La Serranía.... Mallorca, Spain


w r i t i n g   f o r   o u r   l i v e s     Ellen Bass

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 isn’t 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.

Ellen Bass
has been supporting and inspiring poets and writers for 40 years.   She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and leads workshops regularly at Esalen Institute in Big Sur and at writing conferences throughout the U.S.   She has been teaching at La Serrania for ten years.

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.


"When 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 school."
                                                                                                               -- Lucy Diggs

"To work closely with Ellen Bass is to know the full measure of her wisdom, insight and compassion."
                                                                                                              -- Maude Meehan

"Ellen knows grammar, style, technique; but what makes her unique is that she offers respect, validation and encouragement to believe in one's own intuitive process. Ellen was the first teacher I trusted with my tentative writings; four years and four classes later I still consult with her when I want feedback from a wise and gentle teacher."
                                                                                                              -- Mariah Burton Nelson

"After not having written for twenty-five years, I was lucky to find Ellen Bass, who encouraged and affirmed my beginning efforts. Had it not been for her, I do not think I would have gone on, and if I had gone on, the way would have been tortuous. I particularly was helped by Ellen's approach to the poem as being a process of life."
                                                                                                              -- Phyllis Koestenbaum

"Before I venture off on my own, leaving behind the safety of the group, I want to take a moment to thank you. For years I have wanted to acknowledge that part of me that longs to write, but I have always managed to give every other part of my life priority. With the help of your class I have rediscovered just how much I love writing and what an important part of me the writing side can be.  I thank you for that.  Your positive feedback, your gentle suggestions, and most of all, your willingness to honor the writer in all of us--these have helped me ease into the writing life.  My real triumph? For the first time, I actually wrote to the end of a journal!  I suspect that will be the first of many."
                                                                                                             -- Ellen Newberry

"Having taken three of her weekend writing workshops, I remain impressed at the subtle, indeed alchemical, way Ellen Bass quickly engenders a safe supportive space in which a wide range of participants create and share increasingly profound and personal, sometimes painful and frequently humorous, work. Inspired and encouraged by the group, I am amazed at the depths to which I am able to dive, and then can carry the magical experience back to my home writing practice."
                                                                                                            --Jim Van Buskirk

For information about joining this workshop Click Here.

Read Ellen Bass' Odysseys:
  'Some Practical Thoughts on Moving Through Writers Block'
  'Asking Directions in Paris' 
'Two New Poems'

..Or visit her website:


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