Unleashing The Inner Writer with Gabriele Rico

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Have you ever harbored dreams of being a writer? You’re far from alone. Have you wrestled time and again with a seeming inability to write? You’ve got even more company there. Now help is on the way in the person of Gabriele Rico, who was Professor of English and Creative Arts at San Jose State University. In her book Writing the Natural Way, Rico says flatly, “If you can speak, form letters on the page, take a telephone message, or write a thank-you note, you have sufficient language skills to learn to write the natural way.” In this conversation she provides a wealth of information on how you can unlock your own innate creativity and write the novel, poem, or Pulitzer Prize-winning postcard of your dreams. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Gabriele Rico (1937-2013) was a professor of English and Creative Arts at San Jose State University. She lectured widely on the application of brain research to writing, to learning, and to creative process, and on the roles of improvisation, play, and human time-consciousness in creativity. Focusing on creativity, split-brain research, and the writing process, she developed “clustering” in her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University in 1976. Honored as President’s Scholar in 1986, she was selected Teacher/Scholar in 1993. In 1992 she held an Endowed Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.

Her books include:

For more information about Gabriele Rico go to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_Rico.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to unlock your innate creativity
  • What is the brain-storming clustering process
  • How you too can be a writer
  • How to write with ease and grace
Host: Michael Toms           Interview Date: 6/22/1983            Program Number: 1801