Writing Academy FAQ

We've tried to answer the questions we've most often been asked about the program. Please do not hestitate to reach out if you have more questions. 

What if I miss a class?

Classes occur most Saturdays at noon EST (online). Though we expect you to try to be at every class, we know life happens. If you miss a class, you can catch up by watching the recording. 

Will I be graded on my work?

We don't assign letter grades to class assignments. Rather, the professors critique them and give feedback on the concepts covered.

What if my novel isn't finished by April 1?

While it is true that the cohort goes into mentoring on April 1, not everyone has a full novel finished by then. Mentors read the first fifty pages (Double-spaced, standard font) of the participant's work. If you only have twenty pages finished by April 1, the mentor will read and give feedback on that. 

Will I be published if I take this course?

Many of our students have gone on to publish the work they created during their time in the academy. You will be introduced to writers and publishers within the sapphic community and you will be given advice and tips on submitting to publishers. We do not, however, guarantee publication

What kinds of classes can I expect to take?

We have a wide range of classes:

Point of view

Mastering natural characters

Creating conflict


Query letters and pitch sessions

Writing diverse characters


and so much more

What are the qualifications of the instructors?

The Writing Academy chooses professors based on academic degrees, teaching experience, established bodies of work, and distinction within the field. Guest speakers are generally well-established writers with a special talent in the subject on which they are speaking. Mentors are well-established writers with an award-winning body of work and experience mentoring writers.

Is there anything else I should know?

I asked one of our current students what she wished she had known before she started and she wrote:

How much more I would learn about things I thought I already knew pretty well.
That getting up early on Saturday mornings would become a welcome thing.
That I would make such awesome friends.

Many of our past students are still friends with their classmates. The interactive format, the peer-review forums, and the optional writing dates create a bond of peers that can last a lifetime.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.