Become an AWA Affiliate

This membership is open to all AWA-certified facilitators.

If you’ve been trained as an AWA workshop leader, you are AWA-certified for life, and we would love to welcome you back into the fold anytime! If you’re feeling rusty, becoming an AWA Affiliate can help. We offer peer mentorship, members-only tools and resources, discounts on continuing education, and chances to practice your skills in a supportive environment. If you’re a very experienced leader, the membership will support what you’re already doing and help you grow your practice.

AWA Affiliate status offers all the benefits of the Writer level membership plus much more designed for workshop leaders.

Here’s what’s included in your AWA Affiliate membership:

Everything in the Writer membership

  • Eight free online writing sessions per year
  • Opportunity to submit to AWA’s semi-annual online reading series
  • Potential to be published in AWA’s annual members-only anthology
  • Knowledge that your dues are supporting AWA’s non-profit mission: support the voices of established and emerging writers, to free silenced and marginalized voices, and to promote respect for the artist in all writers through the use of the AWA method, developed by Pat Schneider and described in her book, Writing Alone and With Others. We couldn’t do this work without you!


  • Your own customizable workshop listing in our Affiliate Directory
  • A resource library of AWA-specific tools to enhance your workshop leadership and promote your work
  • The ability to post your workshops, readings, and other writing-related events to the AWA Events Calendar
  • Discounted rates on AWA-sponsored events like our Professional Development and Writing Retreat
  • Your news shared regularly in the AWA monthly newsletter (currently reaches over 2,000 readers) and on our social media feeds
  • Use of the AWA Affiliate logo (the certified leader logo enhanced with a yellow ring to showcase your commitment to AWA) in your advertising
  • One of four complimentary Online Post-Certificate Training Sessions offered each year plus discounts on additional post-certificate trainings
  • Access to our Launchpad program: mentoring groups facilitated by an experienced AWA leaders
  • Eligible to lead in AWA’s online writing sessions, for which leaders receive an honorarium as well as high-profile advertising

Ready to sign up?

Fill out your info and make your first payment here:


We also accept yearly payment via check made out to Amherst Writers & Artists and mailed to PO Box 1076, Amherst MA 01004. If you pay via check, please include your name and email address with your payment. We’ll use the email address to set up your AWA Affiliate account on our website so you can log in and access all your great benefits.