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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
Tolstoy said, “Art is transferring feeling from one heart to another.” And E.L. Doctorow said, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader — not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” But how do we go about this work of transferring feeling? We create a physical and emotional impact through vivid detail, precise description, metaphor, and image. By describing what we see, we understand more, we feel more. And that process of seeing, understanding, feeling, and epiphany then takes place in the reader as well. In this workshop we’ll look at exemplary poems and learn (and try out) practical strategies for including these elements in our own writing.
Includes a writing break from 11:30 am–2 pm.
Ellen Bass‘s poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her nonfiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in the New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as many other journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com