Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ellen Bass Leads Workshop at Esalen

Lead by Ellen Bass
September 5-7, 2008
Esalen, Big Sur

Dear Writers,

If you have been to Esalen, you know it is one of the most beautiful--and inspirational--places on the planet. If not, perhaps it's time to visit. This workshop will be an opportunity to delve deeply into your writing without distractions or interruptions. If you find that you're not getting enough time for writing in your daily life, if you have pieces you can't seem to get started on, or if you just want to keep on keeping on, this is a spectacularly beautiful and nourishing place to do it.

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. --Martha Graham

This workshop will help keep the channels open. There will be time for writing and time for sharing and feedback. From beginners to experienced, all writers are welcome. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or journal writing, this is an an opportunity to explore your truth and expand your craft.

Esalen fees cover tuition, food and lodging and vary according to accommodations--ranging from $320 to $605. The sleeping bag space is an incredible bargain. Some work-scholarship assistance is available, as well as small prepayment discounts and senior discounts. All arrangements and registration must be made directly with Esalen, but if you have questions about the content of the workshop, feel free to email me or call me at 831-426-8006.

Please register directly with Esalen at 831-667-3005 or at

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass has supported and inspired writers for 35 years. Her books include The Courage to Heal, No More Masks!, Mules of Love, and The Human Line. Among her awards are the Pablo Neruda Prize, Larry Levis Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

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