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In our online writing workshops, we write and read aloud together in real time. We see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices, just like an in-person Amherst Writers and Artists workshop … but we may be in Mumbai or New York or London or Sydney. We speak to the world from the comfort of our own homes. If there is no Amherst Writers and Artists workshop near you, or if you just do not want to leave your home to attend one, this is the perfect way to participate in this amazing and powerful method of unleashing the writer’s voice.

I was writing descriptions without events, like jokes without punch-lines. The workshops led me to try more active, engaging and complex storytelling. I gave up some fixed ideas about what kinds of writing I do and what kinds of writing are worth doing. After a while a novel erupted. 

— Anonymous

WebEx videoconferencing is easy and intuitive. All you need is a computer that has a microphone and a camera. Once connected, we forget we’re on the Internet and concentrate on the amazing process of writing together using the Amherst Writers and Artists method.

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. The method is described in detail in poet Pat Schneider’s groundbreaking 2003 book Writing Alone and With Others.

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3 Comments

  1. Just found your site, I live in kobe, japan and have a blog, lets talk.

  2. The two books that I am con-currently reading are: CITIZENS of the DREAM by Cary TENNISS and writing as a spiritual practice…HOW the LIGHT GETS IN by Pat Schneider.
    Both are EXCELLENT!!

    • A comment and a question I want to add. Thanks, Cary, for darkening the print for nearly all aspects for your readership. I continue to be frustrated by the lightness of the print…under any category…when we want to contribute a comment/reply. I find myself re-reading what I am writing to correct typos, because the print is too light. Once the comment/reply is submitted, the print becomes much more readable.
      It would be so helpful, if this very light…almost unreadable print that is being used during the comment/reply phase, could become darker…while we are in the midst of a reply/comment… I feel we would enjoy the writing of something to become a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience. Thanks for your help!

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