This Is Our Story

VoiceFlame was founded in 2003 when Mary Tuchscherer took an Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) class and for the first time, experienced the power of her unique voice. Her hunger for creative expression ignited, and she became a certified AWA facilitator. Passionate about empowering others to illuminate their voices, especially women and girls, she began teaching writing using the AWA method.

When Mary found herself in Malawi, Africa in 2007 and learned that less than a handful of women had ever been published, she became acutely aware of the depth of silence that was being endured. Her heart split open, and she resolved to bring this simple, yet deeply transformative work to Malawian girls and women to provide the tools for literacy development, and to help them recognize that their voice matters, too.

Travel to Malawi With Us

Join us on our fourth cross-cultural journey and experience first-hand how writing and self-expression empowers women and girls.

When: Late August – Mid-September (Final dates TBD soon)

Limited to eight participants.

Cost: $3600 includes ground transportation in Malawi, room and board and the experience of a lifetime.

Notes: Air costs are extra.

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What’s Coming Up


Storytelling from the Heart: Sharing Your Legacy

May 3, 2014 (10:00 - 3:00)
Concord, CA
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Festival of Writing

June 21, 2014
Berkeley, CA
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Amherst Writers and Artists Conference for AWA Certified Workshop Leaders

October 4 & 5, 2014
South Hadley, MA
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