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6/20/2014: The only workshop with openings is the afternoon workshop, Writing with Children.  If you wish to attend that workshop only, email summer@psr.edu.

Amherst Writers & Artists West and Pacific School of Religion present:

A Festival of Writing [SOLD OUT]Writing Alone Book Cover

Saturday, June 21, 9:30am - 6:00pm
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Come write with other writers in a supportive environment. The all-day event will feature writing workshops, a reception, and a talk with Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) founder Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others and How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice.

With the insight that "everyone is born with creative genius," Schneider created the AWA method more than thirty years ago to provide a safe, encouraging environment for writing.

The Festival is open to all – no experience necessary. Morning and afternoon writing workshops will be led by experienced AWA method-trained workshop facilitators. 

Take advantage of many nearby options during the lunch hour, or bring your own lunch and eat on the beautiful PSR campus.

A late afternoon reception with Pat Schneider will offer an opportunity for participants to meet and talk. The Festival will culminate in a keynote speech by Schneider in Pacific School of Religion’s Bade Museum.

SchedulePat Schneider

9:00 - 9:30am: Sign in, Mudd Hall

9:30am - 12:00pm: Morning Writing Workshops, Mudd Hall

12:00 - 1:30pm:
Lunch on your own: several casual restaurants are located two blocks away on Euclid Avenue

1:30 - 4:00pm: Afternoon Writing Workshops, Mudd Hall

4:00 - 4:30pm: Break

4:30 - 6:00pm: Reception and talk with Pat Schneider online from Amherst, Bade Museum, Holbrook Hall. Free and open to the public.

 

Workshop Descriptions & Leader Information



Morning Workshops (select one when you register):

A. Cary Tennis, Craft in Fiction [workshop full]Cary Tennis

In this workshop we will use the Amherst Writers and Artists method to write specific kinds of prose needed for contemporary fiction. Depending on the needs and interests of the participants, these may include: fresh dialog; lush setting; tight story arc; unusual characters; and convincing interior monologue. 

Cary Tennis is best known as the writer of Salon.com's "Since You Asked" advice column, but he is also a fiction writer, poet, and Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader. He started leading AWA workshops after studying with AWA founder Pat Schneider in 2007 and now leads workshops in his San Francisco home and around the world. He studied literature and journalism at the University of Miami and creative writing at San Francisco State, and is currently hard at work finishing his novel.  http://www.carytennis.com

A1. Katie McCleary, Creative Writing [workshop full]Kate McCleary

A classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Ms. McCleary, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method.

Katie McCleary, is a writer, a teacher, a mother, and an activist. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Katie landed in Sacramento by way of becoming the county’s AmeriCorps Mentoring Ambassador. For the next seven years, Katie managed two mentoring programs for the Grant Joint Union High school district, where she provided mentors, career opportunities, and life-inspiring field trips to students, grades four through twelve. In 2008, Katie earned her MFA in writing and consciousness. Her creative work has appeared in Hip Mama, The Tule Review, The Sacramento News and Review, and many other publications. She has taught at American River College, Sacramento City College, and at UC Davis extension. Currently, Katie facilitates private creative writing workshops, is busy writing her second novel, and working on 916 Inkhttp://www.katiemccleary.com

B. Jennifer Cross, Writing Sexuality [workshop full]Jennifer Cross (Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People)

Some like it hot – an erotic writing group: Gather with other writers to create a space in which we struggle with, celebrate and reclaim the intricacies of our desire. In this session, we’ll try out some explicit writing, and consider the possibilities of a more creative relationship with such things as sexual identity, body image, sexual desire, sexual practice, and more.

Jen Cross is a writer, performer, and writing workshop facilitator; her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, focuses primarily on sexuality writing workshops and writing with survivors of sexual trauma. Jen's writing appears in close to thirty anthologies and periodicals, including The Healing Art of Writing, Nobody Passes, Visible: A Femmethology, Best Sex Writing.  http://www.writingourselveswhole.org

B1. Chris DeLorenzo, Writing through Grief [workshop full]Chris DeLorenzo

Writing Our Way Through Loss: A Grief Writing and Healing Workshop
In this workshop, Christopher P. DeLorenzo will facilitate in the Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA), focusing on spontaneous writing prompts, voluntary reading, and positive feedback. This isn't a therapy group, rather, it utilizes the AWA method as a healing art, and way of giving shape and meaning to our grief. Everyone is free to share his or her writing, or decline to read. We're also free to write about other subjects, but the writing prompts and handouts will each address grief and healing in some way.
  This workshop may not be appropriate for those who have had very recent loss (within the last 6-9 months), but that will be determined on an individual basis. This workshop requires a short phone call with Christopher before the workshop meeting. To arrange this call, please email him at chris@laguna-writers.com.

