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...and then there were days when I yearned to be part of a writing community. And once I set my intentions on finding one, everything changed.
— J. Adams Lagana


Come write with us!

River Heron

Writers' Workshops

Winter 2019


Wednesday evenings

(with Judith Lagana)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)

January 9, 16, 23, 30

February 6, 13, 20, 27

New Hope:

Monday evenings

St. Philips Church

(with Judith Lagana)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

January 7, 14, (21 is a holiday, no session) 28

February 4, 11, (18 is a holiday, no session), 25

March 4, 11


Monday mornings

Buckingham Friends

(with Robbin Farr)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

January 7, 14, (21 is a holiday, no session), 28

February 4, 11, (18 is a holiday, no session), 25

March 4, 11


Tuesday evenings

Buckingham Friends

(with Robbin Farr)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

January 8, 15, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn more about  Amherst Writers and Artists

Writing Workshops


In connection with River Heron Writer's Workshops, I facilitate online and on site AWA creative writing workshops.

All workshop sessions follow the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) practices and philosophies as described in Pat Schneider's, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press). 

River Heron’s AWA workshops recognize the creative genius and unique voice within every individual writer. Each session includes multiple cross-genre and prompt-based writing opportunities as well as feedback sessions.

Writers will have the opportunity to write, to listen, and to comment during every workshop session. Feedback is given only to the first draft writings created during that session.

Writers may opt to participate in one Manuscript Review option which will provide them the chance to have previously revised work (written outside of the workshop), reviewed and critiqued by the group and by the workshop facilitator. Details regarding the Manuscript Review (up to ten pages of prose or poetry) will be discussed during the first session of the workshop.

On Site Writing Workshops
New Hope and Lahaska, Pennsylvania

My Monday night workshops are are held in New Hope, Pennsylvania at St. Philips Episcopal Church, located on the corner of River Road and Chapel Road, just minutes away from downtown New Hope.

You'll find this New Hope location ideal in terms of being a quiet, private place where focused, reflective writing can take place. Did you know that the building which houses St. Philips was once a one room schoolhouse?

There are other options, as well. Monday morning and Tuesday evening workshops are led by Robbin Farr. These daytime and evening workshops meet at the Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, next to Peddler's Village.

Space in the on site workshops is limited to ten writers.
Should your choice of workshop fill, there will be a waiting list. 

On site parking is available at both locations.

AWA workshops are not affiliated with any religion or religious organization

Online Writing Workshops: Spring 2019

My online AWA workshop allows you to write and participate in an AWA workshop from the comfort of your own home or preferred location. Each session is conducted LIVE, in real time, through Google Hangouts/Meet.

The online workshop is limited to six writers.

Here is a sample schedule for a two hour online workshop:

  • Welcome

  • Warm-up prompt response (2 - 5 minutes)

  • Discussion of model texts and craft

  • Writing to a prompt (10 - 20 minutes)

  • Sharing and feedback session (Writers may opt to share or not)

  • Writing to a prompt (10- 20 minutes)

  • Sharing and feedback; discussion of craft and literary devices

  • Writing to a prompt (20 minutes)

  • Sharing and feedback session

  • Closing

One additional 30 minute overview segment will be added to our first online session to ensure that everyone can use the technology with ease. Our online, real-time workshop series is a great option for you to engage with other writers from the comfort of your own home.

If you are unfamiliar with Google Hangouts/Meet, know that it is akin to Facetime or Skype. Writers are required to have a Google email account and utilize Chrome as a browser. Workshop access information will be made available to you upon registration.

Winter 2019 workshops are underway.
Contact: editors@riverheronreview
Limited spaces are available.

Cost will be pro-rated

Online Writing Workshop

This eight week series meets in the evening from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (EST).  Each session is conducted LIVE, in real time, through Google Hangouts/Meet. Limited to six writers.

On Site Writing Workshops

These eight week series meets in Lahaska or New Hope. Daytime sessions run from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Evening sessions run from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Limited to ten writers per series.



AWA-affiliated workshops in Philadelphia

Should you be in Philadelphia, know that our AWA Affiliates also offer writing workshops.

Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio
Workshops; Manuscript reviews
Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Allison Hicks
72 West Hillcrest Avenue
Havertown, PA 19083

Philadelphia Writers' Workshop
Tuesday Night Workshops; Manuscript reviews
Flourtown, PA
Contact:  Rachel Kobin
(610) 449-3773 | Rachel@phillywriters.com