Jan’s Work with AWA

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*Taken from Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider, founder of Amherst Writers and Artists

Jan leads weekly writing workshops at a midtown Sacramento loft, typically on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Since the shelter-in-place order began in mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is leading online writing groups by invitation. For information about those groups, contact Jan at janishaag@gmail.com.

There are other AWA writing groups/workshops around the Sacramento area, too, though many have temporarily suspended face-to-face meetings and are writing virtually for an indefinite time.

Jan was introduced to the Amherst Writers & Artists method in 2004 when she began participating in Sutterwriters, part of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Program (LAMP) created by Dr. Lawrence Spann for Sutter Health in Sacramento. With Dr. Spann, she co-edited an anthology of Sutterwriters’ work, Blood on the Page, in 2006.

She has worked with Pat Schneider, the creator of the AWA, in workshop settings and as the editor of AWA Press, which publishes books and oversees publication of an annual literary journal, Peregrine. Jan is the author of a book of poetry, “Companion Spirit.”

Jan also designed the curriculum for a creative writing class at Sacramento City College using the AWA method called “Writing as a Healing Art.” She teaches the class annually in the spring in Davis, sharing the AWA method with hundreds of students, some of whom still write with her in her private writing groups.

For more information about AWA training and workshops, visit amherstwriters.org.