Everyone has stories. A writer is simply someone who writes them.
Sarah Pemberton AWA licensed writing group facilitator Certified NLP Master Practitioner MA in Education
Women's Writing Group - Sunday Morning, March 10th The New Moon and the time change...who knows what else might change for you today. "Spring forward" into what is ready to open in your heart, your mind, your life.
When: Sunday Morning, March 10th, 10:00 am -12:00 pm Where: Meets on Zoom Who: Women What: Time and space to write what wants to emerge Fee: $45
Writing is such a powerful tool that can truly change your life. When you come to the page with the courage to write honestly and freely as yourself, something new will unlock, will open, will reveal itself to you. The new moon is a time to reflect and open to the new that is ready to emerge within you.
We write to prompts that serve as doorways into whatever topic you want to write about. There is time to share, and sharing is always optional.
Sometimes, in order to keep up with daily life and function in the world, we simply must tell our deeper selves, "not now." This writing workshop is time to stop and to check in with that deeper self and allow what is there to rise to the surface so that we can meet it with our presence and awareness.
It would be a joy to welcome you into this space. No writing experience is needed.
This group is based on the Amherst Writer's and Artist's method. You will find more information about this method below.
"Sarah’s women’s writing group has been a game changer for me, in how I see myself as a writer. It gave me the encouragement to realize I have a strong voice and important things to say. Each week I’d look forward to not only hearing what came out of me, but relishing in the gift of getting to hear all of my writing group’s voices as well. Taking the time out each week to be creative, expressive and brave was a gift that I gave myself." -Justine L.
"Sarah's assured guidance, gentle encouragement, and creative prompts brewed and stewed into an elixir, started me on my writing journey. I found thoughts and stories hiding in my soul and psyche that I would never have found on my own. I'm still writing almost every day. I'm so glad I said yes to this! The first day was scary. And surprising. And inspiring. And I was hooked. I signed up for every single writing class that followed."-Vicki W.
About the Amherst Writer's and Artist's Method:
We hold the following 5 essential affirmations in our writing groups:
1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice. 2. Everyone is born with creative genius. 3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. 4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer's original voice or self-esteem. 5. A writer is someone who writes.
“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art - the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.” - Pat Schneider, from Writing Alone and With Others
The Amherst Writers & Artists' philosophy is a simple one: every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. The AWA method, which is fully described in founder Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003, and available at www.patschneider.com), provides just such an environment.
Unique to the AWA method, at the time of the publication of the book, are these two revolutionary practices:
Everything in the writing workshop is treated as fiction, to keep the focus on the writing rather than the personal and to minimize the vulnerability of the writer. The teacher or leader writes with the participants, and reads aloud along with the other writers. These practices, along with keeping all writing confidential, responding to just-written work with positive attention on what is strong in the writing, create an environment that is non-hierarchical, honest, and safe. Accomplished and beginning writers learn from one another in a generous atmosphere that works seriously to develop craft and holds personal respect for the value of every voice.
The AWA method has been used successfully with experienced writers as well as beginners, writers who have confidence as well as those who are uncertain. It has been equally effective in helping those whose voices have traditionally been silenced by poverty, discrimination, illness, age or other obstacles to achieving the powerful combination of language and confidence needed to overcome social barriers. While the AWA method is not therapy, it has great healing potential for writers from all backgrounds. Writers who have used the AWA method have published major works and taken top prizes and awards in the U.S. and Ireland, and over a thousand have completed the AWA training program in workshop leadership.
Peter Elbow, author of Writing Without Teachers, brought the writing process movement into classrooms across the U.S. In his the introduction to Writing Alone and With Others, he called Pat Schneider “the best teacher of writing I know.” The practices outlined in the book have proven effective in graduate school classrooms and in work with the homeless, in children’s schoolrooms, with nursing students, in bereavement groups and in living rooms among friends.