Pat Schneider and the members of her original workshop developed the fundamental guidelines and principles that are the hallmark of an AWA writing group. These principles establish and maintain the effectiveness of the workshop, the depth and range of the writing produced and transformational power activated within all who participate. These guidelines and principles work to create a setting that supports creative risks and inspire confidence that can come from being heard.
Pam Cantalamessa retired as an educator after 34 years of service. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Special Education. Later she received a Master’s equivalency and certification as a Home and School visitor from Pittsburgh University. The last 10 years of her career were spent as Uniontown Area School Districts’ Attendance Officer, Homeless Liason and Home and School Visitor. Writing has always been her passion and since retiring she has participated in Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops through Carlow University. Her writing will be forthcoming in the next edition of Voices from the Attic. Pam is certified in Writing Group Leadership from Amherst Writers and Artists.
Jean Davis holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Duquesne University, and has taught composition at Waynesburg University and Westmoreland County Community College. Her writing has appeared on the NPR website This I Believe and Voices from the Attic Vol. XXI. Jean is certified in Writing Group Leadership from Amherst Writers and Artists and has participated in several Madwomen in the Attic workshops through Carlow University.