Want to become an AWA-certified workshop leader? Join us at one of our upcoming leadership trainings and learn how to lead using the Amherst Writers & Artists method.


What the training offers

The AWA Training Program is a comprehensive, on-site writing workshop leadership training. Our 5-day training provides instruction in leadership skills, experiential learning, ways to develop craft, and practical information on how to form successful groups for writers at all levels and from diverse backgrounds.

We provide guidance for starting a business for general groups or working with specific populations, such as those in prison, low-income youth, the chronically ill, or seniors. This training establishes the tools and confidence to begin and succeed.

Who are we looking for?

The AWA Training Program teaches individuals to become strong, effective writing workshop leaders using the AWA Method. The ideal candidate has experience with this method through membership in an on-going workshop or through a series of retreats.

Although the methodÂ’’s approach is simple, its application is subtle and complex. Applicants are accepted based on their literacy, ability to demonstrate their prior experience with the AWA Method and their potential to be an effective workshop leader.

The community you’ll join

AWA has taught over 1,000 people how to lead workshops that support the writer in all of us. Visit our AWA Affiliate directory to learn more about AWA-certified leaders and the work they do.