Update: The Practice of Writing registration closes today, 5 pm

The response to TPOW (hashtag!) has been fantastic, and before I knew it, registration sort of exploded. Now, it was always my intention to let in a larger group, given the nature of the course. But there's larger and there's LARGER, so I must close registration earlier than expected.

I want to give everyone a chance to register before I close it up, so you have until today at 5 pm EDT. If you miss the window or can't take it at this time, do not fret. I will be offering the class again, tentatively beginning on December 31st. But if you have your heart set on this session, sign up now!

Meanwhile, there have been some follow-up questions, so here are some answers!

I'm not a fiction writer. Does this course work for me?


The course is meant for anyone who's stuck, or wants to create a more consistent habit of writing. As such, genre is unimportant. Most of the exercises will be in the vein of personal memoir, with a couple of left turns into fiction. But these are meant to be exercises that will open you up and get you writing--even if you're not a fiction or a memoir writer, they will help!

How do I interact with my fellow students?

Just like in a blog, you can interact via comments. If you find any kindred spirits in the class and want to form a smaller writing group on your own: fantastic. Anything that can help you continue your practice beyond the class timeframe.

What's in this "one post a day"?

Every day you'll receive a post that will relate to the week's theme. The specifics of the post will, of course, vary, but consider it something like a lecture. At the end of each post will be a prompt, or an assignment.

I also have a few videos on board, and I'm hoping to put together more before the class begins!  

Will there be feedback?

I'm not going to critique individual pieces in this class. First drafts shouldn't be subject to scrutiny. These are exercises, and you need permission to take risks and just get the pages out. As I said in the course description, I will provide encouragement, not critique.

In the future, I will be offering a smaller class where we can take a closer look at each other's writing.

If you want feedback in general about your writing, your career, where to go next,  etc., you can always email me and I will do my best to help. I'll also be addressing many of your concerns in posts, and I'll be available to answer blog comments that might be relevant to the group.

How will we share our pieces?

I'm still working out how to do this. Google Docs seems like the best bet. Bear in mind that you do not need to share anything, if you don't want to. You can share as much or as little as you like. You can also email me your pieces directly, if you feel more comfortable that way.


Hope this is clear! Also, if you have thoughts about what kind of course you'd like to see from me in the future, please don't hesitate to let me know. I've got thoughts on the matter, but I'd love to hear yours.