Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Online Writing Workshop Classes: Some details on how they work

There are still spaces available in the Beginning Poetry Writing Workshop which begins on Wednesday, July 21. If you are interested, please email me {chloemiller(at)gmail.com} to save your seat today.

Many people have never taken an online class before. I’d like to assure you that after a few minutes orientating yourself with the welcome email and the Google Group site, you’ll be up and running in no time. It is easy enough to use that we can focus on the writing instead of the technology. What an amazing era we are lucky enough to live in!

My private, small-group online classes are for adults interested in starting or expanding a creative writing project. Most of the writers in the classes are busy people with full-time jobs and families. For that reason, the courses have very flexible schedules. The discussions that happen in the free Google Group are all asynchronous. That means that the participants can post their responses at any time of day instead of being restricted to working during certain hours.

All of the assignments are posted on the first day. If there is a particularly busy day and a writer knows s/he won’t be able to log in that day, s/he can post the work ahead of time. The other members of the class are always amenable to reading past conversations since they often naturally continue throughout the week.

The longer classes, like the two week August Memoir Writing II Workshop, have a weekend break. There are no assignments posted over the weekend and this is a chance for the participants to catch up on work and further participate in the conversations that began earlier in the week.

I am often asked if it is possible to get to know people in an online group. Yes! It is a writing course and one of our goals is to practice crafting a unique voice in each piece of writing. The writing samples and discussions quickly offer each person an opportunity to distinguish him or herself. I start off each class with an introductory discussion which gives us opportunity to share some information about ourselves.

If you have remaining questions about how the online courses work, don’t hesitate to ask below or via email {Chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com}.

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