Writing from Memory or Imagination (at The Sitting Room) is currently held virtually via Zoom. Each workshop session follows the Amherst Writers & Artists method. AWA defines a writer simply as "someone who writes." The philosophy: Writing is an art form that belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. See a sample of prompts here.

New sessions Wednesdays & Thursdays, August 12 & 13, 2020
10am–12:30pm PST.  (Thursday series is now FULL.)

Cost is $150 for a 6-week series; no drop-ins.
All genres and experience levels are welcome!

Please scroll down to the INQUIRY FORM below to express your interest.
A phone interview is required prior to registration to ensure a good fit.

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Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method

Everyone’s writing, including the group leader’s, is treated equally as fiction, or story, to protect confidentiality. If writers choose to read their work aloud, participants focus on what is strong and memorable in their responses. Timed writing sessions with a variety of prompts and immediate, positive feedback support the development of each writer. Participants find a safe environment in which to experiment, learn craft, and develop each unique voice. 

Learn more about the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by founder Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

Following an intensive 40-hour leadership training I became an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops.

Here’s what participants have to say about the AWA method:

“The workshop filled me with so much joy. AWA is like learning a new language.”
“Provocative prompts stimulate our writer’s brain. I’ve been branching out more in my writing.”
“I appreciate everyone’s positive input & willingness to share.”
“The writing takes on a life of its own.” 
“It is wonderful to hear the artistry flow out of everyone.”
It has really opened my eyes to the words on the page.”

Here’s what participants have to say about the workshop facilitation:

“Nicole provides a safe & encouraging environment to learn & grow.”
“I have gotten so much from Nicole’s knowledge of writing & attention to the process.”
“Nicole is a very calm, supportive & skilled facilitator. She is a gem!”
“I really appreciated Nicole's positive yet firm facilitation.”
“She is warm, encouraging, & respectful of each person’s own voice.”

Writing Workshop Inquiry Form

Please provide your email (& telephone number) so I may contact you about upcoming workshops.
Note: a phone interview is required to register.

Please include:

  • how you heard about my writing workshops
  • any writing or workshop experience you may have   
  • any familiarity with the AWA method

    Shut Up & Write!™ weekly writing sessions

    NOTE: During "Shelter in Place," we're writing remotely via Zoom. (RSVP and get the link at Meetup!)

    Join us for an hour of writing every Tuesday at 9:30 AM at JavAmore Cafe in Penngrove, CA. We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. It's FREE!

    RSVP at Meetup, or just show up. Please arrive 10–15 minutes early to order food/drink and get settled.