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$20 per class, $15 for Coronado Historical Association members
Presented by Ann Bancroft, AWA Facilitator
Friday, December 1, 2017 - Friday, December 22, 2017
Coronado Historical Association Event Room 1100 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118
Writers at all levels of experience are welcome to participate in this four-week workshop. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists method, the workshop will stimulate creativity, help you to develop confidence in your writing, encourage new work and support other writers. (www.amherstwriters.com) In the AWA method, a small group of writers gathers and the workshop leader gives a writing prompt. This can be a line of poetry, an object, a photograph -- anything that might stir memory or imagination. The group then quietly writes, from memory or imagination, whatever comes to mind. Writing continues for a specific, 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. 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 positive 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 San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology, A Year in Ink.