Christopher DeLorenzo lives in San Francisco, California, where he teaches writing at the University of San Francisco. He has co-led an annual grief and healing retreat for four years in the Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA). In addition to his work with writing and grief, Chris facilitates multi-genre writing workshops in his home, and leads writing retreats in Sonoma County and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He has written three novels and is currently working on a memoir cookbook.  http://www.laguna-writers.com

C. Carla Hanson (replacing Teresa Burns Gunther), Creative Writing [workshop full]

A classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Ms. Hanson, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method.

Carla Hanson has taught in California public high schools for 27 years and has used the AWA method in her classroom for a decade. She leads an ongoing women's writing group. Carla is a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and a Writing Coach for her school district. She writes about educational issues.

D. John Crandall, Creative Writing [workshop full]John Crandall

A classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Mr. Crandall, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method. 

John Crandall, author, educator, and artist, facilitates writing groups in Sacramento and in virtual space using the World Wide Web. He specializes in writing as a way of healing and of self expression. Semi-retired from the fields of psychology and teaching (non)violence, John is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of groups.



Afternoon Workshops (select one when you register):

E. Jan Haag, Writing Poetry [workshop full]Jan Haag

Jan Haag leads workshops in the Amherst Writers & Artists method in Sacramento when she's not teaching journalism and English at Sacramento City College. She is the author of "Companion Spirit," a book of poems about grief and the healing process. She also is an instructor who trains AWA writing groups leaders and serves as the editor of AWA Press.

Join AWA workshop leader and poet Jan Haag for a discussion of poetic devices and how to work them into your poetry, along with the opportunity to write to prompts using the AWA method. Even if you think you’re not a poet, this workshop is designed to help you craft a draft of at least one poem to take with you—or to incorporate poetic techniques into your prose.

F. Chris DeLorenzo, Writing through Grief [workshop full]Chris DeLorenzo

Writing Our Way Through Loss: A Grief Writing and Healing Workshop
In this workshop, Christopher P. DeLorenzo will facilitate in the Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA), focusing on spontaneous writing prompts, voluntary reading, and positive feedback. This isn't a therapy group, rather, it utilizes the AWA method as a healing art, and way of giving shape and meaning to our grief. Everyone is free to share his or her writing, or decline to read. We're also free to write about other subjects, but the writing prompts and handouts will each address grief and healing in some way.
  This workshop may not be appropriate for those who have had very recent loss (within the last 6-9 months), but that will be determined on an individual basis. This workshop requires a short phone call with Christopher before the workshop meeting. To arrange this call, please email him at chris@laguna-writers.com.

Christopher DeLorenzo lives in San Francisco, California, where he teaches writing at the University of San Francisco. He has co-led an annual grief and healing retreat for four years in the Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA). In addition to his work with writing and grief, Chris facilitates multi-genre writing workshops in his home, and leads writing retreats in Sonoma County and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He has written three novels and is currently working on a memoir cookbook.  http://www.laguna-writers.com

G. Katie McCleary, Writing with ChildrenKate McCleary

Even the youngest ones have a voice and a story to tell. This workshop will focus on how you can create young authors in your workshops through anthologies. Young authorship deepens the impact of why books, stories, and words matter—it’s literacy in action. Learn the AWA method that 916 Ink has adapted to running a young author’s writing “workshop,” and how to give feedback that encourages students to keep telling stories. Also, we’ll zoom in on which “prompts” captivate children and teens.

