March 23, 2024 (Zoom): Freedom Within Poetic Constraints (workshop)

Less is More: Freedom within Poetic Constraints with Kate Marshall Flaherty

Come experience the AWA Method and prompted writing as we focus on short poems and constraints. This 2-hour online workshop will guide emerging and established poets through prompted writing and valuable feedback in a safe and inclusive circle. Come with an open mind and leave with four or five short poems!

Limited to 12 participants. Register by emailing [email protected].

March 23, 2024 | 1-3pm EST

The AWA method is a strengths-based, appreciative inquiry method of prompted writing that celebrates each writer’s unique voice; it believes that the deepening of craft can be explored without harm to the writer’s unique voice. Founded by Pat Schneider, author of “Writing Alone and With Others,” The AWA affirmations are: 1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice. 2.Everyone is born with creative genius. 3.Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or education level. 4.The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer's original voice or artistic self-esteem. 5. A writer is someone who writes. It is non-hierarchical and empowering, creates a circle of trust, confidentiality and safety in which to take writerly risks, mirrors the strengths of fresh prompted writing, teaches craft organically and collegially, strives to use diverse prompts from underrepresented writes’ voices, and employs deep listening, leaving assumptions and preconceived notions behind. The facilitator writes along with participants, taking the same risks and sharing their work as well. Feedback of this fresh writing is strengths-based, (and suggestions on how to make a good piece even better are reserved for an editing circle.)

“AWA is a writing method that offers a dedicated time to write in a safe space and provides immediate and encouraging feedback.” —Sue Reynolds, Chair AWA

Kate Marshall Flaherty

Kate has over 14-year experience as an AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) Method certified writing workshop facilitator, and is presently vice chair of AWA. She has guided in-person, hybrid and online writing and editing workshops (StillPoint Writing) in this method for fifteen years, and given prompted writing workshops for poetry, CNF, fiction and memoire writers in this method for years at AWA’s social justice initiative, “Write Around the World” every May. Monies form this month of diverse workshops go to Katie Hymes Scholarships to support BIPOC writers funding full AWA training to empower voices in their communities, as well as Lane Goddard Scholarships that fully fund those needing financial assistance to be trained as an AWA facilitator to empower writers in their communities, often with diverse affinity groups, such as caregivers, writing through trauma, cancer patients, youth and others.

This workshop is funded by the League of Canadian Poets.