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Workshops & Retreats

Workshop Methods

I use two primary methods in my workshops and retreats:


The Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, founded by Pat Schneider, which is a time-tested way to encourage writers to be bold and playful with their writing.


Journaling, which draws on the pioneering work of Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Journal to the Self® method.


I have indicated which method is primary in each of the listings below (although sometimes I do like to mix and match!). For more information about each of these methods, click on the links above.

Begins Oct. 21
Writing from the Heart:
A Women's Creative Writing Workshop

Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 21 - Dec. 16 (no meeting Dec. 2)

Market Street Writers, Leesburg, VA. Please note there is a small dog in residence.

Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider says, "A writer is someone who writes." This means you! In this generative workshop, you’ll receive a wide variety of writing prompts to fire up your imagination, write in whichever genre(s) you choose, and share your work if you wish. All feedback will celebrate your strengths as a writer. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome. Amherst Writers & Artists workshop.

Cost: $30 per week to drop in. Please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com to save your spot!

Dec. 7
More Joy, Less Stress: Write Your Way to Holiday Cheer (with Sue McCollum)

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Market Street Writers, Leesburg, VA. Please note there is a small dog in residence.


Stress reaches a crescendo as we approach the holiday season. The pressure to bake, decorate, shop, wrap, and host parties creates a flurry of activity. It’s difficult to prioritize, much less manage expectations. Helen Keller reminds us, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  But when we’re stressed, it’s easy to get caught up in the “doing” and miss the true essence of the holiday season.


In this workshop we will use writing to look at what stresses us at this time of year. We’ll re-examine our values, and then create a vision for a heart-felt holiday. Join Sue McCollum, co-author of the newly released book Write Your Stress Away: Tame the Tension in Your Life, and Lisa Colburn, certified Journal to the Self® instructor, as we look at how writing can provide the antidote for holiday stress. Journaling workshop.

Please bring a notebook & pen. If you'd like to join the facilitators for lunch afterward, please bring a bag lunch.


About Sue McCollum:

Sue McCollum is a licensed professional counselor and certified Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshop facilitator who uses writing to empower clients to overcome personal challenges and embrace a life of health and well-being. She co-created The Write to Be Well™ writing method with Diane Hartingh Price, her partner in TheGetWellProject.com. This simple four-step writing process aims to reduce the 21st century stress that plagues all of us and jeopardizes our health. She is passionate about sharing how writing opens us to life-changing possibilities and empowers us to Get Well, Be Well and Stay Well!


Cost: $40. To register via PayPal, click on the yellow button. To register by mail, click on the PDF.