do the workshops function?
It's simple. You enroll in the
workshop of your choice and pay your registration fee. About 24 hours before the
start of the workshops, you'll receive an email message telling you that
you have been subscribed to a special group email list. On that list will
be up to 9 other workshoppers (sometimes less, occasionally more) and your
facilitator. Only those enrolled in the course will be able to send to and
receive messages from this list. You will receive instructions upon
enrolling telling you how to send messages, how to email your assignments,
and who to contact when you have questions. The workshop will be conducted
through the mailing list, and you'll receive all your workshop materials
right in your email box.
classes meet at certain times?
Nope. Basically, you're enrolling in an email correspondence course
conducted by private mailing list. You'll be able to read the lessons,
assignments and feedback from your facilitator, as well as completed
assignments and comments from your fellow students, right in your email
inbox. You can attend class in your pajamas, if you like--or buck naked,
if the spirit so moves you. We don't care, as long as you have fun.
do I need to take the workshop?
The ability to send and receive
email, any books or materials required for the workshop (see the workshop
syllabus for each specific course for required materials), and your
enthusiasm for writing. A messy desk and/or bag of chips for
snacking are entirely optional.
I need a password or access to a special website?
Classes are taught entirely through email, although your instructor may
host optional chats. You don't need any special password to
take our courses, but should your instructor decide to host a chat, she or
he will provide all the information you need to participate at that time.
Can I get college credits for these
Probably not. Our workshops are
educational in nature, but not academic. We call them
"workshops" because they're similar to the intensive seminars
taught at writer's conferences, but instead of cramming a whole bunch of
learning into one day, we plan our lessons over a four-week period.
can I expect from the workshop? What do I get out of this?
Each week you'll receive two
lessons (or more) from your facilitator--educational materials about
specific writing techniques and concepts. You'll also receive one or more
assignments, which you will complete and email back to the list. Your
facilitator will then provide feedback on your completed assignment,
offering suggestions and pointing out your writing strengths, as well as
where you could improve. We also encourage students to comment on the work
of fellow students. It's a very interactive, supportive and educational
are your instructors? Are they certified?
We call our instructors facilitators, because they help bring about a learning
environment for our workshop attendees. Our facilitators aren't certified in any special way, but they do have to pass through
a rigorous approval process before they are accepted to lead a workshop.
Some of our instructors are trained educators. All of them have a great
deal of experience as professional writers (yes, they're published), and
some have advanced degrees.
many workshops can I sign up for? What do they cost?
Most workshops cost $89. At that
great price you can sign up for as many as you like. Just make sure you
don't sign up for more than you can handle at one time, or you'll miss out
on the benefits of each individual workshop. Starting dates will change
throughout the year, so you'll always have another opportunity. Only you
know how much reading and "homework" you can manage. Remember to
do you charge for these workshops?
Many of our facilitators make a
living entirely through their writing. When you enroll in a workshop, you
are paying for the expertise and guidance of a knowledgeable, working
writer. It takes a great deal of time and commitment on the part of each
instructor to guide each student to success through carefully planned
lessons and one-on-one feedback. Essentially, we charge for our workshops
so that we can bring you the best possible facilitators--people dedicated
to helping you succeed.
let's see your testimonials!
No problem. We're happy to bare our
testimonials--we have many satisfied students! You'll find some
facilitator-specific comments posted on various course syllabuses, but to
read a whole bunch of kudos, just visit our Workshop
if I'm not satisfied? Do you give refunds?
We try to provide a good overview
of our workshops so those who enroll will know what to expect in the way
of content. However, if you require a refund, you must contact your
facilitator with your request within the first 5 days of workshop
attendance. (Please see our Terms of Service.)
awesome! Where do I sign up?
Go to our
current schedule to start exploring our offerings. When you find one
that appeals to you, click the PayPal button to register using your credit
card, or electronic checking account debit. You'll receive confirmation of
your enrollment within 24 hours. You'll also find a link on each page
telling you how to pay by check through the mail, but do remember that
this option takes longer--allow at least 2 weeks prior to any course
starting date for your payment to clear. Students from countries outside
the USA should allow even more time. See our information page for further
details on how to pay by check.