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Whether you've never written, written much, are a published writer or somewhere in between, no matter what you might be thinking about or actually be writing (any genre), whether you're writing for yourself, your family or with plans to publish, this six week series will generate new writing, new energy, be fun, and may even surprise you.
It's an opportunity to learn more about your strengths as a writer and to learn craft elements. As an Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Affiliate, using the practices outlined in Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone and With Others, Julie Gardner creates a safe space for people to express and take risks with their writing. Usually two to three prompts are suggested (optional) followed by a time for reading and responses (optional). Since each writing is a first draft, like "a new baby" says Pat Schneider, responses can only start with: what I liked, what was strong, what stays with me. No criticisms or suggestions are allowed. Come try it and see your writing and confidence expand.
Julie Gardner has masters degrees in counseling and human development & the family and a bachelors in early childhood education. She is well published in those fields and has been a national adult educator of early childhood professionals. After a move to Seattle 11 years ago, she took many classes at Richard Hugo House, received a literary fiction certificate from University of Washington and became an AWA Affiliate. For nearly nine years she has led retreats and weekly WritersGathering groups in Seattle including one at Mary's Place, a day shelter for women experiencing homelessness which resulted in an anthology edited by Julie. Four years ago she became a nationally certified Life-Legacies facilitator and has led individuals and groups in legacy/ethical will writing.