has supported and inspired writers for 45 years. Her books include Like A Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love (poetry), and the best-selling The Courage to Heal. She teaches at Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.
"The philosophy behind this workshop experience," writes Ellen Bass, "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.
Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. -Anne Sexton
"This workshop," writes Ellen Bass, "will allow us to leave the rush of our busy lives and be still enough to hear the stories and poems that gestate within us. We'll write, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks. With the safety, support and inspiration of this gathering, you will have the opportunity to create writing that is more vivid, more true, more complex and powerful than you've been able to do before."