Creative Writing Workshops
in DC & Cape Town

Offering a safe, supportive space for stories to emerge.
Whether you're writing memoir, poetry, a short story or a novel - or maybe you just want to try your hand at a bit of expressive writing- AWA creative writing workshops are a great space for writers at all levels.

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Creative Writing Workshops

Gentle, fun and encouraging writing workshops using the Amherst Writers method which enables a safe, creative environment to nurture, inspire and support each writer's unique voice. For writers at all levels.

  • Date: 2024/05/01 02:07 PM
  • Location To Be Announced

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"But if I write what my soul thinks, it will be visible, and the words will be its body." Helen Keller.

Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA)
Underpinning the Amherst Writers methodology is the belief that everyone is creative, and there is no right or wrong in creative expression.

The AWA method creates space where everyone can write; where everyone has their own unique voice; where every writers innate creative genius can find expression.

We use carefully selected prompts to open a door to those stories stirring inside, waiting to be told. And then writers are invited, but not obligated, to share their work. Fellow participants offer positive, thoughtful feedback. And each of us finds that sharing our work is a powerful way to find out which parts of our story resonate most with others.

The AWA method helps us to honour both the privacy and process of every writer; to nurture and support in an unthreatening atmosphere of mutual respect. Although not specifically therapeutic, the AWA process is often helpful to people who are working through isolating difficulties like loss and illness.

“ part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other's presence, each other's wonder, each other's human plight.” Eudora Welty

Melissa Webster is a Cape Town based  writer, story editor, and workshop leader.

She holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and is a trained, AWA affiliated, workshop leader; and a full member of WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa).

Her narrative fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared, or is upcoming, in Harper Palate (USA); Agape Review (USA); New Contrast (South Africa); Mail and Guardian (South Africa); Harare News (Zimbabwe); Outside In Literary Travel Magazine (USA); The Center Magazine (Zimbabwe); Up, Do: Anthology of Flash Fiction by Women Writers (USA) and Penn-Union (USA).

Her thesis work was recognised with an Outstanding Graduate Award, Johns Hopkins, (2011)
She received an honourable mention in New Millennium Writings creative non-fiction contest (2012)
Screenplay credits include the award winning Zimbabwean short film, Freestate.
Melissa served as script adjudicator for the WGSA Muse awards in 2021 and 2022.
She is working on her debut novel.

Melissa offers Craft-of-Writing workshops, and leads AWA method creative writing workshops.

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