AWA is an international community of writing workshop leaders committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes and that every writer has a unique voice. AWA trains writers to become workshop leaders so that they affirm that commitment in every AWA workshop, with novice writers who have been led to believe they have no voice and with experienced writers who want to hone their craft.

All AWA workshops are guided by AWA's Five Essential Affirmations and follow the AWA Method. We invite you to join our community of writers and workshop leaders.

The teaching of craft is taken seriously and all AWA workshops are based on the principle that the teaching of craft can be practiced without damage to the creative spirit.  Our workshop leaders hold writing workshops in cities and towns across the U.S. and Canada, in Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Malawi, the Netherlands and India.  These workshops take place in living rooms, prisons, hospitals, church basements, homeless shelters, schools, universities and retreat centers. Our workshops and training programs welcome people of all ethnicities, gender identification, class, religions and educational experiences.

Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) is a non-profit, international arts organization dedicated to the principle that everyone can use words to create art. AWA was founded over thirty years ago by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press. 

We encourage you to browse this website to find a writing workshop near you, to learn about our training program, or order an issue of our journal.

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