about johanna thompson, workshop leader

Everyone is, indeed, a writer. I just happened to make a living at it. Starting out as a copywriter at a New York City advertising agency more than 30 years ago, I eventually reached the role of Executive Creative Director. I've mentored and worked alongside teams of writers and art directors as we created print campaigns, websites, Facebook apps, radio and TV spots, and more. These days, I telecommute from Sedona, Arizona.

Directly after graduation, I headed to New York City with a BA in Journalism and dabbled for a few years in publishing before transitioning full time to advertising. I've been a proofreader, associate editor, freelance tech reporter, copywriter, creative director, and executive creative director. All wonderful and logical career moves.


That said,  writing my own stories has been the most fulfilling act of all, which I started doing at an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop nearly 10 years ago. This method unlocked the literary writer in me and I fell in love with the entire process. As an Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate, I'm certified to lead workshops in the AWA method, as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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"I trained to become a certified AWA workshop leader so that I could form a creative, and nurturing writing environment for people in the community. We are all of us writers. Let's make your words flow effortlessly onto the page."        
 — Johanna Thompson
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