January 2016

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January 2016

Amherst Writers & Artists Newsletter
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Dear AWA Friends,

Every January we are reminded that time is passing. Resolutions are made. New activities are launched. But we writers are magicians. We can stop time, stretch it, walk inside it. We enter a scene from memory or imagination and live within that time. As we describe voices; watch birds, leaves, water, traffic or gestures; smell coffee or wet wool; feel dry wind or foggy damp, we exist in that moment and explore what it offers. A memory can be re-lived like a room re-entered, stopping the clock and letting the scene unfold as slowly as we like. An invented scene, perhaps only minutes long in real time, arises and expands as we write so that we inhabit it for hours. This is a writer's power. We are not lost. We are writing through time.

We at AWA are not magicians, and our clocks tell us that there is much to do. We have completed the 2016 Training Program schedule and are pleased to return to Malibu, CA; Wallingford, PA; and Chicago, IL. For the first time we will offer a session in Albuquerque, NM. Please see below and on the AWA website for details.

Electronic submissions for Peregrine will open again March through September. Please send us your poems and short stories! And please invite your workshop members to do so as well. Peregrine is open to everyone. The most recent edition is available on CreateSpace on Amazon.

As the daylight lengthens, allow the time with your words to lengthen too. Use your magic and wander in your words.

With gratitude and respect,
Maureen Buchanan Jones
Executive Director


Training News: Accepting Applications for 2016

AWA Workshop Group Leadership Trainings in 2016

2015 Training in Malibu, CA March 28 – April 1

Serra Retreat Center Malibu, CA

May 21 – 252015 Training in Philadelphia, PA

Pendle Hill 
Wallingford, PA

September 5 – 92015 Training in Chicago, IL

Cenacle Retreat
Chicago, IL

November 13 – 172015 Training in Loranger, LA

Bosque Center
Albuquerque, NM

If you're interested in becoming an AWA-certified workshop leader, please join us at one of the training sessions in 2016! Curious about what we offer? One of last year's trainees shared this feedback with us:
Everything was seamless. The training was a well-oiled machine, not impersonal, but efficient and effective. We were in good hands, and I knew the training was going to make a difference in my perspective and abilities

If you want to attend a training next year, begin the application process online or download and print the 2016 Application, then fill it out and send with a $300 deposit to:

Amherst Writers & Artists
PO Box 1076
Amherst, MA 01004

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to hearing from you!


Founder's News

For books, Pat's blog, and a calandar of events, please visit: patschneider.com


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Registration is now open for the spring edition of the Birds of a Feather weekly writing workshop in Toronto! We'll meet Sunday mornings at the Green Beanery coffee shop near Bloor & Bathurst. For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nestandstory.com.


"Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. . . . A writer is someone who writes."
–Pat Schneider


A Gift of Inspiration

Who is your favorite AWA writer? Someone in your workshop? Someone whose voice stays with you? Show appreciation to your favorite writer by donating $20 to AWA in her or his name. They will receive a card informing them of your donation and the knowledge that AWA continues its mission around the world.

To date, dozens of AWA writers have received this note of praise for their work. Choose your writer and let them know that they inspire you!


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