Katie McCleary, is a writer, a teacher, a mother, and an activist. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Katie landed in Sacramento by way of becoming the county’s AmeriCorps Mentoring Ambassador. For the next seven years, Katie managed two mentoring programs for the Grant Joint Union High school district, where she provided mentors, career opportunities, and life-inspiring field trips to students, grades four through twelve. In 2008, Katie earned her MFA in writing and consciousness. Her creative work has appeared in Hip Mama, The Tule Review, The Sacramento News and Review, and many other publications. She has taught at American River College, Sacramento City College, and at UC Davis extension. Currently, Katie facilitates private creative writing workshops, is busy writing her second novel, and working on 916 Inkhttp://www.katiemccleary.com

H. Mary Tuchscherer, Creative Writing [workshop full]Mary Tuscherer

Mary Tuchscherer, MA, is the founder and CEO of VoiceFlame, a non-profit organization that is illuminating the voices of girls and women through writing and education.  Since childhood Mary knew the key to her own self-empowerment was through the authentic use of her own voice.  Mary is certified as an Amherst Writers and Artists workshop facilitator and trainer and is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, visioning and sharing the stories of VoiceFlame.  http://www.voiceflame.org

Join an AWA-trained workshop leader for a classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Ms. Tuchscherer, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method.

I. Jennifer Cross, Creative Writing [workshop full] Jennifer Cross (Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People)

A classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Ms. Cross, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by
reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method. 

Jen Cross is a writer, performer, and writing workshop facilitator; her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, focuses primarily on sexuality writing workshops and writing with survivors of sexual trauma. Jen's writing appears in close to thirty anthologies and periodicals, including The Healing Art of Writing, Nobody Passes, Visible: A Femmethology, Best Sex Writing.  http://www.writingourselveswhole.org

J. John Crandall, Creative Writing [workshop full]John Crandall

A classic AWA writing session. Prompts will be provided by Mr. Crandall, though writers are free to write whatever comes up for them and share by reading aloud, if they wish. Listeners only respond with what is strong about the writing and what stays with them, and all work is treated as fiction—the basic tenets of the AWA method. 

John Crandall, author, educator, and artist, facilitates writing groups in Sacramento and in virtual space using the World Wide Web. He specializes in writing as a way of healing and of self expression. Semi-retired from the fields of psychology and teaching (non)violence, John is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of groups.

Cost

  • General Public: $75
  • PSR/GTU Student: $65

Discounts: A limited number of seats are available at a discounted rate for low income writers. If you would like to request a discount, contact summer@psr.edu.

Support Low Income Writers:  During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to support the attendance of limited income writers.  We enourage you to take this step toward making the AWA writing approach available more widely.

The Pat & Peter Schneider Fund Pat & Peter Schneider

Registration costs for this event are subsidized by PSR's Pat & Peter Schneider Fund.

Established in 2013 in honor of PSR alumni/ae Patricia and Peter Schneider, classes of 1959 and 1956 respectively, with gratitude for a lifetime of achievement and service.  Pat Schneider, PSR distinguished alumna recipient of 2000, developed a unique writing workshop method first employed in 1980 to support people in finding their voices through writing.  Ms. Schneider focused her efforts toward disenfranchised populations, yielding remarkable results.  The method was widely distributed through her Oxford University Press book, Writing Alone and with Others.  Later Ms. Schneider founded Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) to train others to lead workshops in this way, and thousands of people from graduate school classrooms and elementary schoolrooms to jails and shelters, from Massachusetts to Malawi, benefited from the method.  The Pat & Peter Schneider Fund supports writing at Pacific School of Religion though AWA method classes, scholarships, and events, with a special emphasis on writing to empower those who have been denied voice. 

Please consider donating to the fund to support future AWA method workshops and event.  You may make a donation here, or donate during registration. All donated funds will be directed exclusively to AWA-related events.

More Information

For more information about this event, contact PSR's Summer Session office at summer@psr.edu or 510.849.8268.

Registered but can't attend?

We'll miss you!  If you would like your tuition fees to be converted into a tax-deductible donation to the Pat & Peter Schneider Fund, which makes events like this possible, please email summer@psr.edu.  You will receive a letter of acknowledgement. 

Alternately, your registration can be transferred to another interested writer who is able to attend in your stead.  Can't find a substitute? A refund, less processing fees, is available until June 18, 2014.  No refunds will be issued after June 18. 

Registrants, you can transfer or cancel your own registration here.  Have your login and password from your registration handy.  Having trouble?  Contact summer[at]psr[dot]edu or 510.849.8202 for help with cancellation.