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Our Model

VoiceFlame adheres to the philosophy and principles of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method (AWA) which is fully described in founder Pat Schneider's book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003).

The 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.

The AWA Method is based on the following philosophy. These affirmations rest on the definition of personhood based in equality, and a definition of writing as an art form available to all persons.

 

  1. 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 writer's original voice or artistic self-   esteem.

  5. A writer is someone who writes.

 
Essential Practices

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

 

  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.