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Writing Meditation Seminar & Workshop

Come, Join us for Pennwriters 25th Annual Conference!   The 25th Annual Pennwriters Conference will be held from May 18th through the 20th at The Eden Resort & Suites, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (Eden Resorts in Lancaster, PA.) This year's program includes Dr. Madhu B. Wangu's Pre-Conference Seminar on Mindful Writing Meditation and the workshop,  Writing Meditation After 50.  Pre-Conference Seminar: Mindful Writing Meditation Thursday, May 17, 2012, 8:00-12:00, The reason so many talented writers are unable to complete their manuscript is not so much the lack of aptitude or skill but the lack of discipline and focus. Come and learn the practice of  Writing Meditation as a means to tap into your inner source of creativity and commitment. Dr. Wangu will guide participants through three fifteen-minutes meditations on...

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Pennwriters Organization Presents: Dr. Madhu B. Wangu

Dr. Madhu B. Wangu's areas of study are Hindu & Buddhist Goddesses and Asian Art. She has a doctorate in the Phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Harvard University. For fifteen years, she taught at Wellesley and Wheaton Colleges in Massachusetts and at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. In 1997, she voyaged around the world with 750 college students & 28 faculty members from around the country. In 2010, she founded Mindful Writers Group. She leads writers through meditation and writing sessions. A former Author Advocate at Pennwriters, she is presently an active board member. Dr Wangu is writing A  Guidebook for Mindful Writing and Living  and an American edition of her debut novel,  An Indian Immigrant Wife. Latest work: Meditation for Mindful...

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Writing Goals for 2012

Whether you are a budding writer or more advanced writer, I sincerely hope that this year you will integrate the practices of meditation and writing. Meditation cultivates mindfulness and that, in my experience, is the queen of all the writer's tools and techniques. It is simple (not easy) but the results are amazing. In order to practice meditation. Find a quiet place. Sit in a comfortable posture with your eyes closed.  Focus on your in-breath and your out-breath, and pay attention to your sensations, and thoughts and emotions passing through your mind. Practice this discipline daily or on the days you plan to write: same time same place.  Begin to meditate in small steps of five to ten minutes. Slowly increase its duration to fifteen minutes. You will feel your...

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Traditional Publishing Verses Self-Publishing

In this age of technology book publishing is in flux. Any one who can write can get published instantly. The situation is outrageous for those who have struggled through the traditional way of getting published. The battle, however, is not between those who have or want to get published traditionally and those who want to self-publish. The battle is for the end result: A good book! If you think, who needs to go through the hassle of finding an editor or a publisher? Who needs critiques and comments from publishing professionals? Why experience discomfort only to have to wait for months and risk getting eventually rejected? Right? Wrong! After you have selected one of your several drafts that you feel passionately about and revised it to the best of your ability, it...

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“Meditation for Mindful-Writers” CD

Dear Readers, Below I have pasted selected excerpts from what the mindful writers, who practice the discipline of Writing Meditation, have to say about"Meditation For Mindful Writers" CD. Your Mindful Writing CD is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the crystal clear sound of your gentle voice! And the narrator's voice is strong and commanding. The music adds a peaceful touch! Wonderful job! You should be so pleased with the outcome! I love it! (Judy B. Schneider, Editor & Author, October 2011) I listen with awe of what you have produced. I feel so honored to have witnessed the blossoming of your effort into this amazing CD. Well done!! (Cathy Vignolini, Writer, October 2011) I love it! It's beautifully recorded and I felt just as though you were beside me focusing my meditation with your gentle,...

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Steve Jobs: The “i”Genius

On October 6, 2011 Steve Jobs, inventor of the iMac/iPod/iPad/iPhone, died. And I, like millions of others, felt that something in me extinguished. I was deeply saddened when I heard that this charismatic and inspiring risk-taker was dead at 56!   It is because of individuals like him who jolt us and shake us and wake us up from our slumbering life that we learn how much we, as single individuals, are capable of doing, how much potential each of us has.   Yes, I am aware that, like any one of us, his life was contradiction of demonic and angelic traits. I read that he was petulant, abrasive, brittle, selfish, counter-culture, a control freak, nasty and ruthless. But his negative attributes morphed into positives. Let's not focus on what was unpleasant...

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Who is a Mindful Writer?

Mindful Writers are those who follow the discipline of Writing Meditation. (See Writing & Meditation Page) Almost every day they practice Writing Meditation. They may write in solitude but it is glorious and empowering to write in the company of other Writers. Gathered in one space, they seem like a group of islands engrossed in their own genre of creative writing so intense that they exude an aura that inspires and motivates. The absorption in their work radiates in the atmosphere as a sort of collective energy. The Writers begin with an intention to complete a draft, first or final, of their manuscript-fiction, non-fiction or collection of essay or stories-in nine-months. They have a definite goal that they divide into thirty-eight segments and make a commitment to stick to their schedule....

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Mindful Writers’ Workshop

A scholar of Hindu and Buddhist Art and Asian Religions, Madhu B. Wangu Ph.D., returns to the Northland Public Library with a special four-week writing workshop for writers, of all levels, who wish to externalize emotions and ideas into verbal expressions. The four sessions will include Body, Heart, Mind and Writing Meditations respectively. Each session will start with a short lecture on Mindful Writing, a meditation session followed by two or more hours of writing. You will learn how to complete the first draft of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript, how to meditate, how to take pleasure in the writing process itself and how to eliminate frustration caused by writer's block. The discipline of Writing Meditation builds a creative flow that effects the process and enhances writer's expression, voice and style. Space...

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