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Lakeport Writing Workshop with Clive Matson on October 25 – 26


Clive Matson will visit the Lake County Arts Council Gallery on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday October 26th and present a writing workshop. This will be the tenth year that Mr. Matson has been coming to our area. People in his workshops succeed in bringing out the stories and poems inside them, the passions that blossom in our everyday lives. Some writers are astonished at the ease and value of the writing that pours out.


His favorite quote of the day is Van Gogh’s “I dreamed my painting and I painted my dream.” Matson will show how that simple transfer, bringing a dream into concrete reality, works well in writing.


This workshop is for beginners, for developing writers, and for professionals who want to expand their horizons. Saturday will be for getting acquainted and starting to write. On Sunday there will be time for more writing, reading, compassionate criticism, and summary.

Clive Matson writes poetry, short stories, essays, and plays.  He has led writing workshops for thirty-five years, holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and teaches at the University of California Extension in Berkeley.


The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery, 325 N. Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453. The workshop fee is $55. To register, call the Main Street Gallery at (707) 263-6658. For more information about the workshop, call Clive Matson at (510) 654-6495 or go to his website:




This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.


Mr. Matson writes short stories, essays, plays and has published seven books of poetry. His previous workshops in Lake County have been very popular. He has led workshops nationwide for twenty-four years, holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and teaches at University of California Extension in Berkeley. He helped edit the anthology of 9/11 poems, An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind (Regent Press, Oakland, 2002).

We are close to our creative source when the child within speaks its mind and ignores any critical or editorial voices. In the workshop, we will let that "Crazy Child" write. For beginners, for developing writers, and for professionals who want to expand their horizons.

Clive Matson

472 44th Street

Oakland, CA 94609


510-508-5149 cell

Mr. Matson writes, "Your night-time dreams, with their vivid scenes and soul-clenching transformations, are expressions of your talent, and every person has loads of it. Professional writers learn how to tap this energy and their strategies are elementary: first, honor your creative unconscious. You take this step when you join the class. Next is to put some of those creative works on paper, and well do simple exercises that, year after year, have proven to do just that. It's exhilarating when the whole class ventures into unknown territory under the guidance of an instructor who understands the journey is personal, highly charged, and requires careful nurturing. Add the basic writing techniques we'll present, with clear examples, throughout the day and you are on your way – into the world of stories, personal essays, poems, plays, or scripts. You'll finish with at least one draft of new, exciting material and a healthy understanding of how your talent can enhance your life."

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