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.
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."
This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources — attention, courage, precision, imagination — in bringing new poems into being. We’ll strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and alive, and you’ll be taught strategies to help write poems whose form, music, rhythm, diction, and meaning work together as an effective whole. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks.