Writing Workshops with Cary Tennis
The Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method can help you write freely and easily and have fun doing it. I was a successful writer for many years before finding a new joy and fluidity through this simple, ingenious and humane practice founded by poet and memoirist Pat Schneider.
The AWA philosophy is that every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment and develop craft. In order to preserve a safe environment in which to experiment and learn, everything in the writing workshop is treated as fiction and all writing is kept confidential. In addition, all pieces written in the workshop are responded to with encouragement rather than negative critique to preserve a nonhierarchical and safe environment.
San Francisco writing workshop 8 Saturdays Oct 19–Dec 28, 2013 (Weekly except 10/27, 11/16 & 11/30)
One drop-in Writing Workshop session (by arrangement; please call 415 308-5685)
The best thing is that work gets produced in the workshop and people become more productive. It is good for getting into the voice of a project that has been inactive for a while, because it’s meant to stir the imagination and emotions. I think one needs a balance of plot/outlining/pitching type thinking and the freer, juicier play of the imagination, and this workshop is more on the imagination side. We have been doing more manuscript critique lately, but mostly of a deep and searching nature rather than a commercial nature.
People of all levels of experience from absolute beginners to published professionals attend these workshops, and the AWA method works for all genres. In the past we’ve had fiction writers, food writers, journalists, screenwriters, poets, sci fi writers among those who’ve taken the workshop.
Seriously, these workshops have changed my life. Give them a try. –Cary Tennis
For more information, email email@example.com or call 415.308.5685.