David Rasch, PhD
I am a psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with writers who struggle with blocks, procrastination, and other writing productivity problems. I have worked as a therapist, workshop leader, writing consultant, Director at Stanford University’s Faculty Staff Counseling Center, and Stanford University Ombuds. For several years I have been a lecturer on writing productivity in Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program.
I have also given presentations about my work with faculty authors at state and national conferences and have spoken to numerous student and staff groups at Stanford and other universities and conferences nationwide. I offer talks and teach workshops on writing productivity that have been useful for writers of poetry, fiction, journalism, academic research, nonfiction, business and technical writing, Web writing, and personal writing.
My approach to assisting writers includes the use of compassion, psychological insights, cognitive-behavioiral strategies, pragmatism and humor. I combine insights from my background as a psychologist with practical advice for negotiating the daily challenges of the writing life. In addition to The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead, my writing includes a chapter in the edited volume Process and Organizational Redesign, and several magazine and newsletter articles. In 2013 I co-authored an article addressing writing productivity issues for lawyers that was published in the New Mexico Law Review, and in 2016, wrote a chapter in the online book; Write Nonfiction Now, edited by Nina Amir and contributed stories to the edited volume; Life in Pacific Grove. I have also published a flash fiction collection, Short Hot Flashes.
I was the 2010 – 2011 President of the Central Coast Writers Branch of the California Writers Club and was recipient of their Centennial Short Story Award in 2009. In addition, I won the Monterey Weekly’s 100 Word Short Story Contest in 2010, and was runner up in 2012 and 2014. I was also winner of the Ojai Art Center’s Short Story Contest in 2014.