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.

Notes re: online training: Covid has necessitated online training. In many ways, these are more convenient taking out the travel component and allowing you to work in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand, all of the above notes apply. The days are full and spending time staring at a screen may be an issue. Maureen and Katie have come up with a program that works well in both worlds. Expect intensity but the program will be worth it.