Sponsored by
The Association For Humanistic Psychology

Paul Nelson

Aug 28, 2010
9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Bellevue, WA

Fees: Reg: $95, AHP $85
Students: $55

7.0- Professional CEC's Available

Students Welcome

Former radio host Paul Nelson, M.A. has completed the first book of a long poem re-enacting Auburn history entitled A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, April 2009) and writes at least one American Sentence every day.

If anything of the moment results–so much the better. And so much the more likely it will be that no one will want to see it.

– William Carlos Williams

Paul Nelson

Cont Ed for Professionals - Open to the Public and Students
(nurses, social workers, licensed mental health counselors and other licensed counseling professionals, marriage and family counselors, massage therapists, teachers k-12) Cont Ed - $10 paid on site

Organic Poetry is one way to make composition an occasion of experience. This entertaining workshop for serious writers of all levels of experience includes lively discussions, sound from interviews with poets and simple writing techniques which can be used in many settings. 

Who are you now and who are you becoming? To what do you train your attention? Organic Poetry is one way to describe the process of training your ear to capture the chaotic energy of the moment, to make composition an occasion of experience. This entertaining workshop for serious writers of all levels of experience includes lively discussions and sound from interviews with poets McClure, Myles, Rothenberg, Ginsberg, Waldman. Through a series of intensifying creative writing exercises over the day, you will develop an understanding of your own personal mythology and write at that deeper level of consciousness.

What Participants Will Learn

Participants will be able to understand an integrative approach to composition through spontaneous (organic) writing exercises, sound clips from major practitioners of open form, through examples and discussion. The free associative method of composition allows participants a deeper look at issues affecting their own lives and will allow them to develop a greater perception through focus on phenomenology as opposed to the abstract which often afflicts poetry. Paul will share how he developed Organic Poetry based on models put forth by Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov and other post-modern poets, as well as how composing spontaneously as a praxis helps to further develop awareness. Many different writing exercises will be employed, along with handouts for most of them, allowing practitioners to use the exercises in their own practice or teaching, and/or to perfect certain approaches. A field of creativity will be established in the workshop through examples affording practitioners a deep experience with the organic process, as well as a deep sense of community through shared and progressively more complex writing exercises. In addition, practitioners will be encouraged to find their own multi-decade writing project that will manifest as an ongoing practice. They will also be given opportunities and resources that may allow them to engage in the local literary community in a more substantial way. 


Chicago Native Paul Nelson’s a poet, father, teacher, founder of the non-profit Global Voices Radio and co-founder of SPLAB! A a broadcaster for 26 years, he interviewed hundreds of authors and poets, such as Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Michael McClure, Jean Houston, Rupert Sheldrake, Wanda Coleman, Matthew Fox, Jerome Rothenberg and others for a syndicated public affairs radio program. Having worked in radio for 26 years, Paul earned an M.A. from Lesley University on Organic Poetry, and his first book of poems, A Time Before Slaughter, was published by Apprentice House in October, 2009.

 7.0 Continuing Education Units Healthcare (credits)
Fee: $10 (on site)
CEC's for Nurses, Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Counseling Professionals, Marriage and Family Therapists,Massage Therapists


7.0 PDU's for Teachers K-12 (CEC credits)
Fee: $15 (on site)

Continuing education clock hours/PDUs/CEUs or quarter credit is available for K-12 teachers and professionals affiliated with Antioch University Seattle.

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