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2017-12/06 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop with Ann Bancroft

Date: First class is December 6, 2017 Time: 9:30am to 12pm Number of sessions: 3 -- Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 Members: $75 Nonmembers: $90 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

This is a workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method designed to strengthen writers’ voices on the page, to stimulate creativity, encourage new work and support other writers.

Writing to prompts, reading our work, providing and receiving positive feedback, we will learn what makes writing strong. Responses and discussion will provide insight into elements of craft including point of view, setting, sensory detail, voice, rhythm and mood.

The belief behind AWA is that, simply, a writer is someone who writes, no matter her experience, education, age or identity outside of writing. In the AWA method, a small group of writers gather and the workshop leader gives a writing prompt. This can be a line of poetry, an object, a photograph, really anything that might stir memory or imagination.  The group then quietly writes, from memory or imagination, whatever comes to mind. The writing continues for a specific, usually short amount of time, from five to twenty minutes. When the writing time ends, the writers read to the group what they have written. Because all work is new, only positive responses are allowed: what I liked, what was strong, what stays with me.

AWA keeps writers feeling safe in their writing by demanding confidentiality of the writers. Nothing about the writing leaves the room, even in discussion with other writers. All writing is presumed fiction. There is no discussion about the subject of the writing, only the writing itself and only in context of those three responses. (


Ann Bancroft fell in love with the Amherst Writers and Artists method because of the way it supports writers in finding and telling the stories they may not know they need to write. She got her AWA certification in Chicago and has led groups in Sacramento and Coronado as well as at SDWI. Ann began writing fiction after a career in journalism and political communications. She was a staff writer for the “San Francisco Chronicle” and the Associated Press, and wrote editorials for “The Sacramento Bee.” Her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the “Los Angeles Times,” “Sacramento Magazine,” and “California Lawyer” magazine. She has taught journalism at California State University, Sacramento and American River College. She has been a ghostwriter, a speechwriter, and a communications director for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. After taking early retirement, she began writing what she wanted — personal essays for Open Salon, short stories and her first novel, “The Oakland Mets”. An excerpt of that novel was published in the tenth edition of “A Year in Ink.”

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.