Learn how to inspire and professionally guide all people who want to write.
Andy Couturier, MA, has been leading writing groups professionally for 20 years. His approach is explicitly non-hierarchical, open-ended and generous to the emerging confidence of people who want to write. He incorporates insights from Buddhist meditation, improvisational theater, consciousness research, linguistics and holistic healing into this 100-hour certificate course. Find out more about Andy’s background here.
Who is this course appropriate for?
Teachers, people who want to be teachers, or anyone who would like to simply guide a group of other writers
Writers, journalists and editors who want to explore teaching
Therapists, counselors, and social workers
People working with kids or seniors
Creative writing program students and graduates
Trainers in non-profits or companies
Retirees wanting to organize writing groups
Anyone using writing in their practice
Our Philosophical Orientation
Instead of teaching cookie-cutter, formulaic techniques (such as “character development”, “correct plot structure” etc.) we should help writers access the richness of their own consciousness and build powerful writing naturally.
By understanding how to create a nourishing environment and give precise and useful feedback, we avoid hijacking another person’s writing or killing their enthusiasm. By helping other writers remove their blocks and understand their own mind, we let the natural evolution of a writing practice emerge. The writing, too, gets better of its own accord.
One Weekend a month for 6 months, from 10 AM-6PM, starting Saturday Jan 28, 2017.
What will you learn?
Ways to teach all aspects of writing teaching: improvisation, structure, organization and revision.
Dozens of useable, effective writing exercises, and how to create your own.
How to foster a positive and enthusiastic culture in your group.
A strong theory base from which to ground your teaching.
Psychological tools to help your students get around barriers to creativity and completion.
Building your teaching as a business: pricing, publicity, website and registration.
How to speak simply and inspiringly to potential students so that people want to sign up.
How to create a barrier-free environment for all kinds of students.
Get tools to confidently guide writing courses, deepen your own writing practice, and the skills to build a business as a teacher, if you wish.
The first five graduates of our training, from 2012. All of them have gone on to lead their own writing classes.
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Month-by-month outline of the curriculum (for those who like all the details):
“Andy, what can I say but thank you for getting me going on teaching a writing class. I just finished teaching a group–an unforgettable experience. Very uplifting. Your methodology certainly works and on many levels. I am in awe of how prepared I suddenly felt, after I jumped into doing it….. that’s all a reflection on your teaching skill. Sooooo much to thank you for …those words are not enough.” – Cris Field Todd, Graduate of 2012 Teacher Training.
One Weekend a Month for 6 Months
10am – 6pm, starting Jan 28
Course Fee: $1,800total. 50% deposit is required by Jan 19th.
DEPOSIT PAYMENT OF $900
FULL PAYMENT OF $1,800
Pre-registration and a conversation with the instructor is required for this course.
Payment Plan: This option is open to all participants. First, make your non-refundable 50% deposit, using the payment button above or the postal mail option below. And then send three post-dated checks for payments of $300 each to our postal address. Please date these checks due March 31, May 31, and Jul 31. These must all be received on the first day of the course.
“I’ve been thinking about the course with a lot of gratitude because I keep bringing things into my writing classes that you taught us. I get to see students grow so much and it really seems to be fostering more joy in writing. It’s so important to create an environment where students feel welcome. As if once that is done, the rest unfolds naturally.” – Kimberly Jean Smith, Graduate of course, and Community College Writing Teacher.
Bill Putnam signs his first book of poetry for his classmate David Anthony. Leading writing groups will provide you with many, many experiences of deep satisfaction like this.
DATES: Starts Jan 28-29. Continues 2/25-26; 3/25-26; 4/22-23; 5/20-21; 6/24-25.
SCHEDULE: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM-6 PM.
LOCATION: Santa Cruz and Berkeley, Alternating Months
If you wish to register for this course by postal mail, please send the deposit of $900 or full payment of $1800 to: The Opening/ Andy Couturier
273 Cypress Park
Santa Cruz, CA 95060