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Write for Your Life: An Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop – G200141

Workshop ID: G200141
Dates: January 26, 2020 - January 31, 2020
Price: $595.00 - $1,275.00

This is a lively, in-depth writing retreat, based on the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method developed by Pat Schneider, described in her book, “Writing Alone and With Others” (Oxford University Press), and offered by more than 1,000 workshop and retreat leaders internationally.

Together as participants in Write for Your Life! we will foster a community of support, enabling you to write freely and go deep. Unique to this workshop is that we will write in community in a setting that supports creative risks. We will write in response to suggested prompts, and you will receive feedback on what is strong and memorable in your first-draft writing. 

We will also make time for manuscript review, with balanced feedback, if requested. The instructor will write along with the group, and the teaching of craft is taken seriously. 

The effect of an AWA retreat on a writer may be immediate or can be subtle and long-term. Beginning writers or those beginning again will find the encouragement and safety they need to let authentic voices emerge. Writers who understand their artistic process will find an opportunity to achieve a different tone or experiment with a new aspect of craft in a supportive environment. The leader is a witness to the developing skill and confidence in each writer. We will work together each day (with breaks) and have ample time for rest and relaxation amidst Ghost Ranch’s stupendous beauty.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,275.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,265.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$855.00
Camping RV$745.00
Camping w/Electricity$735.00
Joanne Brown

Joanne Brown is a poet, writer, and writing teacher working with the Amherst Writers & Artists method. She turned her passion for writing into an award-winning career in corporate communications, helping large and small businesses

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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