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CREATIVE & EXPRESSIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

Each one of us is packed full of details which might like to glitter for a moment.—Naomi Shihab Nye

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Writing is an art form that’s available to all (despite what you may have been told). Each one of us has a unique perspective and something infinitely original to say, whether we’re choosing to write purely for ourselves or with the intent to share our work with others. I offer workshops designed to help unleash your singular voice. My goal is to encourage and support your creative practice with inspiring exercises, imaginative prompts, and insights into craft—to get (and keep) the words flowing!

 

As a certified facilitator and affiliate with Amherst Writers and Artists, my workshops are conducted using the renowned AWA method. This non-hierarchical, inclusive philosophy, created by Pat Schneider and described in her seminal book Writing Alone and With Others, was founded on the belief that all writers are equal regardless of their background or experience. The content and approach of my workshops are deeply rooted in that truth. All writers and their work are honored and uplifted, and I make every effort to ensure that all voices are heard and respected.

 

As a certified Journal to the Self® facilitator, my expressive writing workshops offer a place to be held and heard. Through solid techniques developed by Kathleen Adams, founder of the Therapeutic Writing Institute, participants develop their use of journals for personal growth, creative expression, and life enrichment, in a safe and supportive environment. These empowering practices are accessible and available to all who seek strategies for self-care and opportunities for inner exploration.

AWA Affirmations

  1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice.

  2. Everyone is born with creative genius.

  3. Writing is an art form that belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level.

  4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem.

  5. A writer is someone who writes.

AWA Practices

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  1. All writing is treated with equal respect and value.

  2. Writing is kept confidential and treated as fiction.

  3. Writers are free to refrain from reading their work aloud.

  4. Responses given to freshly-written work reflects what is strong and successful.

  5. Exercises and responses support the development of literary craft.

  6. The act and skill of listening is integral to a balanced critique of a writer's offering.

See the sidebar for upcoming workshops, then grab your favorite writing gear, fire up your imagination, and join me for a creative adventure! I look forward to writing with you.

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