DETAILS: HOW THIS GROUP WORKS
Thank you for your interest in joining Crescent’s Works-in-Progress (WiP) group. A few notes for distance participants are highlighted.
Unlike most of CD’s other classes, here we focus not on writing process (Practice, in the Fearless Writing™ paradigm), but craft (Rehearsal, in Fearless Writing™) with the ultimate goal of publication or production (Performance).
This group is for those who have a project not just in mind, but already at least partially on paper (or disk/cloud).
Our goal is to take that almost certainly imperfect project and, jointly, make it better: to create stronger, more muscular work. While this comes first and last through writing itself, a solo activity, in WiP our self-directed work is supported by taking it semi-public with peers who are also at work on and committed to their writing, for response… from which, each writer self-edits.
For some, the group also provides interim deadlines, and with them, accountability and motivation.
- 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 have at least 25 pages of a first draft of your project completed before the first class.
- You must have registered for the Works-in-Progress group no later than one week before the first class.
- 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 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 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 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).
How sessions work:
Our first session has some introductory material, but in general, here is the layout.
Times given are Central time.
Please note that each session includes three writers doing brief read-alouds and a fourth, who has sent her or his work in ahead of time, gets major focus. This means that in each session, two writers do not receive direct feedback, though everyone gives it.
WiP is limited to 6 participants (if there are five, CD will act as the sixth as well as facilitate; if there are six, she will just facilitate). With 12 sessions, this means each participant will have two individually focused sessions.
6:15ish: arrival, for those attending in person and interested in chit-chatting beforehand. Distance attendees (who will have done a tech run-through separately a few days earlier) should also arrive, to make sure there are no unexpected last-minute glitches that have popped up since run-through.
6:30 promptly: session begins, with quick check-in among participants. Then, 3 writers read aloud a brief segment of their work — 10 minutes per writer, with 10 minutes quick facilitated feedback from group.
7:30: 10 minute break
7:40 to 8:30: FOCUS SESSION for one participant.
If you have other questions I have not addressed here, please email me at email@example.com.
All remaining materials — the first pre-class assignment, the critique guidelines — will go out within 24 hours after you register, with a confirmation letter.