The Story Cottage

The Story Cottage writing workshops utilize the (AWA) Amherst Writers and Artists Method.  This non-hierarchical approach to writing supports all genres and skill levels by emphasizing:

  • voice
  • confidence
  • craft

At  The Story Cottage, writers are encouraged to put all previous assumptions about writing or writers aside and to focus on The Five Essential Affirmations:

  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 artistic self-esteem.
  5. A writer is someone who writes.

The Writing Workshop

The Amherst Writers and Artists Method (AWA) method, (designed by Pat Schneider) provides a safe environment for writers at all levels to discover their unique voices, to learn what they do well, and to improve their craft. In this workshop we will write to prompts and respond to writing using the following AWA guidelines.

  • Write
  • Read
  • Listen
  • Respond

We write in response to prompts provided by the workshop leader.

Writers read newly composed first draft writing but only if writer chooses to read.

We listen deeply to brand new writing.

We respond by telling the reader what remember, what stays with us, what was strong.

We do not critique brand new writing.

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