What kinds of classes are offered?
Currently our classes focus on writing poetry, each class with a particular emphasis on craft elements, type of poem, or themes. Soon we will offer creative non-fiction classes as well, especially on topics related to various kinds of memoir writing.
Who teaches the classes and workshops?
Lin Benedek and Pam Davenport currently teach all classes and design all materials for the courses and website. We are working with other teachers on expanding offerings and plan in the near future to include exciting additional classes taught by other teachers we know and admire.
Why study with Lin and Pam? Who are they and how do they teach?
We met as students at the Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing program where we became immediate friends. We found we shared a passion for the power of writing in our lives, discovered at a young age. We both pursued varied and fulfilling career paths, and we are now devoting ourselves to writing and the teaching of writing. Having had the privilege of working with extraordinary teachers and mentors, we believe we have a lot to offer to writers of all levels to help them engage more actively and fully in their own writing process and to find new ways to enhance their creativity and build on their craft.
We create a safe and supportive environment for writers designed to embolden students to take risks and try new things in their writing. We believe in an individualized approach, because each writer comes with his or her own best learning style and writing dreams.
We are published writers who have taught students of all ages and led workshops on a wide range of topics, such as writing for reflection and renewal; leaping ahead creatively; and composition. Please see our bios for further information about our backgrounds, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.
What can we expect from a workshop? How large are the classes?
Some workshops will be taught by both Lin and Pam and some by each of us individually. We feel that six to ten students in a class works best to maximize the time we are able to devote to each writer in the group though classes taught by both of us may have a few more participants.
Each week there will be lectures posted, homework assigned, and group discussion via Moodle, the platform we will use for submission of work to us and written feedback from us. We will also have a weekly teleconference, during which we’ll answer any questions you might have about the writing process and open up the conversation for discussion.
There are no grades involved. We will be generous with our feedback to each writer, sharing our thoughts about what’s working well and ways we believe the work could go deeper or be stronger.
How Do Your Online Classes Function? Is there live workshop discussion?
For all of our courses, we preside over regularly scheduled Skype (audio only) teleconferences where class members get an opportunity to interact with their instructor and fellow classmates, workshop material, discuss course content.
We use the Moodle Online Classroom web interface. Each class has its own online classroom site which is available to class members at all times. Lectures are posted there. Project work is presented there. Comments, Feedback, Questions are posted and responded to in specific sets of Forum Discussion Areas. Lectures and other Course Materials are available there for reading and downloading at all times.
When you sign up for a course, you gain access to the site the Friday before the Monday start of the class, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the site, download the course syllabus, and meet your classmates. The site remains open for 30 days after the class ends, giving you the chance to download any lectures, notes, and comments you may not have accessed before.
Do you offer private classes, coaching, long-term comprehensive courses of study?
Yes, we do. Please contact us for information.
Where do I sign up?
Click on Upcoming Workshops and you will be directed to the shopping cart.
What is the Fine Print? The Terms & Conditions?
To receive a refund or credit, a student must withdraw by written notification emailed to email@example.com 72 hours before start of class.
Refunds and credits are determined by the day that emailed notification is received. Failure to attend classes or notifying the instructor does not constitute official withdrawal. If you withdraw from a course at least two business days before the first class meeting, you are entitled to a full credit toward another WriteNow.Ink class valid for one year or a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.
If you withdraw from a course at least two business days before the second class meeting, you are entitled to a WriteNow.Ink credit toward another class (not a refund) of the amount you paid less a $25 fee and less a prorated amount for the first class meeting. Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds.
No refunds will be given one business day prior to the first class meeting or thereafter; no credits will be given one business day prior to the second class meeting or thereafter. Refunds take up to six weeks to process.