1. What is the time commitment outside of this class?
The most important consideration is your commitment to developing a practice for your writing life. The time that takes outside of the weekly two and a half hour class is up to you. The group will support your intentions.
2. What kind of writing assignments are there?
Writing prompts, exercises, and articles are offered over the course of a semester, but they are meant as a supplement to your writing life. These are offerings for times you feel stuck or are in need of some fresh inspiration. Occasionally, we discuss an article as a group, but there are no tests or quizzes and you are always free to follow your own muse. Samples of poems, essays, excerpts from literature are meant to encourage reading and thinking outside of class.
3. Can I miss classes?
Very few women can manage their schedules for perfect attendance. On the other hand, missing more than three classes can feel like a loss to the members of your small group, who count on you for good listening, support, and feedback week-to-week. If you know you’ll miss more than three classes in a series, it’s probably best to wait until you have the open space to pursue this opportunity with the best chance of regular attendance.
4. I want to write in a supportive community like this, but cannot carve out 13 consecutive weeks.
Consider a weekend retreat, a workshop, shorter class series, or a sampler. Other opportunities are always evolving. Check our website from time to time to see if something else might work for you.
5. How many women make up a typical circle?
Circles range in size from 8-16. This allows us to create small groups of four where your writing is heard and responded to every week according to the specific kinds of feedback you request. We’ve had classes as small as 6 and as large as 20.
6. I don’t know anything about giving critique.
We don’t offer critique. Rather, we learn to identify and lift up what is strong and powerful in each person’s writing and listen for what the writer asks for. Learning how to give and receive constructive feedback is a major focus of our work together. The writing naturally deepens as we write more, listen to one another, and as we hear one another’s work, and explore avenues for deepening together. Small groups are constructed with a view toward the kind of writing projects being pursued and the kind of feedback wished for. While some groups focus on careful encouragement only, others provide supportive craft feedback.
7. Can I make up a missed class by attending a different day?
This would not work in our context. Building a community of trust is integral to our work. There is no ‘make up’ opportunity per se. We do, however, send all materials to you the day you miss so you can keep up.
8. What are your hours of operation? Can I come by the schoolhouse when meetings are not in session?
There are a number of other meetings and activities that operate the schoolhouse space. The space is shared collectively. It is not a “drop-in center.” Please call for an appointment if you’d like to speak with us about our programs.
9. What are your payment policies?
We require a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 for 13-week or other multi-session circles or payment in full to hold your seat in each circle. You can pay upon registration via PayPal or by sending a check to WWf(a)C in sufficient time to allow for confirmation at least seven days before the class begins.
If you are registering less than 7 days prior to class start date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check on space availability.
To pay by check, send your check payable to WFACFB, Inc. to:
PO BOX 6657
Bloomington, Indiana 47407
Sometimes, we need to cancel a class or workshop. If we do, all participants will be notified at least 24 hours before the first class. You can receive a full refund or apply your payment to another class.
Sometimes individual class sessions may need to be cancelled. These will be rescheduled by the facilitator.
If you choose to cancel your enrollment, you must let us know at least 24 hours before the first class to receive a refund (minus deposit) or transfer your payment to another class. No refunds will be made if you do not show up for class without notifying us. Should you begin a semester class and choose to withdraw prior to the third class session, you will still be responsible for full payment. For shorter series you will be responsible for full payment after the first class.
10. Is there any flexibility in the payment for classes?
We do not want finances to be the limiting factor for anyone. We offer tuition assistance by application and as funds are available. Please download these forms to apply for tuition assistance, and we’ll make every effort to work with you: Tuition assistance for adults or Tuition assistance for young women and girls. Call 812 325-8247 if you have further questions.
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