Writing Wild to Change your Life

Weekend Workshop

Writing Wild to Change your Life

A Weekend Workshop with Ellen Bass and Roger Housden

Friday, Nov 14, 2014, 4:00 PM –
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014, 1:30 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Ellen Bass, Roger Housden
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma CA 94952
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"I am always doing things I can't do. That's how I get to do them." Pablo Picasso

Join us in the freedom of doing what we can’t do! This will be a weekend of writing wild, of taking the risk of writing without knowing in advance what we are going to say or what we might discover. With poetry as our inspiration, we will use writing exercises to explore our deepest stories and make meaning of our most compelling experiences.

Our time together will be oriented toward paying attention. Anne Sexton advised: “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” When we do this, we are inevitably changed.

Roger and Ellen will share some of their favorite poems and talk about them from the perspective of both self-exploration and poetic craft. We’ll all have the opportunity to read these poems aloud to each other and to share our responses. We'll also take time to write ourselves throughout the weekend—either poetry or prose. And there’ll be an opportunity to share what we’ve written and to hear what our writing touches in others.

Both beginning and seasoned writers will find this a fertile environment to deepen your relationship with yourself and listen more intimately to your original voice.

About the Presenters 

Ellen Bass has a new poetry book Like a Beggar, just out from Copper Canyon Press this year. Her previous books are The Human Line, which was named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sun and many other journals. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She is core faculty of the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Roger Housden has published twenty books, including three travel books, a novella, and the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with the publication in 2012 of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. His most recent work, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, was published by Sounds True in March 2014. Roger also runs writing workshops in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on self enquiry. His work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, in The New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times.

Fee and Registration:
Your tuition includes the course plus 6 meals and if chosen, lodging accommodations. 

Early Bird Registration for Single Residential now through November 1st: $797 per person

Single Residential after November 1st: (Course, meals and private room w/shared bath): $847.00 per person
Shared Residential (Course, meals and shared room w/shared bath): $667.00 per person
Non-Residential (Course and Meals) $447.00 per person

Arrival and Departure
Check-in and access to accommodations is from Friday from 4:00—5:45 pm. The workshop begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday. Guests are requested to be checked out of their room by 9:00 am on Sunday. For more information on directions and transportation, see Plan Your Stay.

Refund Policy 
If you find that you cannot attend the workshop, let us know as soon as possible and we'll try to fill your space. If we (or you) can fill your space, we'll refund your payment, minus a $150 administrative fee. 

For Further Inquiries
Please contact Andrea Livingston at the Institute of Noetic Sciences – or 707-779-8224

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