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All-inclusive program package to include:

  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings
Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath. 1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.

Program Description

Leave the rush of your busy life and become still enough to hear the stories and poems that unfurl within you. Led by Ellen Bass and Roxan McDonald, two extraordinary and gifted writers, this workshop is an opportunity to write, share, and hear how your work touches others.

Through mini-lectures, writing exercises, and supportive feedback and guidance, you will:

  • Become clearer, go deeper, and take new risks
  • Learn more about the craft of writing, including practical skills to add to your technique
  • Hone in on your own voice while engaging with the ideas of others
  • Create writing that is more vivid, more authentic, and more complex and powerful than ever before.

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this workshop will provide a rich opportunity to explore the fire and ice, the passion and precision of writing. Come leap forward in your art.

Presented by

  • Roxan McDonaldAbout Roxan McDonald |Esteemed writer and creative educator
    Roxan McDonald dedicates herself to helping people find their voice both on the page and in their lives. She is the author of two self-help decks published by Knock Knock Inc. She teaches writing throughout the Monterey Bay area and leads international writing and personal development retreats.
  • Ellen BassAbout Ellen Bass |Award-winning poet, writer, and teacher

    A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Ellen Bass's most recent poetry book is Indigo from Copper Canyon Press. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker and American Poetry Review. She teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Why Attend

    Study with two inspiring writers: Ellen and Roxan's approach provides a safe and supportive environment in which to take risks, write with abandon, and expand your expertise of the craft.

    Bring old work, make new work, finish a work in progress: this workshop is a chance to focus 100 percent on doing what you love and walk away with results.

    Fire and ice is the merging of passion and precision. These are the keys to learning to write in your true voice and have it heard.

Things to Know/Schedule

None required.
Experience Level
None required. Beginner, advanced, and published writers will all benefit.
Special Interest To
Teachers and anyone who wants to write more vividly and powerfully
Special Details
Bring a notebook, a pen, and a laptop if you want one.

Schedule Details

Friday: 7:30 to 9:00 pm (everyone together in big group)

Introductions, a little orientation about how we'll do the workshop and expectations, a small talk about the craft, a small writing exercise, and an optional writing assignment

Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

9:00 to 9:45: Ellen will give a lecture on an aspect of the craft of writing including a writing exercise (everyone in big group)

9:45 to 10:15: Participants will write

10:15 to 10:30: Break (or keep writing)

10:30 to 12:00: Sharing writing and receiving feedback (in smaller groups)

Saturday: 2:00 to 4:30 pm

2:00 to 2:30: Ellen will give a lecture on an aspect of the craft of writing including a writing exercise (everyone in big group)

2:30 to 2:45: Students will write

2:45 to 3:00: Break (or keep writing)

3:00 to 4:30: Sharing writing and receiving feedback (in smaller groups)

Optional writing assignment for the evening

Sunday: 9:00 to 11:00 am (everyone together in big group)

9:00 to 10:30: Sharing writing and receiving feedback (in smaller groups)

10:30 to 11:00: Closure and advice for taking the workshop back home

NOTE: Ellen and Roxan work with an assistant, Erin Redfern, who is a gifted writer and astute teacher. There are three opportunities in the workshop for participants to share their writing. For the sharing and feedback sessions we'll divide the workshop participants into three groups and Ellen, Roxan, and Erin will rotate groups so everyone will work with all three teachers.
Suggested Reading
Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass; The Human Line by Ellen Bass; Mules of Love by Ellen Bass; When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life edited by Kwame Dawes

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