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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.

“...to 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