Cast Off!

“Write Around The World! A Pay-What-You-Wish Fundraiser to Inspire New Writing”, Jalopy Theater, Sunday, May 12th, 11 AM – 1 PM

Treat yourself and your mom to a fun, prompted free-writing workshop! Come on out and support a great organization, Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA), while creating new writing and getting positive verbal feedback for what is working well in whatever you choose to share. Bring your pen, your paper, your laptop. No donation is too small, and all donations are tax deductible.

Rough ’n’ Ready! Works-in-Progress Workshops, Jalopy Theater, Sundays, June/July 2019

Come workshop drafts of your short stories, essays, novel, biography, etc. on Sundays at the Jalopy Theater in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, and even create some new writing with one or more prompts in every session.

Writing tutoring, editing help, and private consultations can also be arranged as well.



“A writer is someone who writes.”  ~ William Stafford

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.’s mother, by many sources, though often attributed to Mark Twain. I’m putting my money on the unnamed mother.


When I write in workshop sessions with Leslie, I’m riveted to my seat. She has things to say in her writing that are all her. Sign-up for a workshop and give her approach a try. She is passionate and committed to the idea that everyone is an artist with something unique to express. The AWA method she uses to facilitate writing sessions is supportive, stimulating, and free of judgement. I emerge from doing a “write” having heard myself more clearly and connecting with others in the group in ways I had not imagined. I can recommend Leslie’s workshops without reservation.”


Diane – Newburyport, MA

“The workshop I took with Leslie was a delight! Leslie is a creative genius–she took an ordinary object and turned it into a prompt that got me writing a scene for a short story. Leslie kept the group focused and encouraged all of us to share our writing–scary for some, but made easier by her warm smile and supportive personality. Whether you are a beginning writer or an experienced one, a Cast Off! Workshop will steer you in the right direction.”

Laurie – Grand Rapids, Michigan