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Write for Your Life Workshops

“Write for your Life,” A Spring Workshop for Everyone:

Write with others in a small, safe and lively group based on the internationally acclaimed Amherst Artists & Writers method.

Six Thursdays, April 18 – May 23, 4 – 6:30 or 7 pm

Join me and other writerly companions in one of my workshops:

6-week-long workshops for anyone who wishes to write
Saturday day-longs for anyone who wishes to write
Workshops for cancer survivors, specifically using writing as a way of healing

In all workshops, we write with others in a small group. Together we foster a safe and supportive community enabling participants to write freely and go deep: writing in response to suggested prompts, building trust among the group and in our unique voices, receiving feedback on what’s strong in our first-draft writing. If requested, we also make time for manuscript review with balanced feedback. 

I use the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method in all workshops. AWA is a network of affiliates who are leading writing workshops throughout the United States and in nine countries worldwide. Writers who have used the AWA method have published major works and won top awards in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. 

All are welcome in my workshops: beginning writers, those beginning again, and experienced writers will generate new material here. Workshops meet in my comfortable home less than a mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Healthy snacks are always provided.

Writer's workshop

Upcoming Write for your Life Workshops

Spring Workshop for Everyone
April 18 – May 23

Saturday Workshop for Cancer Survivors
May 4

Saturday Daylong Workshops
June, July, August 2019

Fall Workshop for Everyone
September 2019

Watch for exact dates.

“Joanne’s workshop was just what I needed to begin chronicling my story. She is wonderfully supportive and affirming, and her writing prompts helped get me past my fear and reluctance. I wasn’t sure what writing with others would be like — I loved it, loved hearing others’ work, and so appreciated the positive feedback.”

D. B.

Santa Fe

“I came to understand the power of writing in community for the first time. Write for your Life is an apt title for the workshop: I think all of us felt the pull to write for our lives, and the workshop gave us a safe, caring place to do just that.”

D.D.

Oakland