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Dear Friends of AWA,
Remember the first time you walked into a writing workshop? Did your heart go still, and your mind freeze to blankness. How could you possibly write anything worthwhile? How could you possibly read it to a room of strangers? I try to remember this feeling when someone new enters my workshop. It takes courage to enter a room that isn’t familiar; it takes bravery to enter the page not knowing what might happen there. The best assurance for writers lies within the philosophies and practices of the AWA Method. Once these are clearly established and consistently honored, the room transforms, the snow melts and the strangers in the room become people who read and listen with integrity. We are no longer cold lumps, but an infinite connection of stories.
Once again the AWA Training season is upon us. AWA will lead sessions in Malibu, CA; Wallingford, PA; Mono, ON; Chicago, IL; and Loranger, LA. Please spread the word to those who would like to join us for a rich, five-day initial leadership training. Details are below and on the AWA website.
We are hosting the first-ever AWA Conference for all those who have been trained in the AWA Method. This is an expanded version of the Post-Certificate Training that AWA used to offer. It is the first time the AWA Community will gather to honor its founder, its members, and the incredible distance the organization has traveled. Please celebrate with us!
Please see below for a link to AWA Founder Pat Schneider’s website and news about her upcoming events. Pat continues to lead retreats at her home, as well as extended retreats focusing on poetry, combining writing with visual art, and writing as a spiritual practice.
Anyone who leads an AWA workshops has experienced the moment of thaw, the moment when a new member reads what has been written and receives the affirmation of what is strong and memorable. It’s a powerful magic the way Spring is powerful after a hard winter.
With gratitude and respect,
AWA Conference Updates: Keynote, Founder Information
In the past, AWA offered two-day Post-Certificate Trainings, led by two instructors, at a cost of $750 for those who had been trained in the AWA Method and had been leading a workshop for over a year. The AWA Conference is an expanded version of the Post-Certificate Training. For $225 (or $275 for non-Affiliates), we invite workshop leaders to draw on the expertise and imagination of over 36 seasoned members, and offer the opportunity to meet AWA leaders from all over the world.
Attendees will experience:
For an additional $40, all conference members, as well as the general public, are invited to the Founder’s Dinner to hear Pat Schneider speak on her more than 30 years of leading workshops and her lifetime journey as a writer.
If you have already registered for the Conference, please join our event on Facebook to connect with other attendees in advance and help us spread the word!
Training Updates: Registering Now for 2015
Our first session of 2015, which will take place next month, March 23 - 25 at Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California, is nearly full. If you'd like to be a part of this training, please read on for information about how to apply and do so as soon as you can.
The application and registration process is now open for our 2015 Training Sessions. If you would like to join our community of workshop leaders, begin the application process online by visiting the Trainings Schedule on our website. Or, to apply offline, visit our website, download and print the 2015 Application, and send it with the $300 deposit to:
Amherst Writers & Artists
PAT SCHNEIDER AT THE ROWE CENTER
March 6 – 8, 2015
A weekend-long poetry retreat
There will be exercises ranging from free-writes to sonnets. You’ll gain new tools that will help you grow as a poet — and to live as one, learning how to navigate the world of publishing as well as how to manage your creative life. Meals included.
WORKSHOPS & RETREATS:
AWA Affiliates Marian Calabro and Barbara Krasner offer a weekend retreat, “Go Deeper,” on March 27-29, at St. Marguerite Retreat House in Mendham, New Jersey. The retreat includes six writing sessions devoted to generating new work, six meals, and single-room lodging. http://mariancalabro.com or http://bit.ly/15DWzGP.
AWA Writing and Yoga in the Umbrian Hills, Italy in April 2015. Join AWA Affiliates Sue Reynolds, Deepam Wadds, and James Dewar for 10 days of exploration on the page, through our bodies, and in the beautiful Italian landscape. More details at: www.radicalrestoration.ca
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS:
AWA Affiliate Ellen Girardeau Kempler offers ideas to help you refresh, rewire & reboot. Visit Gold Boat Journeys to download the free PDF, Lifesavers for Writers; schedule a creative strategy session; or book a Mind Trip for Writers. Each group leader receives an Unblock Box designed to inspire new work.
iWrite Cards For Sale - $19.95 : These visual prompt cards are perfect for creative writing groups. Each 2.75 inch square card is printed on thick card stock and packaged in a satin pouch for safe keeping. Every image takes you on a magical writing journey. Shop athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/MilkhouseArtists.
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