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Causes: Arts & Culture, Printing & Publishing

Mission: To establish, maintain, and conduct an organization for writers and artists.

Programs: Training program: train individuals to be leaders of writing groups using the amherst writers and artists method.

training program: train individuals to be leaders of writing groups using the amherst writers and artists method.

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I began writing with AWA in 1997. The AWA method lends itself to writers at all levels in their creative writing journey especially people who are marginalized by fear of writing, economics, or that special teacher who told them they could not. Founded by Pat Schneider, writer, author, activist, and amazing person, over 30 years ago.

AWA proudly proclaims that "everyone who has a story to tell, everyone who writes, is a writer" Thousands of writers across the U.S. and internationally have joined these living room workshops, published amazing literary work in all genre, and gone on to teach classes of their own. Workshop are held in prisons, universities, and is a movement that continues to spread.

Thanks to AWA facilitator training, I created the Women of Color Writers Workshop in 1999 which continues today in Brooklyn, NY. I am also in the process of publishing my first nonfiction book, and in 2010, I accepted a position on the AWA board of directors.

Information can be gathered at Amherst Writers & Artist. Publications are of high literary value. Pat Schneider's recent book, "Writing Alone and With Others" is a must have for those interested in overcoming writers block and expressing themselves through the art of writing.

There are workshops in most states, in Ireland, Canada, Africa, Japan and spreading.