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09/17 Free-Writing Intensive with Douglas Goetsch

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Time: 6pm to 9pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: Inspirations Gallery, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92106

Free-Writing Intensive – an evening of practice with an an award-winning poet and essayist!

Free-writing is frequently the first way we honor an impulse to write, and the act during which that impulse either catches fire or peters out. Many writers know this, but few approach free-writing as a practice, one with a wide range of methods and purposes. This course, perfect for any genre or skill level, will open the vault to the theory and practice of free-writing, giving participants exercises for stretching their style and range of subjects, getting out of ruts, and generating a bounty of new material. We will learn how to surprise, and even shock, ourselves, how to switch our allegiance from the initiating subject to the real or deeper subject, which can only be discovered in the act of writing. Bring a pen and plenty of paper.

Doug copy (2)Douglas Goetsch, author of seven collections of poetry, has appeared in The New Yorker, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Poetry.  His essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Utne Reader and on PBS. Dick Allen has called his poems searing, honest, vivid, moving, unflinching,” and Billy Collins has said, ““It’s hard to imagine a reader who could resist Goetsch’s seductive opening lines.” He is a recipient of the Donald Murray prize for non-fiction writing, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is the founding editor of Jane Street Press.

Goetsch is also a renowned teacher, who has traveled the country leading deeply impactful, innovative writing workshops for over 20 years. His friend and mentor William Zinsser calls him “a natural teacher,” and past students have found him “masterful” and “infinitely generous.” Historian Robert Gregg called his Free-Writing Intensive “A phenomenal workshop… I was quite taken, moved, and frequently overwhelmed by the whole experience,” and poet Christine Salvatore called it “the best few days of writing I’ve had in years.” For more, visit

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