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Sample Training Schedule

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.

Day 1

  • Introduction to AWA Method
  • Modeled AWA Writing Group
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Treating Everything as Fiction
  • Confidentiality

Day 2

  • Writing Across Difference
  • Writing Exercises & Discussion
  • Responding to Writing Practice
  • Leadership & Practical Aspects
  • Leadership with Diverse Populations

Day 3

  • Practice Sessions
  • Craft Exercises and Discussion
  • Prompts: Diversity & Resources

Day 4

  • Practice Sessions
  • Individual Conferences
  • Manuscript Review

Day 5 

  • Establishing a Business
  • Working with Other Agencies
  • Affiliate Benefits & Responsibilities
  • Certificates & Closing Ceremony

Training days are full days. The first day begins at 11:00 a.m., and the last day ends no later than 2:00 p.m. Each day consists of three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening. Morning sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. The evening sessions end at 8:30 p.m. The schedule allows for intermittent breaks, with two longer breaks on the third and fourth day. We recognize that the schedule is full, but to add more time for relaxation would mean adding an additonal training day. Our goal is to deliver the training information in a timely manner to keep costs down, and so that trainees have to take as little time as possible out of their busy lives.