How do I enroll in a course?
You can find all of our upcoming seminars and classes listed via the navigation menu. You can enroll in a course directly from the individual class webpage. After your payment has been received, you will receive a welcome email. All detailed course information—including the syllabus and course schedule—will be emailed to you at least one week prior to the start of your class. If a class is listed as sold out, use the Contact Page to put your name on the waitlist.
How do you define a returning student?
A returning student is defined as someone who has taken at least one seminar or workshop at Writing Workshops.
I have never taken a writing class before. Can I still take a class at Writing Workshops?
Absolutely! You don’t need to have any prior workshop experience to take one of our classes! We offer courses at a variety of levels, for beginners as well as writers with plentiful workshop experience.
Where are classes held?
Meeting locations are listed below the course description on each individual course page along with a link to the meeting location and address.
I see you offer classes for adults. Do you have any classes for younger writers?
We currently only offer Summer Youth Writing Classes in Dallas for young writers (grades 4 - 7) as well as teen writers (grades 8 - 12). We are working hard to expand our teen camps to all of our locations. During our intensive one-week summer courses designed exclusively for teens and young writers, we focus on creating artful writing so that each student can leave the course with a greater understanding of how stories are made, from imagination, to writing, to revision.
How many students are in a class?
Most of our workshops are capped at 9 writers for multi-week classes. Our one-time seminars on the craft or business of writing will often have more students. We do keep our classes intentionally small to ensure each writer and his/her work receive the attention they deserve.
During the session, how many times will I have a chance to submit for critique?
In most of our multi-week workshops, each participant has the opportunity to have their work critiqued twice in class, though individual class guidelines/requirements can be found on individual course pages.
What does my workshop tuition pay for?
The opportunity to have work critiqued twice in class and thorough typed feedback from the instructor and all your classmates. A private conference with the instructor to discuss your workshop feedback, your goals for your writing, or other writing-related topics such as applying to MFA programs, creating a reading list to develop your understanding of craft, and more. Your tuition also allows each class to have dedicated meeting space each week.
How often are new classes offered? How can I know when new classes are offered?
We have five 8-week terms throughout the year beginning in January. This means a new term starts every two or two and a half months, so if you miss one session a new one will start relatively soon. To know about new classes as soon as they’re announced, sign up for our newsletter.
If a spot is still available, can I enter a class after it’s begun?
Some of our instructors will allow a student to enroll in a course no later than week two of the course. If a course has already started use the Contact Page to get in touch. We also offer Individual Consultations with our faculty if you don't want to wait until the next term starts.
Do you offer online classes?
Yes we do, check out our upcoming ONLINE CLASSES schedule in the navigation menu.
What are your online classes like?
We’ve replicated the in-person workshop experience by partnering with Wet Ink, the only online platform designed exclusively for writing workshops. Led by world-class writers, we keep our class sizes intentionally small so that each writer can get the time and attention their work deserves. Our classes meet in a dedicated online classroom where you can interact with your classmates and instructor. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post stories and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. No matter where you live in the world, there is a seat for you in one of our online classes!
What are your payment plan options?
New students must pay for all courses in full prior to the start of the course. If you are a returning student, please get in touch using the Contact Page to discuss a payment plan. If you are not a returning student, we can sometimes hold a place for you in the class until it fills so you have some extra time to pay.
Do you offer editorial services?
Yes! Please refer to our Individual Consultations page.
If I’m applying for an MFA Program, can you help me prepare my application materials?
We would love to help as you prepare to apply for MFA programs! Our students have gotten into MFA programs at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Michigan, NYU, Columbia, Alabama, Indiana, The New School, and many others. Check out our MFA APPLICATION services for more information!
Do you offer any onsite training for corporations and/or nonprofit organizations?
Yes we do! If your organization is interested in writing-based corporate or nonprofit training we can lead and facilitate half-day or full-day training sessions. Learn more about these services in the navigation menu.
Are you hiring new instructors?
We always like hearing from interested candidates. Use the button below to submit an application. Be sure to tell us about yourself and your publications, where you have taught before, what classes you are interested in teaching for Writing Workshops, and if you are interested in teaching in-person or online classes. Also include a link to your website and your Twitter handle if applicable.
What’s your refund policy?
Our refund policy is simple: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 10 days before the class starts, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 10-day grace period, there are no refunds, and students will be required to pay the full course fee. If a writer enrolls in one of our seminars and can't make it we will send you the link to the Live Stream recording along with all seminar materials so that you can watch the seminar at your convenience within 30 days of the seminar date. We have this refund policy because we keep our classes intentionally small. Dropping a class at the last minute or after the class starts means that someone else who wanted to be in the class cannot participate, and so we don't offer refunds after the 10-day grace period. For a writing workshop to function, enrolled students must be dedicated to the class. After these deadlines, you will not be eligible for a refund.
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If we didn’t answer your questions above, please use the Contact Page to get in touch.