Pat Schneider

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

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 & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Another River: New and Selected Poems (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2005)
The Patience of Ordinary Things (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2003)
Writing Alone & With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Olive Street Transfer (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1999)
Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography (Negative Capability Press, 1997)
Long Way Home (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1993)
The Writer as an Artist: A New Approach to Writing Alone and With Others (Lowell House, 1993)
In Our Own Voices (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1989)
White River Junction (Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1987)


Family Reunion (Chicory Blue Press, Inc., 2003)
Crossing Paths (Mad River Press, 2002)
Rocking the Ages (Chrysalis Books, 2000)
Grow Old Along With Me The Best is Yet to Be (Papier-Mache Press, 1996)
Alphabestiary (Boyds Mills Press, 1995)
If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies (Papier-Mache Press, 1992)
Women of the 14th Moon: Writings on Menopause (Crossing Press, 1991)
Word of Mouth (Crossing Press, 1990)
Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal
Minnesota Review
New York Quarterly
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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

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St. Louis, MO
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Last update: Feb 26, 2013