Green Windows Workshops

All Green Windows Workshops use the
Amherst Writers and Artists method
and are facilitated by Peggy Simmons

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Green Windows provides a safe, creative environment where writers of all experiences, ages, and backgrounds can write freely and deeply.

In addition to writing workshops for the general public, we offer opportunities for the development of creativity and self-expression to people in the community who are least likely to join a writing workshop or have support for personal artistic expression. Further, we use creative writing workshops to bring together people who might never otherwise cross paths. While we work with all ages, we know that there is something especially important to learn through writing with young adults. 

What do Green Windows writers say about writing together?

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Current Workshops

These monthly creative writing workshops are for writers of all levels, experiences and genres. It is perfect for the just-beginning writer as well as practiced writers who need a new spark, want to take new risks, or seek community. Young adults 16 years old and older are especially encouraged to come.

7 - 10 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month:
  • May 28, 2017
  • June 25, 2017
  • July 23, 2017
  • etc.
Omni Commons
Disco Room (!)
4799 Shattuck Ave

The Omni is a grassroots, 100%-volunteer run community space. We are excited about working with a collective again. (We had this workshop at the Rock Paper Scissors Collective more than 70 times!)The Disco Room is really fun, too!

$1 - $25, sliding scale.  Additional donations welcome.

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Be a part of a supportive community where writers help each other develop their unique, authentic voices, progress on their projects, and take new risks. This group is wonderful for writers of every level: those just beginning as well as seasoned writers who need a new spark. Writing in any genre will flourish.

Weekly workshops

July13 - August 10, 2017 (five weeks)
Please email us to sign up.

In Oakland near public transporation.

All dates, fees and times are subject to change.

Then five to ten-week sessions throughout the year.

(we will not do a Spring 2017 series)

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$250 is the base fee, for five weeks, but not everyone will pay the base fee. Discounts will be given to provide a diverse group of writers.

Discounts are possible to those who have participated in a monthly Green Windows workshop.
Write to Green Windows about what you can pay, even if it's not much at all.  We have had some generous donations, so don't let money stop you!  We want a diverse group of writers, not just those who can pay.

But pay as much as you can. If we do not meet a minimum total through fees and donations, we will cancel the workshop. At least a few people must pay the full amount to avoid cancellation.

You will be expected to pay for and attend all seven weeks, however much you are paying.

Can't attend but can help by giving a tax-deductible donation? Here's how. Please specify that it's for the weekly workshops.

Email us to sign up or ask questions.

Please let us know if you are interested in one-day writing retreats or know community organizations who might be interested in our workshops.

Past workshops

Testimonials and photos

Writing from Green Windows workshops

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