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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 April 13
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop


Section A: Mondays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., April 13 - 27 (3 weeks)

Section B: Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., April 14 - 28 (3 weeks)

Online via Zoom [FREE]


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 read your work aloud if you wish. All feedback will celebrate what is strong and memorable in your writing. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome.


This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop. To learn more about this workshop method, click here.

These workshops are free for the month of April as an offering to the community, and will be held via Zoom. To register, please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com no later than the night before each session (or sign up for all three at once!).

April 18
The Pleasures of Poetry (with Summer Hardinge) 


Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom

April is National Poetry Month, and AWA facilitator Summer Hardinge and I can think of no better way to celebrate than to offer a poetry-themed workshop! Please join us as we discover together the art, the craft, and the joy of creating poetry. All writers are welcome, even if you’ve never tried your hand at poetry before. In an AWA workshop, all writing is celebrated and there is no critique of first-draft work. Come and play!


All proceeds from this workshop will benefit Amherst Writers & Artists as part of their annual “Write Around the World” fundraiser. Workshop leaders donate their time, participants donate their money, and AWA donates the writing prompts (although we’ll probably provide our own this year). Participants also have the opportunity to have their work published on the AWA website!


Suggested Donation: $35. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to AWA, please mail your check (made out to Amherst Writers & Artists) and the registration form (see PDF) to Summer Hardinge. Or if you simply want to register using PayPal, click on the link to do so. All proceeds will go to AWA.

May 30
This status of this workshop is unclear at the moment due to the coronavirus. More details coming soon!
Focus on Form: Crafting the Personal, the Lyric, and the
Hermit Crab Essay (with guest instructor Randon Billings Noble)


Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

The word “essay” comes from the French essayer: “to try.”  In this daylong workshop we’ll try our hand at writing several different kinds of essays – personal/familiar, segmented, and hermit crab.  We'll look at different examples and consider the ways form can intensify content.  We’ll also write, starting with a series of generative exercises and ending with some draft-work towards an essay in the form(s) of your choice.  Please come ready to read, write, think, try, dare – and play!


This workshop will benefit beginning writers, advanced practitioners, and everyone in between. Please bring a bag lunch and a notebook and pen. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Cost: $125. Please register via the PayPal link above or send an email to lisa@marketstreetwriters.com if you would prefer to pay by check.

About Randon

Market Street Writers is pleased to host essayist Randon Billings Noble as a guest instructor for this event. Randon's stunning full-length essay collection, Be With Me Always, was published in 2019 by the University of Nebraska Press to wide acclaim. Her individual essays have appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, Passages North, Shenandoah, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She is currently editing a lyric essay anthology to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2021. Randon is a true master of the essay form, and if you're interested in creative nonfiction you won't want to miss this workshop! To learn more about Randon, visit randonbillingsnoble.com.