AWA Group Leadership Training - Chicago, IL
Apply for this training to become certified to lead workshops in the AWA method, as described in Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.
The AWA Initial Leadership Training is a five-day intensive course focused on instructing individuals in the AWA method. 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. This training prepares people to lead groups for the general population and for traditionally silenced people in places such as public housing, shelters, hospitals or prisons.
In addition to the specific AWA practices, the following skills are taught:
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.
September 11th, 2013 9:00 AM through September 15th, 2013 2:00 PM
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086-6023