10 AM - 4 PM (1 hr. lunch break)
$175 ($140 for Paragraph Members)
Finding the right voice for a particular subject can unlock power and wisdom we didn’t know we had. When new writers “find their voice” I suggest they lose it as quickly as possible—for there are innumerable voices in all of us, and good writers keep finding more. This workshop, perfect for all genres, offers practices designed to liberate us from habitual patterns, and alter the “DNA” of how we write. The Free-Writing Intensive is an antidote to “writer’s block,” as we generate a volume of new material over the course of the day.
A great festival in a great town. Diana will be teaching workshops in poetry, prose, and free-writing:
A night of queer lit on the eve of Pride Month at Pete’s Candy Store. Diana Goetsch, Sabrina Imbler, Dan Ryan and John Glynn. Stay after for drinks in the bar to mingle with other LGBTQ writers. This event is also serving as Parargaph's monthly LGBTQ writers happy hour for May.
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