floreser-756194-unsplash (1).jpg
...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’
Creative Writing Workshops

All River Heron creative writing workshops follow Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) practices and methods and are facilitated by AWA Affiliates.

Fall 2019


(Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice with Judith Lagana
Online, live, through Google Meet
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E.S.T.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (One session)

Cost: $25.00


(Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice with Judith Lagana
Online, live, through Google Meet
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E.S.T.
Saturday, November 19, 2019 (One session)

Cost: $25.00

AWA Creative Writing Workshop
Wednesday Evenings with Judith Lagana
Online, live, through Google Meet
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST

Four Sessions:
October 16, 23, 30
November 6

Cost: $120.00


AWA Creative Writing Workshop
Monday evenings with Judith Lagana

St. Philips Episcopal Church, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Eight Sessions
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25

Cost: $240.00
This workshop is not affiliated with any religious organization.


AWA Creative Writing Workshop
Monday Daytime with Robbin Farr

Buckingham Friends Meeting House, Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Eight Sessions
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

September 23
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18

Cost: $240.00
This workshop is not affiliated with any religious organization.

Learn more about  Amherst Writers and Artists

River Heron Writing Workshops


In connection with River Heron Writer's Workshops, and as an Affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA), I facilitate online and on site creative writing workshops.

River Heron’s creative writing 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.

Here is a sampling of what you might experience in a River Heron creative writing 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

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

Writers will have the opportunity to write, to listen, and to offer and receive feedback during every workshop session. Feedback is only given to first draft writing created during each session.

Writers may also opt to participate in a manuscript review option which will provide them with the chance to have previously revised work (written outside of the workshop), reviewed and critiqued by the group and by the workshop facilitator.

In addition to the person-to-person feedback, I always offer written commentary on every manuscript review. This is all included as part of any RHR creative writing workshop series.

Details regarding the manuscript review (up to ten pages of prose or poetry) are discussed during the first session of each workshop.

Check out River Heron’s writing workshop schedule in the sidebar for more details.

About RHR’s On Site Writing Workshops
New Hope and Lahaska, Pennsylvania

My Monday night workshops are are held in New Hope, Pennsylvania throughout the Fall and Spring 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 writing workshops are led by Robbin Farr at the Buckingham Friends Meeting House in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, near Peddler's Village.

All of River Heron writing workshops are designed for small groups. Should your choice of workshop fill, there will be a waiting list. 

On site parking is available at both locations.

River Heron’s AWA creative writing workshops are not affiliated with any religion or religious organization.

About RHR’s Online Writing Workshops

I also facilitate River Heron’s online creative writing workshops. These options allow a writer to write from the comfort of their own home or preferred location. Each session is conducted LIVE, in real time, through Google Meet.

There are two online options available for Fall 2019. These include a one session introductory workshop as well as a four session weekly writing workshop. Link for details

New! ~ One session option
(Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice
This introductory level, one-session online workshop is geared toward any writer interested in learning more about the River Heron AWA creative writing workshop process and in re-engaging with their writer’s voice.

New! ~ Four session option
RIver Heron Creative Writing Workshop
This four session online writing workshop

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 ideally have a Google email account and utilize Chrome as a browser. Workshop access information and links will be made available to you upon registration.

Register for Fall 2019



Online Writing Workshops

River Heron Writers’ Workshops offers two options for writers seeking an online workshop experience. Opt for either our one night introductory, workshop session, (Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice, or participate in a four week workshop series. Each session is conducted LIVE, in real time, through Google Hangouts/Meet.

On Site Writing Workshops

River Heron Writers’ Workshops offers eight week workshops for local writers who seek an onsite workshop experience. These daytime and evening workshops meet in Lahaska or New Hope, Pennsylvania and run over the course of eight consecutive weeks.


AWA-affiliated workshops in Philadelphia

Should you live or be visiting Philadelphia, know that our AWA Affiliates also offer creative 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