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How the Light Gets In
How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice.

Pat Schneider. Paperback, ISBN 978-0-19-993396-9 303 pp. Oxford University Press. Signed copies available here. “If there is one book on writers or writing you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one. — Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid.



Writing Alone and With Others
Writing Alone and with Others

Pat Schneider. Paperback, ISBN 0-19-516572-1.  416 pp. Published by Oxford University Press. Available in bookstores everywhere.  
Signed copies available from the author. The book is designed for the solitary writer as well as those leading classes or groups. “The wisest teacher of writing I know.” ~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword.





Signed Broadside

Signed by Schneider and Moser.  Poem by Pat Schneider, Illustration by Barry Moser  $150.00 unframed. All proceeds donated to Amherst Writers & Artists outreach to under-served populations. For text of poem click the link below the broadside at the left.

To hear Pat read the poem, click here.

Writing alone DVD Only
Writing Alone DVD ONLY

The DVD features interviews with Pat and with several workshop leaders using the method described in the book. Includes a series of thirteen writing exercises and the film about a workshop Pat led for fifteen years in a factory town, by Florentine/Hott Productions, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget.  Link: View Video of film segments.




Writing Alone book and DVD
Writing Alone and DVD

Diane Garey and Larry Hott, who have received top awards for their documentaries nationally and internationally, created this DVD that includes their film about Pat’s workshop in a factory town.  A valuable aid to persons working with special populations: the incarcerated, youth at risk, low income writers, etc.



Wake Up Laughing
Wake Up Laughing, A Spiritual Autobiography

Pat Schneider, Amherst Writers & Artists Press, Paperback edition, $18.00. ISBN 0-942544-54-4, 197pp. “…this book is terrific… very compelling – skeptical, generous, funny, straight-talking, wry – not a drop of grandstanding or fakery…”  ~ Paul Jenkins, Editor, The Massachusetts Review.




Another River
Another River: New and Selected Poems

Pat Schneider. Paper. ISBN 0941895-30-0. 138 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2005. “She continually gets inside the things that are inside the reader.  She sees things the way they are and her language always rises above the ordinary meanings of words.”  North Dakota Review by Don Junkins, Poet,  former Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Massachusetts.




Olive Street Transfer

Olive Street Transfer

Pat Schneider (Poems) Paper. ISBN 0-941895-17-3, 86 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press.  Beautifully produced by Oxbow Press, Hatfield, Ma. “This collection is particularly exciting because it offers the arc of Schneider’s work from some favorite early poems through new work that reflects the range of her commitment to social justice, her humor, and the exploration of intimate landscapes and relationships.” ~ Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama.




Line Fence
Line Fence

Peter Schneider. Illustrated by Wilbur Pearson. Paper. ISBN 941895-32-7. 84pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2006.  “Peter Schneider’s poems are clear and honest and beautiful.  He has grabbed the big questions of life and death by the bull’s horns and made them fit into the legs of a pheasant hen, a shag bark hickory and the blue veins of a woman’s breasts.  There is so much love here, I feel blessed.” ~ Maureen Jones, Author: Blessed are the Menial Tasks.




The Patience of Ordinary things
The Patience of Ordinary Things

Pat Schneider. Paper. Chapbook. ISBN 0-941895-26-2. 38 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2003. This small volume contains twenty-four of Pat’s most loved poems.





The Long Way Home

Long Way Home


NOTE: Collector’s Copies only remaining.  Paper. ISBN 0-941895-11-4, 96pp. “The poems are finely made . . . a thread of natural praise runs through her collection . . . will appeal to pilgrims whether knowing or unaware.” ~ Small Press Magazine






White River Junction

Pat’s first collection of poems. Collector’s copies only remaining. Paper. ISBN 0892-9041, 34pp. Number One in the Amherst Writers & Artists Press Chapbook Series.