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

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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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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