About the method

The method

The heart of the Amherst Writers and Artists method can be summed up as follows:


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


  1. Everyone’s writing, including the leader’s, is treated with equal respect and value.
  2. Writing is kept confidential and treated as fiction.
  3. Writers can refrain from reading their work aloud.
  4. Responses to just-written work reflect what is strong and successful.
  5. Responses and exercises support the development of literary craft.
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