Amherst Writers & Artists Newsletter
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Spring in Amherst is not only bursting and beautiful, but AWA is full of upcoming events. The first is a dramatic performance, directed by Board Director Pat Brown. The Road to Damascus is a provocative revision of the Canterbury Tales with proceeds to benefit AWA. Please come! All the details are below. On May 3rd AWA will participate in a second fundraiser: Valley Gives. This event invites everyone to support their favorite non-profit in the Connecticut River Valley, which is where AWA lives. And aren't we one of your favorite non-profits? The details are below. Thank you in advance!
The AWA Training Program for 2016 is underway with the Malibu session completed and new workshop leaders welcomed! Next we will be in Wallingford, Pennsylvania then Chicago, Illinois and finally Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please see the full details below and on our website.
Peregrine on-line only submissions are open March 31 – May 31. Please send us your poems and short stories, and please invite your workshop members to do so as well! Submissions are open to the general public. Guidelines are on the website. The Sixth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest will begin again with on-line and hard copy submissions accepted May 1st – July 1st. A reader's fee of $18.00 covers up to three poems. With a $1,000 prize, this contest is open to everyone, so believe in your work and send it in! Full guidelines are on the website.
If you find yourself at your own creative locked door, give yourself a surprise. Write what is foolish, most heartfelt, or absurd. Write about the pebble in your shoe. Then kick the door.
With gratitude and respect,
THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS
What: Staged reading of a new play by Dannis Caraher
We consider AWA to be a network of people who share our conviction, Pat's conviction, that writing as an art form belongs to all people. The work we do, training people to lead workshops in the AWA method and connecting them through the Affiliate program, is to further this message and the many voices it strengthens.
We would be honored if you took the time to contribute to our mission by:
Training News: Malibu Complete, Pennsylvania in May
We're so thrilled to welcome the new leaders trained in Malibu last month! A photo of the group appears below. For more, please visit our Facebook page.
From left to right (instructors in italics): Maureen Buchanan Jones, Mary Tuchscherer, Deb Shucka, Kerry Mixie, Christine Ryan, Jeri Tanaka, Julie Lanocha, Debbie Rodriguez
AWA Press is currently accepting submissions for our next issue of Peregrineand, starting May 1st, for the Sixth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry contest as well: first prize $1000 and publication in Peregrine.
Regular journal submissions are accepted online only while contest submissions will be accepted in print (see Guidelines) as well as, for the first time, online.
WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
IRELAND – Summer 2016 - Inkslingers offers a writing workshop (with restorative yoga) in Ireland, August 6-14. Let the beauty and history of Ireland seep into your consciousness and writing. Nine days, eight nights, four-star hotels, fabulous experiences. Led by Sue Reynolds and two other skilled AWA facilitators. More at www.inkslingers.ca.
In The Luminous In-Between, Cynthia Leslie-Bole's lyrical poems invite us to experience the radiance of one woman's evolution through marriage, motherhood, spiritual individuation, and kinship with nature. This collection celebrates our innate capacity to create, heal, and perceive what lies beyond the ordinary in 'the luminous in-between.'
For books, Pat's blog, and a calendar of events, please visit: patschneider.com
"Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. . . . A writer is someone who writes."