Pat Schneider

77 McClellan Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Author's Bio

I am a poet, playwright, librettist and non-fiction writer. I am best known for my method of leading creative writing workshops, described in Writing Alone & With Others, and for How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice, both from Oxford University Press. I am founder/director emerita of Amherst Writers & Artists,, which offers trainings in my workshop method, and coordinates chapters of workshop leaders worldwide. I speak and also lead workshops and retreats. I'm a grandmother, and I am usually owned by at least one obnoxious cat.

Publications and Prizes

Another River: New and Selected Poems
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2005)
, How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice
(Oxford University Press, 2013)
, In Our Own Voices
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1989)
, Long Way Home
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1993)
, Olive Street Transfer
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1999)
, The Patience of Ordinary Things
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2003)
, The Writer as an Artist: A New Approach to Writing Alone and With Others
(Lowell House, 1993)
, Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography
(Negative Capability Press, 1997)
, White River Junction
(Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1987)
, Writing Alone & With Others
(Oxford University Press, 2003)
(Boyds Mills Press, 1995)
, Crossing Paths
(Mad River Press, 2002)
, Family Reunion
(Chicory Blue Press, 2003)
, Grow Old Along With Me The Best is Yet to Be
(Papier-Mache Press, 1996)
, If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies
(Papier-Mache Press, 1992)
, Rocking the Ages
(Chrysalis Books, 2000)
, Women of the 14th Moon: Writings on Menopause
(Crossing Press, 1991)
, Word of Mouth
(Crossing Press, 1990)
Chrysalis, Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal, Minnesota Review, Ms. Magazine, The New York Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, Sewanee Review, The Sun, Thema
Prizes Won: 
Grants from the National Endowment and Massachusetts Cultural Council for our work with under-served populations. I have not sought prizes, but I have given birth to four of them, all writers, named Rebecca, Laurel, Paul and Bethany Schneider.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Beautiful Invisible by Giovanni Vignale
The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
Emily Dickinson's Fascicles by Dorothy Huff Oberhaus

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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St. Louis, MO
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Last updated: Feb 26, 2013