Online Writing Workshops
In these online writing workshops, we write together in real time, just like in a face-to-face Amherst Writers and Artists workshop — except that we are gathered in cyberspace. We see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices, but we may be in Mumbai or New York or London or Sydney.
The philosophy of the AWA method 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.
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.
Online Monday Evening Workshop Dec 9-Dec 30, 6-8pm PST, $149
International Online Workshop December 15, 7am-9am PST (8:30pm Mumbai, 4pm Europe, 3pm London), 1 Session, $42
Drop-in Online Workshop, 1 Session, $42
WebEx videoconferencing is easy and intuitive. We forget we’re on the Internet and concentrate on the amazing process of writing together using the Amherst Writers and Artists method. When we share our work, participants reflect back only what they liked and/or what they remembered, so there is no negativity or harsh criticism, only useful feedback. The WebEx platform requires no new software as it’s web-based, but you will need some sort of webcam if you want to take advantage of the video component. WebEx has a pretty good demo page that you can access here. You can choose to either use the video component or just phone in. We typically get people of all levels of experience from absolute beginners to published professionals. This method works for all genres. We’ve had fiction writers, food writers, journalists, screenwriters, poets, sci fi writers among those who’ve taken the workshop. Come write with us! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.308.5685.