The Free-Writing Intensive finally comes home to New York City. Join Diana for a day of delightful and counterintuitive writing designed to free us from habitual patterns, and broaden our range of available subjects and styles. Simply put, free-writing is the act of surprising ourselves on the page, which can release enormous energy, and change the DNA of how we write. This workshop, first offered at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, was subsequently at conferences and throughout the U.S., is suitable for all genres, and a great antidote to “writer’s block.”
“Writing for publication” simply means practicing nonfiction with high standards, at a place where craft can turn to art. But the teachings in this workshop help writers at every level. No matter where we are in our development, we need reminding that a good sentence is no accident, and a tight paragraph results in being more than the sum of its parts. It doesn’t take long to recognize the difference between breezy and honorable prose, and inoculate ourselves from any number of shallow gimmicks that editors reject before finishing the first paragraph. There will be models and discussion, we will generate new writing, focusing on crafting the lead, and we’ll also discuss the publication process—how to make contact and communicate with editors.
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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