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Shozan Jack Haubner spent a decade in Hollywood learning screenwriting before shaving his head, taking up the path of a full-time monk, and moving to a Zen Buddhist monastery. There, he gathered material for his first collection of essays, Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk, for which Leonard Cohen wrote the foreword.
In this workshop, through lecture, group discussion, close reading of creative nonfiction essays, and the workshopping of our essays, we learn literary tools and techniques to help us plumb the depths of our own personal experiences to construct a unique story of spiritual searching that builds up to a universal insight.
We discover how our seemingly most boring, ugly, and unspiritual aspects, when held with focused awareness and honesty, often bear the most creative fruits. We also explore the pitfalls we can fall into when writing about spirituality. The rudiments of Zen meditation are explored to give us a taste of what it means to write from a place of silence.
Please bring up to three pieces (6,000 words total) of your own creative nonfiction for group discussion.
Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:
The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty
Shozan Jack Haubner has published essays in Tricycle, Shambhala Sun, The Sun, Utne Reader, BuddhaDharma, Spirituality & Health, the Huffington Post, and other publications. He has earned a Pushcart Prize and has been featured the anthology Best Buddhist Writing.