Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I sign up for a class?
Currently, all courses are offered as online classes only. (We hope to offer in-person classes eventually so, please sign up for our newsletter so we can let you know when they start.)
To sign up for a currently offered online class, please go to the Classes page at the top of our website and scroll to the class for which you would like to register.
The information about the class is listed on that page. Once you are ready to pay (registration is automatic with payment), click on the Enroll button and you will be taken to the payment portal. Once enrollment is complete, the course information will be emailed to you. If a class is full, you may still join the waitlist.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enrollment questions.
What is your payment policy? What is your refund/cancellation policy?
For class prices, please go to our Homepage or Classes page. You will find pricing information on all classes we currently offer. We require that all fees be paid in full before the start of the first class.
If you need to withdraw from a class you have already paid for, please contact us at least one week (7 days) before the date of the first class, and we will refund you the price of the class minus a $15 administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw from a class less than one week (7 days) before class start, we are unable to offer a refund. Pen & Paper reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Students will receive a full refund if a class should be canceled.
Please contact us at email@example.com any enrollment questions.
What can you tell me about your class, or workshop, levels? Do you offer introductory, intermediate and advanced levels?
We do! Our introductory level classes are appropriate for those new and aspiring writers who have no writing experience whatsoever, or, for those who have some, or little, experience. (If you have dabbled in writing but want to learn more about how to get those words down on paper, join us!)Our intermediate and advanced level classes are appropriate for any writer who has been writing for some years, who has an understanding of the craft of writing, and who may have already been published or produced.
This applies whether the potential student’s interests are in the areas of fiction, nonfiction (memoir, or essay writing) and screenwriting (film and television).
To reiterate this point: you do not need to have any prior writing experience to take one of our introductory classes.
How does the online teaching component work?
All classes take place in an online classroom environment. Once your payment has been processed, you will receive further information by email with full details as to how your class will function as well as a syllabus. Each class will have a maximum of 10 students and last for eight weeks.
Our classes do not take place in real time. You do not need to be online at a particular time each week. This offers you, the student, maximum flexibility. You may participate in your class at any time, day or night. The classes still advance week-by-week with certain items (assignments, readings, etc.) that need to be completed during that specific seven-day period.
Each student logs into the learning portal (you will receive instructions on how to create a profile, log on I.D. and password) when they so wish during and throughout the week (7 days). New lessons are made available on each Monday night as of 12:01 a.m. throughout the eight-week period. At that time, the lesson for that week’s class will be posted in the online learning portal. You will have seven days to complete the assignments for the week and return them for instructor feedback. With the start of each new week, you will still have access to all previous weeks’ lessons. At the end of the class, you will receive copies of all your assignments and your instructor’s feedback.
Throughout the eight-week class, your instructor will read and respond to your posted and completed assignments offering comments, thoughts, notes or suggestions. You will have the opportunity to interact with the instructor inside the online classroom. Only you and the instructor will see your written work. The instructor will also offer reading suggestions and writing prompts inside the online classroom. There will not be a dedicated weekly video meeting with the instructor, but there will be a dedicated weekly period set aside where the instructor will make him or herself available to chat with students in the class. This will be optional to you, the student. Additionally, there will not be peer-to-peer critiquing which is common in a workshop environment during the beginner level classes. Peer-to-peer critiquing will commence with our more advanced classes.
I am a teenager. Can I take your classes?
All students should be over the age of 18. If you are a teenager and interested in taking writing classes with us, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is enough interest, we may consider starting a class for younger students.
I am interested in becoming one of your instructors, what should I do?
Email us at email@example.com and tell us about yourself and your experience and someone will get back to you.
What about editorial services? Do you offer those?
Yes, we do. We offer one-on-one editorial consultations for fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as screenplay consultations for screenwriters. Please go to our Hompage and look for the Editorial Services/Script Consultations page for more information.
I do not see the answer to the question(s) I have. How can I reach you?
If the answer you are looking for is not listed here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get right back to you.
By chance, do you happen to sell any writing and reading-related items? Say, like coffee mugs, or t-shirts or hats?
Actually, yes, we do! Go to our Homepage and look for the Store page. There you will find a variety of writing and reading-related items for purchase. We currently sell coffee mugs, t-shirts, hats, totes, and phone cases.
A few more (important) items…
Pen & Paper Writing Workshops reserves the right to cancel, or remove any student from any of our classes at our discretion.
Pen & Paper Writing Workshops does not discriminate by race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
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