Got writer’s block? Having trouble finding your creative flow? Need more fun in your work, and in your life?
Get out of your head and into your heart with Script & Story's one-of-a-kind online intensive Writing Through Play!
With the responsibilities of our adult lives, and our inner critics constantly telling us we're not good enough, it's no wonder we lose our sense of play!
However, play is the foundation of creativity, imagination and innovation. It's there, inside each and every one of us, just waiting for us to embrace it like we once did as kids. We just need to give ourselves permission to access that part of our silly, authentic selves again to fully connect with ourselves, and our creativity.
In this one-of-a-kind 4 week intensive taught live over Zoom with fellow students, you'll learn how to get out of your head, overcome writer's block, find your flow, and write from your heart through the art of play! ✨
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
- Diane Ackerman
In this one-of-a-kind live intensive, you'll learn how to get out of your head, overcome writer's block, find your flow, and write from your heart through the art of play!
Writing Through Play is a 4 week intensive
Class will be every Saturday during the course of 1 month
Class will be from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
Learn and play alongside other students from all over the world via Zoom
Minimum 2 hour weekly commitment, plus self-guided assignments each week (the more you put into the assignments, the more you'll get out of the course!)
Please note all prices are in USD
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Through timed writing exercises, prompts, assignments, worksheets, arts and crafts, movement, sharing your work, and play, you will learn how to:
GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
Leave that inner critic behind and give yourself the permission to just write and play
FIND YOUR FLOW
Find and practice your creative flow state during live Zoom sessions amongst fellow writers
OVERCOME WRITER'S BLOCK
Explore and discover a variety of techniques to work through writer’s block, and find inspiration
WRITE FROM YOUR HEART
Express your authentic voice and get to know yourself better as a person and as a creator
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET
Please note that any work done for the class will not be critiqued. We believe play isn't something to be critiqued, but rather something to be explored without constraints.
We will, however, encourage students to share what they loved about each other's work at the end of every class!
(If you're in need of feedback on your work, specifically a screenplay, we offer script coverage services and would be happy to help!)
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED
PAPER, TAPE, STRING &
You will need to make a mask for the class. Feel free to get as creative as you'd like by using any materials you have at home! Whether it's the materials listed above, or paint, arts and craft supplies, papier-mâché, face paint, or even an object/objects you can transform into a mask--anything is welcome! The only requirement is that it must go over your face, plus have a costume associated with it.
Which brings us to our next item on the list...
Not only is it a requirement to wear clothes to class(!), you will be required to go through your wardrobe/
belongings to create costumes at a few points during the course. Use anything you can find. Clothes, accessories, towels, curtains(!?), even things that aren't traditionally supposed to be worn as clothing! Don't be afraid to get creative!
Although you don't need a ballroom, you will need at least a meter or two of space to move around for some of the warm-ups and exercises!
Because this will be a hands-on experience with a high level of engagement between classmates and the facilitator, please ensure your space will be free of disruptions and distractions out of respect for your classmates, and so you get the most out of this unique experience!
We also suggest wearing comfortable clothing that you can move in easily for each class, as there will be some movement portions.
TO BE SILLY
Letting go of whatever is holding you back from letting go is one of those human conundrums many of us have struggled to solve, nevermind overcome!
That said, it is completely understandable that it may take some time to become comfortable in the class, and that's more than okay. We just want to ensure our students and prospective students know that this class requires a willingness to take that first step towards allowing yourself to let go and play, which in turn will also require vulnerability. It's scary, we know. But trust us when we say it'll be worth it!
We will be doing everything in our power to ensure the class will not be recorded as we have a strict no photos/videos/audio recordings policy* so that the space stays as safe as possible.
*Photos may be taken by the facilitator for promotional materials but only with
advanced notice and explicit permission from all class participants.
OR YOUR MONEY BACK
We wanted to put "no questions asked" after "or your money back", however we value your thoughts and opinions! After all, we created Script & Story for you!
If you're not satisfied with our courses/intensives and you'd like to share why, we will do everything in our power to ensure you feel you've gotten the most out of your Script & Story experience. If you still feel unsatisfied even after we've addressed your concern, we will refund 100% of your money back—no more questions asked!
MEET YOUR FACILITATOR
SCRIPT & STORY'S CEO, LEAD INSTRUCTOR & SCRIPT CONSULTANT
Whether it’s on stage, on screen, or in my grandma’s living room, I have dedicated my life to the art of storytelling. That presented itself in many different ways over the last 20 years of being in the performing arts/film industry, be it training or opportunities. While the majority of my training and opportunities were insightful and rewarding, the most beneficial, the most impactful were the ones that focused on the root of creation: play!
In 2014, I took my first Pochinko clown intensive at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers, and it completely changed my life.
Contrary to popular belief, we did not learn birthday party clowning--no, we learned performance clown which focuses on the fine art of letting go and following your flow. In that class, we discovered our clown/inner fool for the first time--our 100% authentic selves--and it was in that class that I truly discovered myself as an artist, and as a person.
Naturally, I was hooked on this fun, liberating thing called play that I almost completely forgot how to do. So, in 2015, I jumped at the chance to take Advanced Clown, which consisted of an in-depth exploration of not only our inner fool, but also our inner Joey (powerful; high status) and our inner Auguste (eager to serve their Joey; low status). Then, in 2017, I returned to the U of A to take Baby Clown & Mask, rediscovering myself and my inner fool once again, but most importantly, rediscovering play after an extremely traumatic time in my life.
After completing the 3 clown intensives, I continued my training in play in a variety of workshops and courses, most recently Overcoming Creative Doubt at The Making-Box. Previous to that, I studied improv at the Second City Hollywood, as well as took a Pochinko clown Chekov workshop with Christopher Brauer at the University of Winnipeg. To this day, I continue to train in play whenever I can (just completed Virtual Playground: A Clown Class with Shannan Calcutt in March 2021!), as well as try and incorporate play into to my everyday life as much as possible.
As for writing, I've recently been contracted to write a feature screenplay for a production with a Canadian producer attached (more details to come when production allows!). Additionally, I've also recently finished writing the second draft of my third feature script Metagame alongside Dylan Miles—an epic LGBTQ+ Dungeons & Dragons-inspired YA fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. My second feature screenplay Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused LGBTQ+ independent film, made it to the second round of the 2020 Sundance Development Track, second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and the ScreenCraft Fellowship semifinals.
Both writing and play have gotten me through many creative and personal ruts, from daily "blahs" and writers block, all the way to playing a part in my trauma recovery. Having had such an impactful part in my own life, I designed this one-of-a-kind course to provide writers with a transformational training experience in hopes that the art of play can enrich their work and their lives just as it did for mine.
✨ WRITING THROUGH PLAY TESTIMONIALS ✨
The world needs more play and Mandi can help us get there! I attended two of Mandi’s Writing Through Play workshops that she tailored for an academic audience during our York University graduate student association’s summer writing retreat. Mandi was amazing! Her activities are fun and designed to inspire creativity, something all writers need. Mandi helped me to access different parts of my inner self that I don’t usually consider while writing. When I use Mandi’s techniques now, the words just flow. Mandi’s workshops are suitable for anyone who needs or wants to write, no matter the profession. Thank you, Mandi!
*Contrary to the design of this page, this is not a course for kids! You must be 18+ years of age to register due to the high possibility of strong language and mature subject matter.