Usama Alshaibi and I are offering consultations for makers to move through creative blocks and to reinvigorate and refine an existing work. If your project is stalled due to a block or you feel anxious to continue working on a project, we can help you reconnect to the pleasure of making. We can offer a fresh set of eyes on your draft or rough cut to help you fulfill your vision by ensuring your project stays connected to its heartbeat.

Our online consultations are project-specific. While our primary forms of making are film and writing, we are excited to work with makers in all forms. We will offer you support with and editing advice for your draft/rough cut, creative process support, and generative exercises to help you connect to a sense of play with your work.


  • $120 for a one hour session

  • Bundle of three sessions: $350

  • Bundle of five sessions: $560

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Usama Alshaibi is an Iraqi-American director, writer and producer. His films have received grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Playboy Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. His narrative and documentary films have screened all over the world and have premiered on the Sundance Channel and been broadcast on television stations across the globe. He is a professor at Colorado State University, and has been teaching film production and film studies for over 7 years.

Lauren Samblanet is a poet and hybrid writer who cross-pollinates with other forms of making & other makers of forms. Some of her poems and hybrid writings have been published in Fence, A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault, Dreginald, Entropy, Bedfellows, The Tiny, Crab Fat Magazine, and aglimpseof. She is a graduate of Temple University's MFA program. She is teacher and facilitator who runs Reinventing Creative Practice, where she offers experiential workshops that play with mindfulness and somatic modalities to help makers build more embodied, pleasurable, and emotionally safe creative practices.