Expressive Writing Salon and Manuscript Workshop with Beth Johnson

Tuesday Mornings, 9:00am-11:30am, October 4-Nov 22, Cost: $200

Advance registration is required. Workshops range in size from 8 to 12 participants.

Why Write?

Although happiness can be elusive, research points to expressive writing as an effective remedy to depression, anxiety, mood disorders and illness. The power of language can affirm our experience. As we play with words and imagination through creative writing we are transformed through the ceremony of creating and sharing story.

In all writing workshops, we use the AWA writing method, developed by Pat Schneider. It affirms that:

1/ Everyone has a strong, unique voice
2/ Everyone is born with creative genius
3/ Writing as an art form belongs to all people
4/ The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s self-esteem
5/ A writer is someone who writes

Prompts Get Us Started
In a typical, 2-hour writing workshop, we write together twice for 20 minutes based on an exercise or prompt provided by the facilitator.

Everyone Writes 
The prompts help free us up, stir memories, and invite us to create characters, settings, dialogue, and description. Then if you’d like, you can read your writing out loud. Reading is optional. You never have to read.

Compassionate Listening  
We learn to listen attentively and offer only positive feedback. This is new, first-draft writing that we haven’t even read ourselves so when we respond to someone else's work, we offer only praise, telling the writer what was strong, what we liked, what stayed with us.  This builds trust and self confidence, and allows us to write about difficult experiences.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or are putting pen to paper for the very first time, please join us. For more information about the AWA method, visit

For more info, email or call 916/212-0062

About the writing workshops:




Opening to Grief

When grief calls for your attention, how do you answer? In this workshop you will be guided safely through a process that actively engages grief using yoga, meditation, expressive writing, and Soul Collage. 

• Gentle yoga relaxes the grieving body. 
• Meditation enables you to be with your experience. 
• Writing gives voice to what you need to release. 
• Soul Collage uses imagination and intuition to uncover what may be hidden away in the unconscious part of yourself. 

Together, they can help you meet the sadness, loss and change that are an unavoidable part of life.

Beth Johnson facilitates this process. Beth is an experienced meditator, student and Dharma teacher. She is also a certified Dharma Hatha Yoga instructor, an Amherst Writer's & Artist's (AWA) affiliate and a certified Soul Collage facilitator. Her own recent losses and grief work have inspired her to share this process with others.


Living a Meditative Life

Teacher: Beth Johnson, River Song

This ongoing class/group supports people who want to cultivate a meditation practice as a means to living a life filled with more awareness and compassion. It offers ongoing instruction in the development of concentration using mindfulness meditation which is the practice of paying attention on purpose in the present moment without judgement. Mindfulness is a medically proven technique for stress reduction and the basis for the Buddhist spiritual path.

This group helps the brand new meditator develop good habits, helps the lapsed meditator get back into daily practice and offers ongoing support and inspiration for the experienced meditator.

Questions: Email or call 916/212-0062



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