These are questions that have come up or that students have indicated they would have liked to have known.
If you have other questions, please send me a message (see below). I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
What are these "Writing Laps" that you keep referring to?
Writing Laps are short (6, 8, 10, or 15 minutes), timed writing intervals. They are similar to what you may know of as “word wars” or “word sprints”.
A Writing Lap session for my community members lasts one hour.
- I provide a writing prompt (usually related to life writing, but sometimes its something just for fun),
- I announce the time and set a timer, and … ready … set … go!
- we all type. NO corrections of punctuation, grammar, or spelling are allowed. Everyone just writes as fast as they can.
- We get in several Writing Laps in the hour (anywhere from 2 to 4).
In between laps or at the end, those who wish to can share and read their writing.
It’s an activity that everyone enjoys — it’s very “freeing” because no one’s had time to edit. It’s all “raw” and “perfect in its imperfection.” 🙂
How do I know I'll get what you promise?
That’s a little tough to answer. I can tell you that all of my students have finished feeling anywhere from satisfied to ecstatic about the learning, progress, and tangible outcomes they achieved. (please seem my testimonials on my Home page) If you attend classes and do the homework, I believe you’ll be very happy.
If a student has a problem, I always suggest that they contact me directly and immediately. Each need and situation is different, so I have no hard and fast rules, but I will do everything in my power to resolve the problem and try to make things right.
Do I have to use my webcam during class? Why can't I just have audio on?
Sometimes, due to tech problems or travel, students can’t access with video. And, on a one-off basis, that’s understandable. However, I do require students to come to class regularly with both Webcam and microphone. Being able to see and hear each other is essential to creating camaraderie, trust, and community in my classes.
There are times when people choose to share very personal stories, and it’s important that we can see each other and know that there are other human beings on the other side.
I do understand that some people aren’t initially comfortable with this format, but it’s something that (so far) students have been able to quickly adapt to and eventually appreciate.
I've found other online courses for cheaper. Why are yours more expensive?
If you’re looking for a pure GAB (Guided Autobiography course) course, you will find courses offered at a lower rate. And, I encourage you to check them out. The training that GAB instructors receive is excellent and, in my experience, we’re all full of heart.
In many ways, I use the same method as other GAB instructors. What I also bring to my students is decades of experience in writing and editing. If in addition to experiencing this magical method, you also wish to enhance your writing skills, my courses will be a good fit. At the end of each course, I provide individualized written feedback to each student.
Even in the Starting course, I may apply GAB themes and methods while also including tips and tricks and exercises so students can experiment with different writing techniques. There’s also the opportunity to apply those techniques (or just have fun) in the Writing Laps that are offered free to current students.
Do you offer discounts?
Students who have completed Start Writing Your Personal Essays SPE01 with me are entitled to a 10% discount on MEP01 and GMW01.
Occasional discounts are offered to newsletter subscribers and members of my community.
In Fall 2020, I hope to offer a scholarship based on need and commitment.
Do you offer scholarships?
In Fall 2020, I hope to offer a need/commitment-based scholarship.
Please watch this space.