is a safe, supportive, non-competitive environment that welcomes writers
from diverse ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. Workshops are
conducted in English, and typically include a mixture of native and non-native
While Amsterdam Writers stages varied sessions throughout a year, its
core programme is the cyclically repeating Writers' Stretch and Tone.
Matthew Curlewis has developed this workshop
over a number of years, drawing on his diverse professional experience
in creative industries including theatrical performance, digital design,
screenwriting, journalism and literature.
After attending Manhattan Writers in New York as a participant for two
years, Matthew became a certified Workshop Leader in the Amherst Writers
and Artists Method, where he trained with AWA founder Pat Schneider.
Between 2005 and 2008 as a teacher with wordsinhere, Matthew led a number
of consistently sold-out creative writing, and screenwriting workshops
at Amsterdam's English Bookshop, before founding Amsterdam Writers in
WRITERS draws from principles of the writing process movement first
articulated by Peter Elbow and then codified into a certificate training
programme by Pat Schneider at Amherst
Writers and Artists in Amherst, Massachussets, USA. Pat has been leading
writing workshops for 25 years, and her AWA method is now used by workshop
leaders all over the United States, as well as in other parts of the world.
Her book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford
University Press), has been referred to by Oprah Winfrey as THE book
for both aspiring and established writers to use for inspiration and support.