Writing Retreats & Workshops

Deepam leads workshops and retreats in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ (AWA) method of writing workshop facilitation.

The AWA philosophy is a simple one: every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft.

“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art —the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.” ~Pat Schneider, founder of the AWA Method, in “Writing Alone and With Others”

The AWA Bedrock Principles are:

  • 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 writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem
  • A writer is someone who writes

Upcoming Opportunities

Write Your Way In ~ AWA writing workshops

Evening Workshops

Dates: May 25, June 1, June 15, 2020

Time: 7 – 9+ pm

Location: 1210 Greenwood Avenue, Esquimalt

Cost: $25.00 per session or $65.00 for all 3

  • payable by e-transfer to susan@deepamwadds.com

Day-long Writers’ Refuge

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Time: 10 am – 1 pm EDT

Location: online via Zoom

Cost: $25.00

  • payable by e-transfer to susan@deepamwadds.com

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Location: online via Zoom

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Cost: $25.00 (includes snacks, coffee & tea)

  • payable by e-transfer to susan@deepamwadds.com

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Location: Upstairs, Leacock Home, Orillia, Ontario

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $80.00 (includes snacks, coffee & tea)

  • payable by e-transfer to susan@deepamwadds.com

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020

Location: 1210 Greenwood Avenue, Esquimalt, BC

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $80.00 (includes snacks, lunch, coffee & tea)

  • payable by e-transfer to susan@deepamwadds.com

Spring Writes Retreat

Date: May 29-30, 2020

Time: 7 pm Friday – 4:30 pm Saturday

Location: OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC

Cost: $125.00 (includes snacks, coffee & tea) *Accommodation and meals can be added to your registration here.


Radical Restoration Writing & Yoga Retreat in Spain

April 18 to 25, 2021
Molino Del Rey
Jorox, 29567 Alozaina, Málaga, Spain

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