2014 Chicago

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The AWA Initial Leadership Training is a five-day intensive course focused on instructing individuals in the AWA method.

This training prepares people to lead writing groups for the general population and for traditionally silenced people in places such as public housing, shelters, hospitals or prisons.

It is not a writing retreat. The writing that occurs is targeted toward aspects of the method, and exercises are used to generate understanding and to experience the depths that each component of the method contains. 

Although the practices are easily outlined, they are deceptively simple.  Putting these practices into use during a workshop requires common sense, compassion, and skill. 

The guidelines and practices that shape AWA writing groups are specific, and the leader's in-depth understanding of them is vitally important to the effectiveness of the group.

In addition to the specific AWA practices, the following skills are taught:

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and hospitable writing environment.
  • Choosing effective writing exercises and prompts.
  • Being a clear, supportive leader.
  • Running workshops as a business.
  • Awareness of craft in all writing
  • Leading a manuscript review
  • Handling emotionally charged writing
  • Structuring the group to accommodate diverse people.
  • Understanding that writing for healing is not therapy.
  • Inviting experimentation and growth in participants' writing.

AWA Leadership is learned by experiencing elements of the method in a simulated workshop environment, experimental writing sessions, talks by experienced leaders, group discussion, role playing, film, and guest speakers to give participants a full experience of the AWA method as it is actually used. Upon completion of the training, participants will have a thorough understanding of the AWA method, AWA practices and guidelines, and will be able to convey these effectively to their workshop members.

This training will be held at Cenacle Sisters Conference & Retreat Center in Chicago, IL. More information about the facilities is available here.


Cenacle Retreat Center

September 10th, 2014 9:00 AM   through   September 14th, 2014 2:00 PM
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086-6023
United States
Non-refundable Deposit $ 300.00

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