Frequently Asked Questions about The Writer’s Eye

Who would benefit from The Writer's Eye online writing classes?

Aspiring writers who already have an ability to get their thoughts on paper and want to…

  • Add depth to their writing practices;
  • Enhance their skill sets;
  • Expand their understanding of literary techniques;
  • Cultivate more imaginative responses to the world.
Do I need to know the form in which I want to write?

No.  The weekly readings and writing prompts will help you discover the form your creativity wants to take.  You are free to explore and experiment with various genres such as fiction writing, nonfiction writing, poetry writing or memoir writing.

What is the time commitment for the course?

Just 3 dedicated hours each week will help you become the writer you dream you can be.

On average, weekly assignments take about 2 hours to complete.   You will also read and respond to the work of your classmates.  This usually takes another hour.

How many people are in a class?

The Writer’s Eye online writing classes are limited to 7 participants.

When does the class meet?

There are no required meeting times in this online writing workshop.  Assignments are submitted weekly at your convenience, anytime prior to the deadline of midnight EST on Sunday.

Do I need computer skills to participate in this online writing program?

No.  All you need is a basic familiarity with e-mail and the ability to download a PDF file.

Do I have to purchase anything?

No.  A free copy of Invitation to Wonder:  A Journey through the Seasons by Elizabeth Ayres is sent to you as a PDF download when you register.

What are assignments like?

Each week, you’ll receive a homework assignment by e-mail and you’ll email your homework to the entire class anytime prior to midnight EST on Sunday.  Assignments guide you to

  • Provide short responses to assigned readings, thereby developing your critical thinking skills. (Good readers make better writers.)
  • Craft stories, poems or personal essays triggered by a given week’s theme.
  • Develop your editing skills as you ask for targeted feedback on your work and provide feedback on the work of your peers.
  • Apply weekly prompts to new or existing projects.
  • Use the course structure to cultivate a regular writing practice that fits your life, even after class ends.
How do I interact with my classmates and teacher?

Each week, you’ll create a brief response to the writing of your classmates, as they, in turn, will do for you.  These are due anytime prior to midnight EST on Tuesday.

These responses and Elizabeth’s are gathered into a single convenient email which you receive on Wednesday or Thursday.  Instruction, feedback and supportive community combine to give you a dynamic growth experience.

How is my writing critiqued?

We don’t “critique” in this online writing course. You’ll be given the option to ask your classmates and instructor for suggestions about specific areas you’d like to focus on for improvement. This targeted feedback ensures a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can develop self-confidence while learning to take your writing practice to a whole new level.

How is The Writer's Eye organized?

The online writing program consists of 5-week segments you can take separately or combine into an on-going, 20-week online writing program.

Unlike Writing the Wave, you can start anywhere in The Writer’s Eye course cycle.  Each segment is a self-contained unit. For content, see The Writer’s Eye Overview.

How much does it cost?

Each Part of The Writer’s Eye, consisting of 5 weekly sessions, costs $265.

Ongoing students receive a substantial discount.

You can save $265 now and receive a free one-hour phone consult with Elizabeth Ayres by signing up for all four Parts (20 weekly sessions) for $795.  Get one course ‘part’ for free.

(You do not need to take the segments consecutively. Once you register for the complete online writing program, you may take each Part whenever it’s convenient for you.)

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When's the next class?

New Writer’s Eye online writing classes start up continually throughout the year.  The next class begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Continuing classes are scheduled back-to-back, with a 1-week break between each segment (except no classes in August or from mid-December to mid-January).

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How do I register?

You may register online by paying with your credit/debit card through PayPal.  No additional forms are needed.

You may also register offline by check using a printable form.

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