GETTING UNSTUCK & GETTING REFRESHED: Writing Memoir with the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

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GETTING UNSTUCK & GETTING REFRESHED: Writing Memoir with the Amherst Writers & Artists Method
August 23, 2014 10:30 am
MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115
July 24, 2014
Rockland Public Library
80 Union Street, Rockland, ME, 04841, United States


MWPA-215x215Instructor: Maggie Butler
Date & Time: Saturday, August 23 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Rockland Public Library
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115



Feeling stuck or needing fresh ideas for your writing? Want to develop your characters and get to know them more intimately? This one-day workshop utilizing the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method can deliver the goods!


This time-honored generative writing workshop method is useful to all levels of writing experience, with each workshop designed to unlock your creativity in a safe, nonjudgmental, and respectful environment. Participants (including the facilitator) write in response to prompts; our responses may be written in our own voice or in the voice of a character. Sharing one’s writing with the group is voluntary.


When we give feedback, our comments focus on the strengths of the writing and what is memorable about the work. Because this is brand new, first draft writing that even the author hasn’t yet read, it is not the time to offer criticism of the work. This workshop is about encouraging and opening ourselves to creativity, which hides very quickly when the critic appears.


With the feedback given, a writer may then build on the strengths and what’s working with the writing. Each participant will leave this workshop with at least four or five fresh, first draft pieces to develop.


Maggie Butler, MSW, has enjoyed an extensive career as a therapist, educator, coach, and retreat and workshop leader in both the United States and Ireland. A certified Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) workshop facilitator with advanced training in the method, she is an AWA affiliate in both the United States and Ireland.


Her poetry has appeared in Crannóg Literary Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, The Aurorean, and an anthology, Journey to Crone. In 2013 she participated in an Ekphrasis exhibit (one of her favorite things to do) at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth.


She is currently working on a novel, from which an excerpt (Women in Black) won the 2011 Maine Literary Award for Short Works (fiction). Her screenplay, Pilgrimage of Grace, won a Best Screenplay (feature) award at the 2004 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and placed as a finalist in the 2011 Maine Literary Drama Award category.


The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
> DEADLINE: Monday, August 11 at 9:00 a.m.


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