Give your writing a gift!
Attend the Guest House retreat with Cary Tennis and AWA founder Pat Schneider
Join Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader Cary Tennis with AWA founder Pat Schneider in a special four-day, three-night writing retreat and workshop May 16-19, 2014 in the historic New England town of Chester, Connecticut, at the Guest House Conference Center. Spend four days in stimulating workshops, working on your craft and absorbing the nourishing silence and serenity of the spring Connecticut woods. Write, talk, think and dream in an inspiring setting adjacent to a state forest and two lakes, in easy driving distance from both New York and Boston.
The writer needs solitude and the writer needs community. This writing retreat offers both. In the workshops we challenge taboos, uncover powerful memories and overcome longstanding creative blocks. Many free hours remain to wander alone and think and write. In individual conferences we discuss craft, explore publishing opportunities, and share ways to keep the practice fresh. In the evenings after dinner we gather to read aloud from our works or the works of others, talk, sing, play music, tell jokes and have generally have fun like people did before television.
Cary will conduct daily Amherst Writers and Artists workshops. Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others and originator of the AWA method, will lead a special four-hour Sunday afternoon workshop.
The rooms at the Guest House are spacious and beautifully decorated and the delicious, healthy food is made, wherever possible, from fresh, local ingredients. Prices include four days and three nights’ lodging, all meals, daily workshops, individual conferences with Cary, and the special workshop with Pat Schneider. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.308.5685.
(Reserve a space with a DEPOSIT: $625)
(Pay IN FULL now: $1,275)
Pat Schneider is a poet, playwright, librettist, and author of ten books of poetry and non-fiction. She was born in the Ozark mountains of Missouri. After a search for work took her single mother to St. Louis, from age ten Pat lived in tenements and in an orphanage until she was given a scholarship to college. Those early experiences have deeply influenced her writing, and fueled her passion for those who have been denied voice through poverty and other misfortunes.
Amherst Writers & Artists, founded by Pat in 1981, is now an international network of workshop leaders who use the writing method described in Pat’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press. To find out more about the birth of the AWA method and the AWA philosophy, check out this 2013 interview of Pat by Cary Tennis. Pat’s newest book, How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice, was released from Oxford University Press in April 2013.
What they’re saying about Cary Tennis:
“You helped me find my voice. Writing for me is now a lot like running—I can choose when to start and when to stop and there isn’t any need for angst in between—I can just do it!” —Shannon Weber, founder of Loveyou2.org
“I generally avoid workshops because of the damage they can do to writers, with the critical sniping and demoralization. Cary’s workshop, though, was nothing but helpful, quietly and subtly leading writers to do their best in an open, welcoming environment.” —Randy Osborne, multifaceted, multitalented writer and teacher
“I have seldom in my career as a writer had a more rejuvenating and stimulating creative experience. Cary establishes an environment where work is respected and safe, positive sharing is the rule, and egos are left at the door. The food is good, too.” —Gil Schwartz, nationally known columnist (pseudonymously)