Getting ready for NaNoWriMo? Or just want to try building a daily writing practice? This class is for you.
Practice and warm-ups are fundamental to every artistic discipline, writing included. Especially when you’re gearing up to set down 50,000 words in 30 days. Doing a 10 – 20 minute writing exercise can help kick your brain into creative gear without pressure, give you the chance to try out new craft skills, or simply keep your writing muscles limber on days when you don’t have the time or energy to work on your work in progress.
That’s what this course is all about. Starting October 1, you’ll get a short writing exercise via email every day for a month. These exercises will help you get to know your characters better, dig into details of your setting, and play around with voice, point of view, and other aspects of craft. You can use them to prepare for NaNo or as warm-ups before getting to work on your current project.
Because many writers thrive on community and support, all participants will have access to a private chat space on Discord where they can share their experience with the exercises and support each other through the month. This is optional! You can also do the exercises on your own and never speak to anyone else ever. ;)
The course costs $40 and grants are available for those who can’t afford it.
Sound good? Register Now or keep reading for more details.
There are 10 grants available to writers who cannot afford the registration fee for class. Five grants are available to Black, Indigenous, and other Writers of Color, five are available to any writer from any identity background.
To apply, fill out this form. You’ll be asked to provide a personal statement (up to 500 words) and a statement of financial need (300 words). Please Note: I define financial need broadly, from those who absolutely can’t pay to those who may have the money but can’t set it aside for a writing course. Don’t self reject!
Application Deadline: September 23rd.
ETA: If you’d like to make a donation to cover more grants, please do so via PayPal.
If you don’t use PayPal (or don’t want to) please contact me to arrange other payment options. Also, please be sure to add a note to your donation letting me know if you want to remain anonymous or be thanked publicly for your generosity!
Do I have to be doing NaNo to take this course?
Nope! If you just want a month of writing exercises that will help you with your novel or get you into a daily writing practice, this course is for you.
What are the technical requirements?
To get the exercises, just an email account. Joining the community on Discord is optional and only requires a computer or mobile device.
What is Discord?
A group chat service that you can access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Within the course Discord there are multiple channels/chat rooms where students can share their exercises if they want, discuss challenges and epiphanies, and set up virtual write-ins. Learn more.