University of Iowa

New Eleventh Hour Episode: Writing from the "Central Channel"

January 22, 2020

The Writing University's Eleventh Hour podcast features recordings of illuminating craft talks from the renown writers, novelists, poets, essayists who present at the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series during the University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

We periodically release a tailored craft talk from the series, focusing on a wide range of topics such as Transforming Life into Writing, Humor Writing, The Music of Language and many more.

Episode #123: Writing From the Central Channel


In this episode, Writing From the Central Channel, author Diana Goetsch discusses writing from the "central channel,” a somatic and energetic space well-known for centuries in contemplative disciplines, which is rarely discussed in connection with writing. Understanding the central channel, and how to apply it to writing, can reveal much about us as artists, and it can open up our craft. This is an informative, and often humorous presentation—from a poet, essayist, and editor of dharma texts—with examples from many genres, and ample space for discussion.

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This talk was originally given on Thursday, July 15, 2019 in the Phillips Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.