools that the aspiring writer takes from this workshop also help navigate meetings with entertainment industry executives and agents.