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 Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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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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