FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a “Generative” Workshop?
What is a “Manuscript” Workshop?
What is Boot Camp?
How do I apply?
When can I expect to hear if I was accepted (rejected)?
I didn’t receive an email confirmation when I submitted my application to Submittable.  What should I do?
When is the application deadline for the workshops?
How early do workshops fill?
What are my chances of getting in off the wait list for my first choice workshop?
Will I know which faculty member/workshop I get into before I pay my deposit?
How do I submit my manuscript?
Is the manuscript I apply with the same one I will use in workshop?
My application submission is more/less than 10 pages and/or several short pieces.  Is that ok?
How are fellowship winners selected?
When will I hear if I won a fellowship?
Which workshops do you offer fellowships for?
I want to fund a fellowship.  Is it tax deductible?
When is the Boulder Short Short Contest?
What happens if I register for the Boulder Workshop to guarantee myself a spot and then win the short short contest?
If I apply for a fellowship, but do not win will you reimburse me my $25 application fee?
When is my manuscript due for workshop?
How do I review my classmate’s manuscripts before workshop?
Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter account?
How do I get the latest updates on Writing By Writers?
I’m a vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/lactose intolerant can you accommodate my dietary needs?

What is a “Generative” Workshop?

Generative workshops are workshops in which you generate new work through a series of crafts talks, writing exercises and in-class discussion.  Participants will not be reading or critiquing each other’s manuscripts, but instead focusing on generating new material both in class and as evening “homework” during the conference.

What is a “Manuscript” Workshop?

A Manuscript workshop is a workshop primarily focused on reading and critiquing student manuscripts.  You will have access to your classmate’s manuscripts before attending the workshop so that you may read and write comments ahead of time.  During the conference, class time will be primarily devoted to discussing these manuscripts so that you will leave with a better understanding of what is working in your manuscript and what needs improvement.  In addition, faculty will use these manuscripts as a basis for in-class discussion on craft.  Manuscript workshops are generally limited to 12 people.  You should expect to read and critique 11 other manuscripts in addition to your own.  The length of manuscript submitted is specific to each workshop and can be seen listed under the workshop description.

What is Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is designed for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir or short story collection).  You will have access to your classmate’s manuscripts approximately two months before attending the workshop so that you may read and write comments ahead of time.  During the conference, class time will be primarily devoted to discussing these manuscripts so that you will leave with a better understanding of what is working in your manuscript and what needs improvement.  You will also have a one-on-one meeting with your faculty member.  Classes are limited to 5 participants.  You should expect to read and critique 4 other manuscripts in addition to your own.

How do I apply?

Click HERE!

When can I expect to hear if I was accepted (rejected)?

Since we offer admission on a rolling basis, we do our best to read applications weekly.  Depending on your timing, you could hear as quickly as the same day you apply, or it could take up to two weeks.  If you have not heard from us in a month please email us at info@writingxwriters.org.  Chances are you have not received our reply due to junk mail filters.

I didn’t receive an email confirmation when I submitted my application to Submittable.  What should I do?

Send us an email at info@writingxwriters.org and we’ll figure it out!

When is the application deadline for the workshops?  

WxW accepts people on a rolling basis.  Workshops are assigned on a first-come, first served basis so in order to be guaranteed your first choice workshop, you should apply as early as possible.  As workshops fill up, “wait list only” will be noted in the drop-down class selection on the on-line application.

How early do workshops fill?

It is common for our workshops to fill at least 3 months before the date of the workshop. In some cases, workshops fill before the fellowship submission deadline.  If you have applied for a fellowship and your first choice workshop is already full, we do our best to put you in your second choice workshop, but all that we guarantee is a workshop in your genre.

What are my chances of getting in off the wait list for my first choice workshop?

Often we are able to place the first or second person on the waiting list into their first choice workshop.  You are welcome to email us at info@writingxwriters.org to find out how long the wait list is for a specific workshop and we will give you our best guestimate.

Will I know which faculty member/workshop I get into before I pay my deposit?

Yes.  Your acceptance email will tell you which workshop we are holding a spot for you in.  You will then have two weeks to pay your deposit to hold your spot.  After the two week deadline, we will do our best to honor your first or second choice workshop.

How do I submit my manuscript?

Writing By Writer’s uses Submittable for both applying to a workshop and for gathering student manuscripts for critique in workshop.

Is the manuscript I apply with the same one I will use in workshop?

For Manuscript Boot Camp you must submit the first chapter of the book you plan to workshop.  For all other workshops, you are welcome to apply with a different manuscript than you plan to submit for workshop.

My application submission is more/less than 10 pages and/or several short pieces.  Is that ok?

Yes!  Our goal is to get a feel for your level of writing so that you are placed in the corresponding workshop.  It is fine if it is not exactly 10 pages and/or several short pieces.

How are fellowship winners selected?

Fellowship are selected solely on the quality of the submission.  All submissions are read carefully and the finalists are passed to our fellowship selection committee made up of WxW Board Members.  Each committee member reads each finalist and ranks them according to their taste.  The finalists with the highest ranking receive fellowships.

When will I hear if I won a fellowship?

The date for notification of fellowship winners is in the email you received when you submitted your application.

Which workshops do you offer fellowships for?

Fellowships are available for Tomales Bay and Methow Valley.  We do not offer fellowships to Manuscript Boot Camp.  We do offer a short short writing contest for tuition to the Boulder Generative Workshop.

I want to fund a fellowship.  Is it tax deductible?

YES!  WxW is a 501c3 non profit organization.  Your fellowship is 100% tax deductible.

When is the Boulder Short Short Contest?

January!

What happens if I register for the Boulder Workshop to guarantee myself a spot and then win the short short contest?

We will reimburse you your tuition!

If I apply for a fellowship, but do not win will you reimburse me my $25 application fee?

We will only reimburse your application fee if you are not accepted to the workshop.  If you are accepted (but don’t win a fellowship) we will not reimburse the application fee.  The application fee covers our administrative time to read the submissions.

When is my manuscript due for workshop?

Manuscripts for Tomales Bay and Methow Valley are generally due 3 to 4 weeks before the start of the workshop.  You will receive an email with instructions how to upload your manuscript to Submittable and the exact deadline.  Book length manuscripts for the Fall Session of Boot Camp are due September 15 and Spring Session manuscripts are due March 1 which is approximately two months ahead of time.

How do I review my classmate’s manuscripts before workshop?

Once all student manuscripts are received, they will be placed in a free Dropbox folder that is only accessible by the 5 to 12 students in your specific manuscript workshop.  You will receive an email from WxW with a link to the appropriate Dropbox folder for your class.

Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter account?

Yes!  Please follow us for updates and information on Facebook and Twitter.

How do I get the latest updates on Writing By Writers?

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our mailing list.  We DO NOT sell or exchange your email address.

I’m a vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/lactose intolerant can you accommodate my dietary needs?

Yes!  Just make sure you tell us on your application.

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