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. 

Oct. 22
A Sense of Place
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m ET 
IN PERSON!  Market Street Writers, Leesburg, VA
(Please note there is a small dog in residence.)


When autumn comes, we have a natural tendency to slow down and warm our hands at the hearths of our lives. It is a time for country fairs, football games, homemade soups, cozy blankets, good books, and walking the land. It is also a time of remembering places and people that have made an impact on us in some way. In this workshop we will explore, through memory and imagination, what it is to immerse ourselves in a sense of place. 


This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop, so all writers are welcome, regardless of experience. Through deep listening and positive feedback, we will celebrate the stories that each person shares.


Cost: $60, which includes a simple lunch after the workshop. To register, click on the PayPal link. If you prefer to pay by check, please email

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

Begins Nov. 7
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop 
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: $165. Please register via the PayPal link. If you would prefer to pay by check, please email

Dec. 1
Voice First (with Guest Instructor Sonya Huber)
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET
Online via Zoom


Writers often hear that they should "find their voice." Sonya Huber's new book, Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto, explains that your voice isn't lost. Instead, we have multiple voices, and the more we exercise them and even name them, the more they multiply. As we identify our voices and their lineage, as we listen to ourselves, we will circle toward using those voices with greater authority and confidence. This class will provide attendees with prompts and ideas to help exercise and explore their multiple voices and to discover new ones for writing in all genres.

Cost: FREE! To register, email with "Voice First" in the subject line. I will send you a Zoom link the day before the event. 

About Sonya

Sonya Huber is the author of seven books, including the new guide, Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto, and the award-winning essay collection on chronic pain, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System. Her other books include Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir in a Day, Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and other outlets. She teaches at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield low-residency MFA program.

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