Put aside all assumptions about writing. Instead, explore the teachings of AWA and experience writing as a joyful act...
1. Establishes trust.
The leader writes with the participants and reads aloud with the group.
2. Creates a safe environment.
All writing is confidential and treated as fiction.
3. Allows for empowerment
Instead of criticism, the strengths of writing are highlighted.
4. Develops craft.
Exercises invite experimentation and growth.
"Each of us has a to claim this alone: I am an artist. I am a writer." Pat Schneider from Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press, 2003.