The Affiliate Network welcomes all who have been trained in the AWA method. A community of trained workshop leaders, affiliates support each other and actively support AWA. In turn, Amherst Writers & Artists supports affiliates with advertising, professional development materials, and serves as a referral and information center.
Each affiliate establishes, leads and sets costs for her or his own workshops, retreats and events. An AWA Affiliate is not an employee of AWA, but an independent business owner or social agent. AWA maintains the quality of affiliate workshops through the Affiliate Network and through the Post-Certificate Training. Affiliates can express their own creativity and interests while staying true to the principles of the AWA method.
Affiliate Chapters have formed in Ireland, in Sacramento, California and in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. These chapters are concentrated groups of affiliates who have established regular meetings and events to support local writers and each other as writing resources. As AWA continues to grow, the number of these chapters will increase as well.
Workshop Leadership in Non-Traditional Settings is an important part of AWA. Affiliates lead workshops in prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, in after-school programs, half-way houses, domestic violence shelters and in nursing homes. Some affiliates travel around the globe, leading writing workshops with those who have received little or no encouragement to express their voice. Many affiliates have joined forces and created separate, non-profit organizations.
The NY Writers Coalition, the first such organization to form, brings writing to homeless shelters in New York City neighborhoods. Voices from Inside brings the AWA method to women in Western Massachusetts jails, while VoiceFlame Writers International brings AWA affiliates to women with HIV in Malawi. Each of these organizations owes its roots and inspiration to Amherst Writers & Artists.
Affiliates maintain their status by paying yearly dues of $175 to: