About the Facilitator

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

marion peters denard

My name is Marion Peters Denard. I fell in love with the Amherst Writers and Artists method as a participant in a weekly writing group when I was a new mother living in Portland. In 2009 I trained to become an AWA facilitator so I could take the workshops with me. Magic happens when people are free to find their creative voice.

Writers’ Room is a place for people who write and people who want to write. I started writing as a child, wedged between a dresser and a desk with a wide-ruled notebook balanced on my knees. I went on to study literature and creative writing, earning my bachelor’s degree at University of Puget Sound and my master’s degree at Dartmouth College. I taught composition at Vermont Technical College and have used my writing skills in support of my passion for safe families, raising awareness and funds for nonprofits that address child abuse and domestic violence.

My poetry has appeared in the literary journals Adanna, Peregrine, Arc Poetry Magazine, as well as online and in Arches: The Alumni Magazine of the University of Puget Sound. Had I kept them all, my collection of rejection slips could paper the walls of Writers’ Room. As it is, I save only the ones with hand-written notes of encouragement. I keep writing.

I believe everyone has a story to tell. I look forward to hearing yours.

Best wishes for your writing,

Marion