Pat’s New Book

from Oxford University Press how the light Find out more or buy the book!

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About the new book:

I have just finished reading Pat Schneider’s latest book, ‘How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice’, on my e-reader and I immediately want to get a hard copy. Why? Because all the way through I wanted to underline, highlight, write ‘Yes!’ in the margins – I want to make that book my own in every way. — Margaret A. O’Brien,,

On Writers’ Almanac

Listen to Pat’s Poems and one by Peter on Writer’s Almanac

Pat’s poems have been read sixteen times by Garrison Keillor
on Writers Almanac.

Click on the dates
to hear Keillor read each:

Sound of the Night Train

Sep. 26, 2009

I Was Mean to You Today

Jan. 4, 2010

How the Stars Came Down

Sep. 20, 2010

Listen to more poems

Signed Broadside


Pat's poem, Barry Moser's illustration. Proceeds to AWA outreach. For the text of the poem, click here. Or go straight to the bookstore.


Click on the pictures above for a poem.

Pat Schneider photo credit Bethany Schneider 160



Welcome to the Pat Schneider website. Here you will find information about Pat, her interests and passions, her books and plays, libretti and poetry as well as upcoming workshops and retreats and information about the organization she founded and directed for thirty years, Amherst Writers & Artists.


“Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful, brilliant, and revolutionary. She is the real animal.”
~ Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist’s Way

“The wisest teacher of writing I know.”
~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword to Writing Alone and With Others