The Greatness-of-Soul-Does-Not-Stoop-to-Tactics Memoir/Poetry Writing Workshop

Sharon Doubiago photo by by Andrena Zawinski

Poetry Writing Workshop, Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12N @ SPLAB w/ Sharon Doubiago

This workshop for creative writers at all stages of development will approach writing that comes from soul first rather than craft.  I use memory, self-exploration, poetry and aesthetics exercises and experiments to help participants identify their true stories, concerns, rhythms, words, images, dreams, issues, aesthetics, beliefs, voices, etc.  We will explore the idea of strengthening our writing into mature and finished pieces by staying close to the sources, rather than imposing repressive rules from outside, or indulging current cultural biases against “memory.”

But then, we will turn to “craft.”  True craft comes from the deepest self, from the lifelong honing of personality, is not different or separate from one’s life story and way in the world.  Craft is an extension of content, is of the soul’s aesthetics. We will produce meaningful, publishable writing.

(*“Greatness of soul does not stoop to tactics,” Terence des Pres)

The workshop will be facilitated by Sharon Doubiago, Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12N at SPLAB in the Cultural Corner of the former Columbia School. 3651 S. Edmunds. Parking is available on site and SPLAB is a short walk from the Columbia City stop of the Link Light Rail. Suggested donation is $30.


Dear Folks,

I recorded Sharon’s reading at Elliott Bay Books last night and put it on-line here:

It is un-edited.

I look forward to seeing most of you at today’s workshop at SPLAB.


About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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10 Responses to The Greatness-of-Soul-Does-Not-Stoop-to-Tactics Memoir/Poetry Writing Workshop

  1. I’d like to register for Sharon Dubiago’s workshop…

  2. What time does it start and end?

  3. Paul Nelson says:

    12N to 3P is the scheduled time. Sharon’s email is: ;

  4. susan peck says:

    I would like to register. Thanks

  5. Paul Nelson says:

    Susan, Wonderful. Please send $30 to via PayPal and note the Doubiago workshop, or send a check to:
    4634 43rd AV S, Seattle, WA 98118. Please also note it on the check.

    Feel free to spread the word. Sharon’s not here every day and be aware of her reading at Elliott Bay the previous night. See

  6. Leslie Fried says:

    Can I register in advance?

  7. Leslie Fried says:

    make the check out to SPLAB?

  8. leslie fried says:

    Paul, Can’t tell if you received my messages, asking to whom the check should be addressed. Please let me know; can’t miss this!!!!

  9. Paul Nelson says:

    Yes, that would be cool, Leslie. We look forward to seeing you.


  10. Paul Nelson says:

    You bet. We have a space for you. Looking forward to seeing you.


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