AWA Conference for Certified Workshop Leaders

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The Conference will take place May 2 - 3, 2015 at the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center in South Hadley, MA. It will be a chance for AWA-certifed workshop leaders to connect, share resources, and celebrate. There will be sessions on various elements of workshop leadership, a Keynote by Bisi Ideraabdullah, and more.


AWA Conference: May 2nd & 3rd, 2015


This is a conference for AWA-certified workshop leaders.

It will offer the same elements that have been part of the Post-Certificate Training. Sessions include workshops on poetry, memoir and fiction craft; manuscript review; working with outreach groups such as veterans, children and teens, and the incarcerated; how to establish a non-profit; how to launch a business; and more. You will have the opportunity to hear how experts have used the AWA method to support voices and develop skills. You will come away a more informed workshop leader and an inspired writer. This is a gathering of AWA voices and energies, a chance to re-visit and develop writing and workshop skills. We will keep you informed through the newsletter, emails, the AWA website, and our Facebook page.

What:  AWA Conference for Certified Workshop Leaders

When:  May 2 - 3, 2014

Where: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075

Cost: $275 with a $50 discount for paid Affiliates. Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch included.

The Conference will take place over two days: May 2nd & 3rd, with a total of 16 sessions offered. Bisi Ideraabdullah, founder and Executive Director of IMANI HOUSE, is the Keynote Speaker.

Pat Schneider will speak at the Founder's Dinner, a separate, fund-raising dinner offered Saturday at the Willits-Hallowell Center, Saturday, May 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  $40 to attend. This dinner is open to conference attendees and the general public. Click here to register.

The cost of the conference is $275, with a $50 discount for all Affiliates, those who have paid their annual dues. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch for both days are included. 

Affiliates will be able to sell their books at the Conference Book Fair.

Please visit the Conference section of the AWA website for descriptions of each session along with bios of session leaders so you can select the sessions that will give you the conference experience you want. Along with session details, a Conference Schedule and Frequently Asked Question list are posted.


May 2nd, 2015 7:00 AM   through   May 3rd, 2015 5:00 PM
50 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
United States
Phone: 413-253-3307
Conference Registration
Standard Registration Fee $ 275.00
Affiliate Registration Fee $ 225.00
Saturday Morning Session
"Declaring Our Erotic" with Jen Cross
"AWA Method is Not Therapy But it is Healing: Science Behind the Art" with Genvieve Chandler
"So, You Want to Earn (at least part of) Your Living Leading Workshops?" with Patricia Lee Lewis
"Workshops with Writers Under 18" with Lynn Bowmaster & Peggy Simmons
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Saturday Afternoon Session
"Workshops for the Incarcerated" with Karen Buchinsky, Sue Reynolds & Joanne Turnbull
"Paths to Publishing" with Pamela Manché Pearce & Marian Calabro
"Manuscript Response Using the AWA Method" with Patricia Bender & Margaret O'Brien
"Writing Workshop Focus on Fiction Craft" with Alison Barker & Berta Money
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Sunday Morning Session
"Writing Workshop Focus on Poetry Craft" with Pat Schneider
"Building & Sustaining a Non-Profit" with Aaron Zimmerman & Susan Turk
"Guiding Writers to Develop Short Pieces into Larger Work" with Catherine M. Wallace
"Storytelling, Writing, & Myth: Distinctions and Connections" with Elise Rymer & Evie Preston
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Sunday Afternoon Session
"Workshops for Veterans" with Suzanne Rancourt
"Poetry Out Loud" with Kate Eliza Frank & Alex Cafarelli
"Using the AWA Method in the College or High School Classroom" with Carla Hanson & Judith Brier
"Writing Workshop on Memoir Craft" with Maggie Butler & Tammy Coia
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Affiliate Book Fair
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