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Livewire Writing Workshops

We all have a story to tell. We all have a unique voice.


One of my great pleasures is bringing writers together, whether through my work as director of the Ocean State Writing Conference or in more initmate settings, as with Livewire Writing workshops.


Writing in a group, with pens scratching paper or fingers clicking on a keyboard, is inspiring. To hear the work that emerges from these writing sessions is a privilege. The room itself feels electric. A creative current is shared by all. Hence, Livewire Writing.


Livewire Writing offers workshops for writers at all experience levels. The typical workshop format is simple: we write to prompts for a specified time, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes. We then read our work aloud. Group members offer feedback, letting the writer know what works in the piece, what moved them, what they want to hear more of. Along the way, we learn about the craft of writing.


All workshops are lead in the Amherst Writers and Artist Method. AWA is based on the following philosophy.

  • Everyone has a strong, unique voice.
  • Everyone is born with creative genius.
  • Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level.
  • The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writerÂ’s original voice or artistic self-esteem.
  • A writer is someone who writes.

The following practices establish a safe environment where everyone is free to explore within their own writing and listen to each other with respect. 

  • Everyone's writing is treated with equal respect and value.
  • Writing is kept confidential and treated as fiction.
  • Writers can refrain from reading their work aloud.
  • Responses to just-written work reflect what is strong and successful.
  • Responses and exercises support the development of literary craft.