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FAQs

FAQs

How do I sign up for a workshop?

Please, read the description of the workshop that interests you and sign up using the registration button at the bottom of the page. After you have registered, you will be directed to payment options. PayPal is the most commonly used medium for this and allows for immediate payment, but all payments (by PayPal or check) must be remitted within 7 calendar days to hold your seat. If payment has not been received within 7 calendar days, your registration will be removed. The workshop administrator will confirm both your registration and receipt of payment via email.

What can I expect in a workshop? 

This varies by class. Some classes are designed to help writers with completed manuscripts (short stories, novels, essays, etc.) receive feedback on that work; instructors help students to learn to give quality, constructive criticism as part of the workshop. Other classes are focused on generating new work. The class description should specify what the expectations will be of workshop participants, but questions are always welcome. When in doubt, do email us at writersstl@gmail.com for more information. We are happy to talk to you about our workshops and other offerings to help you find the class that best suits your needs.

Do you offer classes for teens?

Yes! We typically offer a fiction workshop in the summer for teens (ages 13-18). A class description and registration is typically available by March 1 of each year.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer a 10% tuition discount to members of the St. Louis Writers’ Guild. Instructions for how to receive this discount are included under the descriptions of each workshop and require that you notify us at writersstl@gmail.com to let us know about your STLWG membership; we will then verify your membership with the president of the Guild before the adjusted payment is made.

Where are your workshops held?

STLWW does not own a permanent space, so we rent space from other organizations. Often, that space is at a local church or bookstore. We try to find a space that is easily accessible, centrally located, provides a comfortable room for learning, and is safe and has plentiful parking. We are not formally associated with any of the organizations or businesses from which we rent space, but we are grateful to them for allowing us access to their facilities.

I signed up for a workshop, but now cannot attend. What should I do?

Please, contact us immediately at writersstl@gmail.com and explain that you need to withdraw. There is often a waiting list for our classes and the sooner you let us know you are dropping, the sooner we can move a fellow writer into your seat. If you notify us before the first day of the class, we can refund the entirety of your tuition; however, after the first class has already met, we can only refund 50% of the tuition payment. If you drop when the class is beyond the half-way mark, no tuition will be refunded.

I signed up for a workshop and cannot make a workshop date. Will you alter the schedule for me?

Unfortunately, we can only move dates and times of classes for extenuating circumstances, such as severe weather conditions or an emergency involving the instructor, for example. Before you sign up for a class, please, check your schedule to make sure that you are available during those dates. In some instances, instructors may wish to make up the class missed by working with you on a one-on-one basis, but this is fully at the discretion of the instructor.

Do you offer one-on-one coaching or editing services?

Currently, STLWW acts as a referral service to those writers who wish to be connected to a coach or editor for more personalized instruction or writing help. One-on-one “coaching” usually consists of another, more experienced writer reading your work with a critical eye and then offering to you solid, constructive feedback with the goal of helping you to improve. It is very much like being in a workshop, but, in this case, you are the only student and the instructor can give you her full attention. In some cases, a coach can also suggest publishing opportunities for completed manuscripts of short and long fiction, as well as for creative non-fiction and poetry. Those who have a completed a manuscript and need proofreading services are also welcome to contact us and be connected with an editor who does this specific work. Fees vary among coaches and editors.