Application to the Training in Canada

A completed application includes completing the form (available for download below), and a non-refundable $500 deposit for the Initial Workshop Leadership Training.

To download the application form:
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To pay your $500 deposit online for the Canadian training, please use this PayPal button:

Please click the button above to pay the $500.00 deposit toward the AWA Training in Ontario, Canada from August 16-20.
Please note: The registration fee in Canadian dollars is provided for Canadians residing in Canada. We may ask you to provide proof of Canadian citizenship and residency – Citizens of the US should be making arrangments to attend the training through the International Office of Amherst Writers and Artists at this link:

IMPORTANT: If you’re a Canadian citizen looking to pay in Canadian dollars for the Canadian training, please use the paypal link above.

To pay your deposit via Canadian cheque please send to the address below:
Amherst Writers & Artists Canada
13240 Mast Road
Port Perry, ON L9L 1B5

You can send your printed application to the International office at:
Amherst Writers & Artists
PO Box 1076
Amherst, MA 01004

We also welcome you to send your Application to us as an attachment via email to

PLEASE NOTE: Amherst Writers & Artists reserves the right to determine whether each individual is prepared to uphold the principles and practices of the AWA Method. Just as attending University does not guarantee that you will obtain a degree, we do not guarantee Certification as an AWA Workshop Leader.

Sample Training Schedule

AWA Leadership is learned by experiencing elements of the method in a simulated workshop environment, experimental writing sessions, talks by experienced leaders, group discussion, role playing, film, and guest speakers to give participants a full experience of the AWA method as it is actually used.

Upon completion of the training, participants will have a thorough understanding of the AWA method, AWA practices and guidelines, and will be able to convey these effectively to their workshop members.

Day 1
Introduction to AWA Method
Modeled AWA Writing Group
The Importance of Listening
Treating Everything as Fiction

Day 2
Writing Across Difference
Writing Exercises & Discussion
Responding to Writing Practice
Leadership & Practical Aspects
Leadership with Diverse Populations

Day 3
Practice Sessions
Craft Exercises and Discussion
Prompts: Diversity & Resources

Day 4
Practice Sessions
Individual Conferences
Manuscript Review

Day 5
Establishing a Business
Working with Other Agencies
Affiliate Benefits & Responsibilities
Certificates & Closing Ceremony

Training days are full days. The first day begins at 11:00 a.m., and the last day ends no later than 2:00 p.m. Each day consists of three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening. Morning sessions begin at 9:00 a.m.; afternoon sessions at 1:00 p.m. The evening sessions end at 8:30 p.m.

The schedule allows for intermittent breaks, with two longer breaks on the third and fourth day. We recognize that the schedule is full, but to include time for relaxation would mean adding an additional training day.

Our goal is to deliver the training information in a timely manner to keep costs down, and reduce the time trainees must take out of their already full lives.