Stephen Kastner

Stephen Kastner

Since 1997, I have been an independent consultant at DesignWise Studios. I began as a visual artist in painting and photography. In the 1980s, I was a professional photo-journalist for the NYT papers in Florida. In 2006, I lived in Yunnan, China and spent 6 months as a filmmaker while designing the curriculum for what was to became the top-rated Chinese Culture Spa on TripAdvisor, the Linden Centre. Now, I employ writing, digital photography, videography, graphic design, and networked media to create all varieties of digital storytelling and I coach authors to write their stories and share them via self-publishing at Green Mountain Writers Group.

Harold and Maude Trivia Collection

Harold and Maude

Anyone who’s seen Harold and Maude more than once begins to notice interesting tidbits and trivia. The screenplay for Harold and Maude was Colin Higgins’ thesis for the UCLA screenwriting MFA program. The professor teaching the course told Colin that…

Good Naked, What Could Go Wrong?

Joni B. Cole

Of course I signed up for a Writer’s Workshop entitled Good Naked. I saw her before I entered the room, instantly sensing an attractive alpha female, having taken a flash inventory of the participants as I opened the glass door.…

The World and what you make of it

The World by Stephen Kastner, Green Mountain Writers Review

It is what you make of it, your world. But is it really all you’ve got? Your hands representing creativity, your feet representing mobility, your senses like windows to all that surrounds you. Touch is the panorama, your skin the…

Tarot, a Cure for Writer’s Block?

Carl Jung on Tarot

The term writer’s block was first coined in New York City in 1947 by Edmund Bergler, a well-known disciple of Sigmund Freud. Bergler called it a form of “psychic masochism, the unconscious wish to defeat one’s conscious aims, and to…