Our workshop leaders hold writing workshops in cities and towns in the greater Sacramento area. These workshops take place in living rooms, prisons, hospitals, church basements, homeless shelters, schools, universities and retreat centers. Our workshops and training programs welcome people of all ethnicities, gender identification, class, religions and educational experiences.

Along with workshops, Amherst Writers & Artists Press produces books of poetry and prose as well as Peregrine, a yearly journal of poetry and fiction.

We encourage you to browse this website to find a writing workshop near you. To learn about the AWA training program, or order an issue of our journal please visit http://www.amherstwriters.com/

Contact us at: info@awasacramento.com or 916-708-9708

Welcome to AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) Sacramento,

formerly Sutterwriters.

Welcome to Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA), Sacramento, a chapter of the non-profit, Amherst Artists and Writers (AWA), an international arts organization dedicated to the principle that everyone can use words to create art. AWA was founded over thirty years ago by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press. AWAS, formerly Sutterwriters. Sutterwriters, which was an expressive writing program intended to help people use writing as a means to heal, was created by Lawrence Spann, Ph.D. and launched at the Sutter Medical Center Library in 2002.

Our members are committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes and that every writer has a unique voice. The teaching of craft is taken seriously and all AWA workshops are based on the principle that the teaching of craft can be practiced without damage to the creative spirit.



"A writer is someone who writes.”~William Stafford