Writers' Work Groups
24PearlStreet is thrilled to announce Writers' Work Groups, a new program designed to extend the online workshop experience and provide a space for writers to work alongside one another.
For years, we’ve heard from workshop participants that it’s challenging to find the motivation to keep writing once a class is over. Motivation begins to fade and feelings of isolation set in. The sense of community that was present in the workshop is suddenly gone, and writing stalls.
This seemed like a problem we could solve. Having communicated with so many talented and driven students over the years, we knew we had a wonderful community at our fingertips. All we had to do was connect writers to each other beyond the workshop.
That’s why, on the 50th anniversary of the Work Center, we’re excited to introduce Writers' Work Groups. For the first time ever, we’re matching up students with their peers so they can develop meaningful writing relationships and sustain momentum in their work.
What's the format?
Like our online workshops, Writers’ Work Groups take place entirely online. They are self-directed, so there is no faculty instruction, but there is guidance from 24PearlStreet’s staff. As administrators, we want to create a productive and respectful community, and our involvement will reflect that.
24PearlStreet’s staff is also actively involved in creating the groups, ensuring that participants are well matched. A self-assessment helps us place writers in groups of their desired style and size. The number of participants will vary across groups, but will never exceed eight people.
Terms are three or five months long and the fee per term is $200.
A 24PearlStreet Writers’ Work Group offers:
Customized placement into a group that fits your goals and preferences
The choice between a critique group and an accountability-focused group
Five months of access to the online platform and support from fellow writers
Unlimited engagement with a tight-knit writing community
Relationships with writers who can ultimately be readers for your manuscripts
Commitment alongside flexibility (your group decides structure and deadlines)
Guidance and friendly check-ins from the small staff at 24PearlStreet
25% off tuition for a Summer or Fall 2018 online writing workshop
How do I register?
The pilot Writers' Work Group term will conclude in late October. At that point, we will review the program's sucesses and determine what improvements can be made. The next Writers' Work Group term will take those findings into account. We plan to launch the new term in early January 2019.