University of Iowa

Diana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch is the author of eight collections of poems, and “Life in Transition,” a series of 31 essays on gender in America, archived at The American Scholar online. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in leading journals, newspapers and anthologies including The New Yorker, Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship from The New School, and the Donald Murray prize for writing pedagogy. She has taught in M.F.A. programs, public schools, prisons, living rooms and, for 18 years, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Her website is www.dianagoetsch.com.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 13 to July 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Diana Goetsch

Nonfiction is the most flexible of writing genres, encompassing essays, memoir, articles, op-eds, columns, letters. When any of these forms are done well, the execution of craft brings factual writing to the level of art. “Cut these words and they bleed,” Ralph Emerson said of Montaigne, whose essays were so lucid they pulsed with life. This will be a hands-on class for nonfiction writers wishing to stretch their capacities.

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019
Instructor(s): 
Diana Goetsch

Most of us write a first draft the same way every time no matter the subject, falling into habitual patterns that either become unconscious or get mistaken for our “voice.” It is a lot like how we dance at parties: there are countless ways to move in space, and yet we wind up doing the same old two-step that (if we’re honest with ourselves) we’re sick of.

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019
Instructor(s): 
Diana Goetsch

A two-day immersion in the act of generating poetry, in the presence of a veteran poet known for generously sharing her practice. We’ll look at the many ways poems can arrive, and how we can cultivate our receptivity to them. We will learn ways to broaden our range of subjects and styles, ways to write the poem that eludes us, how to handle emotionally challenging material, and how to write without an agenda (giving rise to poems we never expected).