Subject: P. Nelson's workshop

From: "Thompson, Linda"

Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 08:42:06 -0700




To Whom It May Concern,


I attended Paul Nelson’s invigorating poetry workshop at The Redmond Association of the Spoken Word‘s (RASP) Poets in the Park weekend. I am writing to tell you that I though his workshop was scholarly, lively and hands-on.  I would definitely take more workshops from Paul.


The topic of Paul’s class was an exploration of how writers use a spontaneous process to foster invention in their work and lives.  Although his scholarship was obvious in the way he spoke about many poets’ work, I appreciated the hands-on nature of the exercises he gave us.  These exercises were designed to help us tap into a state where we could pour energy into a poem—action, not over-thinking.


Paul shared his amazing work with taped interviews and it was a rare treat to hear poets talk about the process of writing.  Paul did a great job uniting the ideas and energies of famous poets and showing us how we can dwell in that same creative space.


I enjoy attending workshops where I am made to feel like I am part of the wonderful creative force of writers.  Paul’s workshop validated my own work and gave me insights into how to bring spontaneous energy into my writing practice. I would like to know about other classes Paul will teach to the public.






Linda Thompson, writer, educator

Eastlake High School

400 228th NE

Sammamish,  WA  98074


April 20, 2005