Online writing workshops are geared to be student oriented, to suit the needs of the writer, and to work around his or her schedule. The online workshop allows you the flexibility to access weekly writing assignments, discussion boards, and craft lectures. You can access this information anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection. Whether through a chat room, a threaded discussion, or a live interaction, the online format provides a multitude of opportunities to improve as a writer and to connect with your instructor and your classmates.
All of the instructors are graduates of Hollins University's celebrated graduate program in creative writing. They are all experienced teachers who have published extensively within the genre they’re teaching. Full faculty biographies are provided here.
All workshops are 10 weeks.
Though this varies from student to student, the workshops are designed to require less than 10 hours each week. This will consist of brief reading assignments, weekly writing prompts, and participation in the classroom conversation via discussion forums and live sessions.
You will be able to access the workshop whenever it suits your schedule. Each week, there will also be an hour-long "live session" in which your instructor will be available to you. Live sessions are not mandatory and are scheduled by the instructor. If you’re not able to attend these sessions as they’re happening, a recorded archive will also be available.
There are no prerequisites for the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop. Workshops are designed to benefit both the novice and the practiced writer. While experience in writing workshops is welcomed, it is not required.
Yes. When you complete the workshop registration, you’ll receive a list of course materials, which will include pertinent information regarding textbooks.
These are noncredit workshops and cannot be applied toward a degree. However, the emphasis on careful reading and writing is similar to what a student would find in traditional creative writing tracks (M.A., M.F.A., etc.), and we will work to enhance and/or refresh these skillsets.
A full tuition refund is available to students who cancel their registration by the end of the first week of the workshop. This should be done in writing or online by 5:00 pm on the first Friday. There is a $35 registration fee that is nonrefundable.
All of our workshops are limited to 15 students in order to ensure that each student receives quality and comprehensive feedback. Because of these size limitations, we encourage students to register early.
One of our favorite aspects of the online workshop is its accessibility. You won’t need any obscure or cutting-edge computer software; however, there are a few basic technological requirements:
Please email Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 351-1425.