Are you already at work on a novel (adult or YA), memoir or creative non-fiction title, or play? Are you wondering if certain parts of your project work — if they are believable, clear, hang together, are moving?
Do you feel like you’ve got something more than an idea, but less than a finished work? Do you long for clarity about what’s good and what isn’t? Are you tired of second-guessing yourself about how the whole thing is organized, or if it is anywhere close to publishable?
Have you been starting and stopping, on-ing and off-ing your memoir or novel for months; maybe years?
Perhaps it is time to apply to Crescent’s small-group Works-in-Progress (W-i-P) class and move forward to your next step.
W-i-P has one goal: to create stronger, more muscular work. Under the tough, compassionate, practiced guidance of Crescent Dragonwagon, the style in which W-i-P’s unfolds respects the writer, the work, the eventual reader. It takes participants through difficult and exhilarating process of moving a piece of writing from first or second or fifth draft to publishable.
Are you ready — at least in your more courageous moments — to take what you’re working on and make it better? To make it so much better that each time a reader picks it up, it’ll grab her or him and not let go until the last page?
Then invest the time and money Works-in-Progress (W-i-P) with Crescent and make it happen. Now.
This class is small, focused, and effective. It takes commitment, hard work, time and it’s not cheap. It is also thrilling. You must apply to join it. Please email email@example.com for an application.
Focused, individualized, tough, tender, and most of all effective at bringing forth your best work, W-i-P with Crescent is a 12-week, every-other-week writing group. With its intentionally small size — just 5 to 6 participants — and facilitated by a much-published master teacher/editor, your work will get thoughtful, useful individual attention, including
- a pre-class video and 20-page workbook by Crescent, on Growing Brilliance: Mastering Self-Editing, Working Wisely with Colleagues
- two one-hour full focus sessions, in which the group is focused solely on 25 to 50 pages of your written W-i-P
- three 30-minute short focus sessions, in which you read aloud 10 minutes of your W-i-P, and the group responds for 20 minutes
- up to 75 pages of detailed, helpful line-edits from Crescent
- occasional reading and writing assignments that are dazzlingly clarifying, and often personalized
- interim deadlines, accountability and motivation
In W-i-P, you’ll see your almost imperfect project get better and better, and you’ll see it happen — because you will be the one making it happen. Learn methods and gain insight that will help you for as long as you write; book after book, piece after piece.
While writing is first and last a solo activity, in WiP our self-directed work grows in power by taking it semi-public with peers who are also at work on and committed to their writing. You will have a tiny and deeply supportive writing community, which will also last long after the twelve weeks are over.
Writers who graduate W-i-P is carry much larger, clearer self-editing ability, a stronger knowledge of story structure and organization, and lasting skills for moving a draft towards a book.
For some, the group also provides interim deadlines, and with them, accountability and motivation.
W-i-P takes place takes place on twelve Wednesdays. The course is given twice a year, once in the fall, and once in the spring.
Every other Wednesday, in real time (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Central, with a 10-minute break), you will meet with 6 colleagues. You may attend from anywhere, online, via Zoom, or physically (in Fayetteville, Arkansas).
If you want to do this and you meet these requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application to join Works-in-Progress.
- You must be already at work on one of the following projects: a novel (adult or YA), memoir or creative non-fiction title, or play. (You might be at work on more than one project, but each member of the group chooses one and works on it).
- You must submit at least 15 pages of a draft of your project with your application
- You must have at least 25 pages of a draft of your project completed before the first class,
- You must have registered for the Works-in-Progress group no later than two week before the first class. (In 2019, that would be by August 21, with first W-i-P on Wednesday, September 4).
- You must be both able and committed to giving and receiving thoughtful criticism, response that is both tough (on the work, in places where you see it needs help) and tender (on the person doing the work).
- You must have read the workbook and watched the video Growing Brilliance (included in tuition) before the first class.
- You must be prepared to allow 1 to 2 hours a week outside of session to read the work of others in the group before their focus session (explained below), plus, of course, time to work on bettering your own work after receiving response.
- You must send a 15-to-35 page segment of your work to the group on the Thursday before your full-focus session (at Session 1 we will finalize the focus session schedule).
- Once you have registered, you must complete your first (brief) assignment, basically a description of the project you’ll be working on (but with a twist) and return it no later than three days before class.
- You must read and abide by the critique and focus session materials, which will be sent to you before class.
- Distance attendees who have not used Zoom must attend a tech-only practice session; details will be emailed to you.
- You must do you level best to attend every single class; you can attend via laptop if you can’t be here in person (of course, distance attendees are already doing that).