Low-key, high-energy, challenging and gentle, Tuesdays with Crescent (TwC) is a 8-week, once-a-week small writing group, facilitated by Crescent. It takes place on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings, in real time (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Central), and it builds an active supportive creative community. The next series of TWC sessions begins on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.
Registration opens here on Monday, January 8, 2024.
You participate online, from anywhere, via Zoom.
Participation is limited to 12.
In just eight sessions, you shift from anxiety to ah-ha, now-I-get-it, hey-I-had-no-idea-I-could-do-this. You will start (or return to) writing. How good that writing is, and how much you’ll enjoy doing it, and the support and interestingness of working in a small like-minded supportive group, will astonish and delight you.
Procrastination? It evaporates, in the face of CD’s insightful and practical mentoring and the writing forms and practices she teaches. Kind, funny, and gently tough, she helps grow your confidence and zest for discovering your own voice and stories.
Most years, the course is given twice annually, once in the spring course and once in the fall. Our next upcoming TwC will begin on January 30, 2024. Registration will be up on Monday, January 5, 2024.
WHAT: HOW DOES IT WORK?
Centered on the process and practice of writing, each class builds on the next and gives writers and would-be writers the insights, tools, approaches, practices and methods they need to grow their work to its individual next level. And, most important, Tuesdays with Crescent helps writers fall in love, or back in love with, the process of writing itself.
As you work with your fellow classmates under the gentle guidance of a master teacher and much-published writer, you’ll find, grow, clarify, and energize your voice and ideas.
It is not a critique group, where participants bring in already-written work for discussion and analysis. All writing takes place in class. And it is not a writing process course, which teaches you directly how to handle the difficulties (such as procrastination and anxiety) inherent in writing (for that, try CD’s Fearless Writing™, given once or twice a year). Nor is it, exactly, a Craft of Writing class, such as CD’s “Thinking about Writing Your Memoir? Start Here,” or “Build Your Writing Practice”).
Yet it contains, in an incidental way, elements of all these. As writers (including those who thought of themselves as would-be writers) write, issues and questions come up and we explore them in response.
You come in with nothing more than a notebook (or laptop), Crescent talks briefly (and in later classes, not at all), teaches a bit, and tosses out a topic. And we’re off to the races.
Reading out loud is optional. There are no grades. There is no way to do it wrong.
WHO: IS IT FOR ME?
Each Tuesdays series is limited to 12 participants.
This class of Crescent’s deliberately combines writers and would-be writers at all phases, in all genres: beginning or novice, experienced or just longing to be.
Here are seven categories of people who typically benefit hugely from a Tuesdays with Crescent series.
- Those who’ve “always wanted to write but” or are in this related category: “I used to write, but…”
- Long-time writers who are blocked, bored, frustrated and can’t seem to find the refresh button, let alone to hit it.
- Those who are excellent at telling stories verbally but lose their mojo when they try to get it on paper.
- Artist’s Way drop-outs or burn-outs, as in “I did Morning Pages for almost three years, then I just got bored with it.”
- Those who enjoy shaking things up, trying something new, for the fun and juice of it; out of the same impulse that might lead them to take country-line dancing, improv, or a wild-foods foraging class.
- Those who suffer from general or writing-specific self-doubt, procrastination, perplexity about their next step — Tuesdays with Crescent shakes up and alters these painful states, whether or not you consider yourself a writer.
- Young writers and would-be writers (mid-to-late teens, pre-college or in college) who are thinking about pursuing writing professionally and want an outside-the-box non-academic shake-up in addition to whatever else they may be receiving
Do you see yourself in any of these categories? Are you tired of the I-want / I don’t-want dance? Then join us. Click here (that “here” is hyperlinked when registration is often). to register.
Tuesdays with Crescent takes place on 8 usually-consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Central. These evenings run weekly (unless holidays, illness or bad weather intervene).
WHAT IF I MISS A CLASS?
You must be at the first class. After that, while it’s okay to miss one or two classes (because life, as we know, happens), please plan to be at all of them, and make every effort to do so.
If you miss a class, you can request a recording; it will be sent to you for replay at your convenience.
REGISTRATION & COSTS
Registration opens for our next TwC opens on November 15, 2023. This is for our next TwC, beginning on January 23, 2024.
Tuition for this class: $899 (this works out to $112.50 per 2-hour session), with an earlybird price of $799 for the first week after registration opens. Crescent is committed to everyone who wants to take this series with her being able to do so without undue financial strain. While she occasionally offers scholarships or partial scholarships, the main way her commitment is shown is in her willingness to accept writers who need to pay in installments over a length of time they (students) choose; she wants taking a class with her to be comfortable and non-stressful for students. (This is balanced out by those who can pay the whole tuition in one go.)
If you need to do any class with Crescent in several payments, please email Sally Baker Williams at email@example.com, with the subject line “Payments, Tuesdays with Crescent.” She will arrange this for and with you. You will receive a monthly invoice according to the terms you set up with Sally.
Tuesdays with Crescent is part of Crescent’s Fearless Writing™ Classes, Courses, and Events.