Oklahoma Contemporary
A gray-haired man wearing a dark gray shirt leans against a tan wall

Doug Paulsen

Doug Paulsen writes as a practice every morning, 30 minutes or longer. He bicycles or drives down to a coffee shop and puts pen to paper, then go! Doug does this to pay attention to his life and to be surprised by what shows up. He began this awakening practice when he began reading books by his now teacher, Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones (and 14 other books). Natalie took writing out of a pointed effort and sprung it free which allowed us to dive deeper into our life.

In 2010, Doug was lucky enough to begin studying with Natalie personally. This included a year-long intensive in Santa Fe and week-long intensive retreats in Taos.

Doug wants to pass on this way of writing and rediscovering your mind and life. He has taught writing practice and memoir groups since 2001. In that time Doug has witnessed writers touch and express their deepest joys, longing, regrets—everything joins in when the writing cuts loose. Some students have written books from this practice. Songs often come out of the writings. This may or may not be your next step but either way you will write close to the bone.


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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