Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

A Weekend Workshop with Poet Ellen Bass

Poet and Author Ellen Bass – Toronto Workshop, Autumn 2015

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Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th


9:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m.


Harbourfront Centre
(this is a non-residential workshop)

Registration Fee:

$575 plus HST

($200 deposit required to hold your place – full registration fee required by September 15th, 2015.)

Please click here for the cancellation policy.

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All participants will also receive a ticket to the International Festival of Authors on Saturday night October 24th, where Ellen will be reading.

Ellen will be offering examples of poems and a discussion on elements of poetic craft in the mornings. The afternoons will consist of time to write and feedback on poems by writers in the workshop.

All writers will have an opportunity to get response to their work from Ellen during the retreat.

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    If you have to cancel your attendance at this workshop before September 24th, all monies paid will be refunded minus a $100 administration fee. If you cancel after September 24th, your registration fee is not refundable. Your registration is transferrable to another attendee provided by you if you are unable to attend.

    “Ellen creates a warm and supportive environment for writers of every genre.  You cannot help but be inspired and stimulated—and your writing blossoms!”
    —Sharon Bray, teacher of the Wellspring Writing Workshops and author ofA Healing Journey: Writing Together through Breast Cancer
    “Her process is deceptively simple in appearance, but profound in its effectiveness. With Ellen Bass you learn almost as much by listening to her coach your fellow writers as you do from her razor-sharp, insightful critiques of your own work. She maintains a focused, sensitive, serious atmosphere where each one gets as much specific feedback as he or she wants, and where a fascinating mix of writers and poets support one another in a warm, powerful way. I’d recommend her workshops to anyone who wants to become a better writer or poet.”
    —Dick Guthrie, aspiring author of memoirs about commanding a rifle company in Vietnam
    “Ellen Bass’s workshop changed my whole creative trajectory. I came into her workshop stuck and going in circles and by the end of the workshop I couldn’t stop creating. She helped me break through and land upon a character that became the basis for my solo show Loveland. I am thrilled to say that Loveland has become a huge success in theaters and it all began from Ellen’s incredible permission and guidance to explore with wild abandon.”
    —Ann Randolph, actor, writer, educator
    “Studying with Ellen is sheer delight! She has an openness which invites creativity, is skillful at her craft, with the ability to transmit technical information in an accessible way. She is gentle with advice and criticism, has a terrific sense of humor, and relishes the process of discovery and understanding the craft of poetry affords us.”
    —Magdalena Montagne, Poet-teacher
    “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, author of eight volumes of poetry and anthologized inThe Best Ameican Poetry
    “I first took a writing class from Ellen Bass 35 years ago and it was life changing – the effects rippled out from there and continue to this day. Ellen was and is an inspiration. If I sound wildly enthusiastic and over the top about Ellen, it is because I am. So give yourself a gift and work with her.”
    – Andrea Steffens, PhD and author of Pompeii’s ChildrenTough Women and Mama’s Coming Home