A writer is someone who writes.

Every person is born with a unique, important voice.

Every person is born with the capacity to be creative and artistic.

Writing can and should be taught without causing damage to a person’s confidence and voice.

The privacy of every writer should be maintained in every writing group or workshop.

First drafts are not meant for criticism. They are for exploration and for experimentation.

Feedback and criticism should only be given when a writer requests it. It should integrate encouragement and affirmation with critique and questions.

 

*Many of these statements are adapted from Pat Schneider’s Amherst Writers Workshop method.