Monday, June 23, 2008


Writing Workshop Leadership Training by Pat Schneider

A rare opportunity to study with the brilliant Pat Schneider in North Carolina. My first writing teacher, she changed my life forever.

Amherst Writers & Artists
Writing Group Leadership Training Program
August 20 – 24, 2008 Marshall, NC, Bend of Ivy Lodge

Have you ever thought about the possibility of leading writing groups? Learn the unique method developed by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press 2003). This intensive five-day training will teach you the principles that distinguish Amherst Writers & Artists from other approaches. Trainees will also learn:

Creating and maintaining a safe creative environment
Responding helpfully to group members’ writing
Leadership and group facilitation skills
Exercises and prompts to use with writing groups
How to structure a writing group session
Practical aspects of leading writing groups
Leading writing groups for traditionally silenced people
Facilitating the healing potential of writing groups

Here’s what some recent trainees have said about the AWA Training:

“So far from home, so far from what I expected, so far from the person I was when we started this training four days ago. I came to improve my skills and gain confidence as a leader. Who knew that I would be transformed? As a leader, yes, but also as a writer – and as a person…”

“It was an inspiring training, full of joy and promise. The support I received from everyone truly astonished me…”

“What I most appreciated about the AWA leadership training was the way in which it was led. The whole training moved seamlessly… The participants were immediately empowered to speak up with their writing voices and their trainee voices. There was just the right balance of writing and training…”

For further information, please visit our website at

Amherst Writers & Artists
P.O. Box 6011, Florence, MA 01062

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