Even though writing is a solitary activity, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.
Sometimes being able to share the process of writing your story down is what keeps you coming back to your project day after day.
This is a group coaching program for writers. The difference between this and a writing class is that we are not going into the how-to of writing. This program is for writers who want to set goals, be held accountable to them, and to work toward these goals in a supportive community. If you’re looking to learn about how to write, I recommend you check out one of the many excellent courses in creative writing out there.
If you can handle checking email, you can handle this class. You will need to have a computer and access to the internet to access your materials. The calls are hosted on Zoom, and all you’ll have to do is click a link to join when you go live for the meetings. The first time you join a meeting, you’ll have to download the service, so allow 5-10 extra minutes for that. If you don’t have a camera on your computer, we won’t be able to see you, but as long as you have headphones and internet, we’ll hear you just fine.
Based on previous student feedback, we’ll be switching to a new group resource site instead of Facebook Groups. I have tested all the told we’ll be using and will have a tech hand-holding video that walks you through the set-up for each component just in case you need help.
With that said, if getting a link in an email for class meetings, posting online in a group forum, or meeting in real-time once a month online feels like too much technology, this is probably not the right course for you. Please don’t sign up if you don’t want to join any group meetings, as that would mean you’d miss out on a lot of the benefits the course offers.
Unfortunately, no. I don’t offer refunds for my courses, so please be sure you’re committed before signing up. You can get to know me, and several of the guest lecturers, by listening to my podcast.
I’ll also be offering a free webinar where people interested in the class can ask all questions about the program before signing up. You can sign up for that webinar here. If you’ve missed the webinar live, sign up and you’ll be emailed a link to the replay.
I love that you’re open to support in pursuing your goal. Congratulations! I love working with 1:1 clients and see incredible results with them. If you want to pursue that kind of work, you can apply here. What’s special about a group is that you really get the sense of going after your writing dream with 11 other people who want the same thing. There’s a kind of magic that occurs when like-minded groups come together. In addition, if finances are a concern, this program is half the monthly cost of my 1:1 6-month coaching program, with the added benefit of the FB group to connect with classmates, weekly inspiration and goal emails, and your twice-monthly q+a calls with me and with the guest lecturers.
Great question. Making space for your writing life is something you’ll need to make a priority in order to get everything you can out of the program. That said, the amount of time you can expect to spend is the following:
In this incarnation of the CWG, we WILL be sharing actual work for the first time. In the final two weeks of the course, we will share a character sketch and a scene to discuss. This will be for the sake of discussion and discovery rather than as a writing craft critique. If you are looking for a rigorous craft experience as your primary objective, a creative writing program may suit your needs better. This group is for accountability, exploring the structure and methods of creating scenes and character, and reaching the goals you set for your writing.
Absolutely. Once you sign up, you’ll be sent an orientation email. Class begins officially on July 9th.
Each Monday, you’ll receive your weekly letter in your inbox with writing encouragement and exercises for the week. In that letter, you will also find links to upcoming video meetings, as well as recordings of previous meetings.
The first week of class, we’ll warm up and get settled into the group. We’ll set our goals and intentions for the session and introduce ourselves. The following 21 weeks, we’ll work through each suit and then the Page through King cards. We’ll have a catch-up / working week and then finish the course by presenting characters, then scenes, and wrapping December 16th.