provides everyone with the desire to write, whether you are experienced or a beginner, a safe, respectful environment where writing can develop as your art.

A writer is someone who writes.  -- William Stafford


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., workshop leader, poet, and writing consultant, lives in New Paltz, New York. She has over twenty years experience leading writing workshops for experienced and novice writers using the Amehrst Writers and Artists method.

Kate edited the wVw Anthology 2011, a collection of memoir, short fiction and poetry, written by fifteen Hudson Valley writers.

She is a Cave Canem fellow, with a poem published in Gathering Ground: Cave Canem 10 Year Anniversary Anthology, University of Michigan Press, 2006. Cave Canem is the national foundation for the development and support of established and emerging African-American poets. Her recent publications are poems in the anthologies: Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, 2007, and Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, 2013.

Kate is certified to lead workshops using the Amherst Writers and Artists method developed by Pat Schneider,

She has co-led trainings along side Pat and other AWA trainers to instruct others how to lead workshops using the AWA method. The AWA method is described in Pat Schneider’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, for more information . Kate curretnty serves a member of the AWA Board.

Kate has a Master of Arts degree in American Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. She has taught writing and composition at Hudson Valley area colleges and community colleges.

A wVw Writer is someone who has registered and participated in a weekly workshop series.  wVw writers receive the following benefits and services:

Early notice and opportunity to register for upcoming workshop series

Discounted registration to Write Saturdays

One free consultation with Kate Hymes, and a discounted fee for subsequent consultations

Full access to wVw web site, including your own writers blog

Opportunity to submit work for wVw publications

Go to Join a Workshop to get started becoming a member of the wVw writers community.



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  1. Everyone is someone who can write.
  2. Everyone is born with creative genius.
  3. Everyone can use words to make art.
  4. Everyone has a strong, unique voice.
  5. Everyone  has a compelling story – real or imagined – that deserves to be told.
  6. Everyone can use writing to understand themselves and others, and make sense of the world.
  7. Everyone has strengths as an individual and as a writer that deserve encouragement, empathy and compassion.
  8. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic or educational level.
  9. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to the writer's original voice or artistic self-esteem.
  10. Writing and sharing what we write encourages a sense of community that promotes openness, respect and creativity.

--Pat Schneider, Founder and Director Emeritus, Amherst Writers and Artists

  1. Everyone writes during the workshop. 
  2. We write in response to prompts provided by the workshop leader. If a prompt does not inspire or evoke writing, then write what feels right for you in the moment.
  3. You are invited to read your new work. You may choose not to read.
  4. We honor new writing by listening carefully and quietly.
  5. All writing is treated as fiction.
  6. We respond to writing by referring to the narrator, the speaker, the character, or the writer’s craft. We respond by saying what we liked, what stayed with us, what moved us. No suggestion, correction or question is directed toward the writer in response to first-draft, just written work.
  7. We focus on the content of the writing that is read. We avoid telling our own stories or speaking from our own experience.
  8. We pledge to respect the safety and sacredness of this writing space by keeping what is written and said in workshop private and confidential.

adapted from Amherst Writers and Artists