|w r i t i n g f o r o u r l i v e s Ellen Bass
September 28 - October 5, 2013
|The philosophy behind this workshop experience is best expressed by Martha Graham who said, "There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."|
This workshop will help keep the channels open. It will be an inspiring environment in which to share our lives and work, our support, our creativity. In our busy lives, many of us find that there isnt as much time for writing as we long for. This week will be an opportunity to delve into our writing without distractions or interruptions, to nurture the creative voice. There will be ample time for writing and time for sharing and response, hearing what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, express our feelings and ideas more powerfully.
From beginners to experienced, all writers are welcomed. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or journal writing, this workshop will provide an opportunity to explore and expand your world.
Her most recent book of poetry, The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press was named a notable book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Among her other volumes, Mules of Love (BOA, 2002) won the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been published in many journals and magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, Ms., The New Republic, and The Kenyon Review. Among her awards for poetry are The Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award from the University of Cincinnati, The Pablo Neruda Prize, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize.
She coedited, with Florence Howe, the groundbreaking book No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973) and her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth—And Their Allies (HarperCollins, 1996), and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988) which has sold over a million copies and been translated into twelve languages.
I first attended Ellen's workshop I'd been writing 'in the closet' for several years and
was feeling isolated and ready to quit. Ellen encouraged me enormously and I haven't
stopped writing since. Perhaps most of all I appreciateher passionate commitment to life
and her integrity and honesty. A terrific antidote for anyone who has been over-corrected,
forced into a false mold,been bitten by sarcasm or pseudo-superiority from a teacher or a
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