Event Date: Sunday November 5, 2017


Beginning and experienced writers are invited to join Barbara Steiner for a day-long creative writing workshop at Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we’ll write in response to exercises (which you are free to ignore) designed to help us bypass our inner critic and write from what comes to us. We’ll be invited to share what we’ve written, and respond to each other’s pieces with what we like and what works. This method helps generate material from the images, experiences and feelings we carry inside ourselves, without critique, questions or suggestions. To create a supportive and safe space, we maintain confidentiality, treat what we write as fiction, and concentrate on the writing at hand.

Barbara is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method developed by Pat Schneider. She has written and trained extensively with AWA-trained facilitator Patricia Lee Lewis, and has been a member of the Aryaloka community since 1991. Her philosophy is that writing is a social act that belongs to anyone who has something to say, and that we generate our juiciest material by inviting our inner (and outer) critics to go on a nice, long walk without us.

Note: This workshop will be held in Akashaloka – just behind the main building of Aryaloka.

Led by: Barbara Steiner
Times: Sunday November 5, 9 am – 5 pm
Venue: Aryaloka (Akashaloka)
Fee: Sliding Scale: $85/70/55
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.