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Training Program

Want to learn to lead writing workshops and become certified to use the Amherst Writers & Artists method?

HPIM1599The AWA Training Program is a comprehensive program that provides instruction in leadership skills, experiential learning, ways to develop craft, and practical information  on how to form successful groups for writers at all levels and from diverse backgrounds.

We provide guidance for starting a business for general groups or working with specific populations, such as those in prison, low-income youth, the chronically ill, or seniors. This training establishes the tools and confidence to begin and succeed.

The AWA Training Program teaches individuals to become strong, effective writing workshop leaders using the AWA method.  The ideal candidate has experience with this method through membership in an on-going workshop or through a series of retreats; Although the method’s approach is simple, its application is subtle and complex.  Applicants are accepted based on their ability to demonstrate their prior experience with the AWA method and their potential to be an effective workshop leader.

AWA has taught over 1,000 people how to lead workshops that support the writer in all of us.