It turns out that what separates successful writers from dabblers isn’t talent or learning (or luck), it’s practice. More specifically, there are three practices—the outer, the inner and the secret practice of writing. We need them all, to know them and to install them in our lives, in order to give ourselves a shot at actually writing.
This workshop, taught by renowned teacher and award-winning writer Diana Goetsch, is for anyone inspired to get real about their craft, and get the show on the road. There will be discussion and Q&A to thoroughly understand each practice, and hands-on exercises to explore them (and generate a lot of new material in the process). Maybe you’ve been at this awhile—perhaps you did an MFA—and have yet to get traction. Maybe you’re a newcomer flirting with seriousness. Since writing is hard, the atmosphere here will be friendly, supportive and confidence building.
Diana Goetsch is the author of eight poetry collections—including Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press) and In America (forthcoming from Rattle)—as well as Life in Transition, a series of 31 essays that ran in the American Scholar from 2015-16. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and she’s received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has taught writing extensively, at conferences, MFA programs, prisons, living rooms and individually through correspondence. William Zinsser has called her “a natural teacher.”