A great festival in a great town. Diana will be teaching workshops in poetry, prose, and free-writing:
10 AM - 4 PM (1 hr. lunch break)
Sometimes the effort to be profound or original gets us stuck. We forget that insight is not what goes into a piece of writing, but rather what comesout of it. This workshop, a day-long session opening the vault to the theory and practice of free-writing, offers practices designed to liberate us from habitual patterns, and alter the “DNA” of how we write. The Free-Writing Intensive is perfect for all genres, and an antidote to “writer’s block,” as we generate a volume of new material over the course of the day. (You need not have participated in “Part 1” to register for this session.)
Diana will be reading with Breena Clare, Janice Eidus and Elizabeth Searle.
7 PM • free
A unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets (Diana will transform once more into Samantha Badri) each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms.
This lecture will be about the “central channel”—something well-known in Eastern contemplative disciplines, though rarely discussed in connection with writing. Understanding the central channel, and how to apply it to writing, can reveal much about our craft, and open up our teaching.
A Poetry Workshop with Diana Goetsch
Often the act of writing poetry is regarded as "lofty," an endeavor requiring profound insight, else why even attempt it? But insight is not what goes into writing a poem, rather, it is what comes out of it.
In this workshop participants will be shown innovative and delightful ways to compose and revise poems, in order to lay the ground for extraordinary seeing. We will have time to start some new poems, and also get feedback on something we've brought in.
Cost: $100/125/150, sliding scale
Location: private home in Novato
An all-day multi-genre workshop on the act of composing, focusing on how writers arrive at insight on the page. To Register
For anyone inspired to get real about their craft, and get the show on the road. We will have two solid days to address the outer, inner, and secret practice of writing, and how to install these in your life. Q&A, discussion, exercises (generating a lot of new material along the way). Enroll or find out more