Saturday, January 19

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (with 60 min. lunch break)

$175 ($140 for Paragraph Members)

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Diana Goetsch

One-Day Free Writing Intensive

Free-writing is how most of us honor the initial impulse to write, and the act during which that impulse either catches fire or peters out. Yet this essential tool is seldom taught or engaged in with much awareness or refinement, and we tend to write the same way every time, no matter the subject. In other words, there are as many ways to fill a page as there are to dance, and yet we wind up doing the frat boy two-step at every party. 

This day-long workshop will open the vault to the theory and practice of free-writing. We will train in a series of counter-intuitive, often delightful practices designed to liberate us from habitual patterns, and alter the “DNA” of how we write. Simply put, free-writing is the act of surprising ourselves on the page, and participants in this workshop, which was first introduced 10 years ago at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, are often startled by what comes out of their pens. “I was quite taken, moved, and frequently overwhelmed by the experience,” said one writer. “It’s the truest writing I’ve ever done,” said another.

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. 

Diana Goetsch (www.dianagoetsch.com) has published eight collections of poems and dozens of nonfiction articles. Her work has appeared in leading magazines, newspapers and anthologies including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize anthology. She’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has taught at numerous programs and colleges, including The New School, where she was the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow last year.