Workshops & Retreats

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Retreat participants
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 experimental 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.

All workshops are offered on Zoom in the Eastern time zone unless stated otherwise. 

Nov. 7
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop [Drop-ins welcome!]
Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m. ET, Nov. 7 - Dec. 19 (6 weeks; no workshop Dec. 5) 
Online via Zoom


Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider said, "Everyone is born with creative genuis." This means you! In this six-week 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


Cost: $35 per week to drop in. Please email if you wish to drop in, and I will send you a PayPal link.

Jan. 7
Fresh Bits: Rediscovering the Joy of Writing 
Saturday, January 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m ET 
In person at Market Street Writers, Leesburg, VA 
(Please note there is a small dog in residence.)



Whenever my computer suddenly starts misfiring—like skipping letters when I type—or my iPhone slows down, I know the remedy: fresh bits. My programmer husband taught me this: exit applications, turn off the device, wait a short time, start again. When I return to my device, all is in perfect working order. It just needed a rest.


How about you? For many of us, the holiday season is a flurry of activity. Yes, it can be fun, but it’s also exhausting. And where has our writing gone in the midst of the bustle? 


In this workshop we will return to what we love about writing, why we do it, and how we can nurture ourselves as we take up our writing lives with renewed purpose in the new year. Through a series of journaling and Amherst Writers & Artists prompts, along with deep listening and sharing, we will co-create a supportive community that celebrates each person’s creative voice and heartfelt desires. 


The workshop will run for three hours (with a break in the middle), followed by a simple lunch of vegetarian chili and cornbread for those who wish to stay and socialize. 


Cost: $75. Please register using the PayPal link provided. If you wish to pay by check or if finances are a hardship for you at this time, please email

Covid Policy: Participants are requested to take a home Covid test within 24 hours of the workshop. Masks are optional.