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I was asked to write the introduction to a book of writings by 50 homeless and recently homeless women writing together at Mary’s Place in Seattle, WA. They use the method described in my book, Writing Alone & With Others, Oxford University Press.

This may be the best statement I have ever drafted of the work we do in Amherst Writers & Artists, and why we do it. The essay is here adapted for Anchor Magazine. Please click the link to read it online.

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9 Responses to This may be the best statement I have ever drafted of the work we do in Amherst Writers & Artists

  • Fabulous!

  • Deborah Long says:

    My sister was one of your original group. She is now homeless at 64. How hard is the struggle to leave poverty. Your group still is a treasured memory.

    • Pat Schneider says:

      Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for responding. I’m sorry to hear about your sister — it hurts so much when a sibling is suffering. I’m glad you still hold your “treasured memory.” Me, too!

  • Thank you Pat. I’m grateful to be a small part of the “revolution valuing the known great writers of the past and the voices that have been excluded from our definitions of literary art.”

    • Pat Schneider says:

      Thank you, Julie, for making this publication possible by giving me the great honor of writing the introduction to your book, Original Voices. I treasure that collection of the writings of homeless and recently homeless women. Happy, happy midsummer!

  • Colleen G says:

    Thanks Pat for this article. To give voice to our experiences frees us! My experience in an AWA group has been transformative.

  • Pat Schneider says:

    Thank you for responding, Colleen. I’m glad you found the article meaningful.

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