What if my work fits into multiple groups? What group is right for me? It's fine if you feel your work would fit into multiple groups, and we often consider applicants across the different groups. We recommend coming to one of our virtual Open Houses and listening to the program instructors describe their individual groups. Sometimes it's best to make a decision as to what group feels right based on the instructor and who most resonate with.
For fiction mixed-genre writers: If your work feels like it doesn't fit into one genre or category, such as a collage or hybrid of various media, we recommend Carolyn Zaikowski’s Poetry & Hybrid Workshop Group, which welcomes “uncategorizable” and cross-genre projects.
For fiction writers: If you are working on a novel, and are very close to the finish line (significantly more than halfway done) on a first draft but not quite there yet, we recommend applying to the revision-oriented workshop since you are more likely to spend the year revising rather than completing the first draft.
Do I need to have a finished manuscript before I apply? No. All year-long manuscript groups allow for writers to be in varying stages of the process, including at the very beginning, with the exception of the Fiction: Revision Manuscript Group, which is for writers with a complete (or almost complete) first-draft of a manuscript.
Will my full manuscript be read by the instructor? This depends on how long your manuscript is and how many pages you already have when the groups begin, although it is not a feature of the program that instructors will be reading everyone’s full manuscripts. Participants will have multiple opportunities to share approximately 20-page chapters or sections of their manuscripts with the group for feedback. However, participants in the Fiction Revision Manuscript Group will have their full manuscripts read by the instructor before the workshop begins, so the instructor is familiar with everyone's complete first draft.
How many times will I receive feedback from the group and instructor? How will the workshop be set up? This varies in each group and according to each instructor’s individual way of running workshops, but on average program participants can expect to have approximately 20-page chapters or sections of their project read and discussed by the group and instructor at least two times over the course of the year, and often more than this.
Is the program exclusively online? Will it ever meet in person? The program IS exclusively online for the 2021 - 2022 season and WILL NOT be meeting in person at all, even if the state of the world changes. I
How many writers are in each manuscript group?
Novel (Revision): Limited to 8 writers
Novel (First Draft): Limited to 10 writers
Memoir: Limited to 8 writers.
Nonfiction: Limited to 10 writers.
Poetry/Hybrid: Limited to 10 writers.
About the Application:
What is the deadline to apply? Saturday, January 16, 2021.
How are applications evaluated? Applications are evaluated first and foremost on the strength of the work sample and the writer's overall commitment to the project, as well as how much the year-long program could benefit the writer’s project and the writer. Each application is read and evaluated by two PVWW instructors. If there is a discrepancy about a given application, a third reader is brought in.
If I submitted a Manuscript Group Interest Form, do I still need to fill out an application? Yes. The application contains important information that we need to consider for each candidate. The Interest Form is helpful but is not nearly the same as the application.
About Payment and Deadlines
How much does the program cost? Total tuition for all year-long manuscript groups (except Fiction: Revision) is $1500. Tuition for the Fiction: Revision group is $1900 (the instructor will be reading all participants’ completed manuscripts before the workshop begins).
Are scholarships and financial aid available? Unfortunately we are not able to consider financial aid for this program.
Are payment plans available? We cannot offer payment plans that extend more than two months after the course begins. For select students in dire financial circumstances, we can sometimes allow payment to be made in two or three installments, but this is on a case-by-case basis.
If I’m accepted, how do I reserve my spot? All accepted students must reserve their spot with a $500 (nonrefundable) deposit, due by February 20th, 2020. You are also welcome to pay the full cost of tuition in one payment at this time. PVWW will send you an invoice, or you are welcome to pay via mailed check. (Please ask us about this before you mail anything.)
What if I need to withdraw part-way through the year? Because every person in each group is taking a spot that would have gone to another interested writer, we are not able to refund writers if they choose to withdraw mid-way through the program. In cases of medical or extreme emergency, we may be able to offer partial refunds, but we will handle those on a case-by-case basis.
"Can't say enough about PVWW, Joy, and her amazing team of teachers! Writing is very much about the ability to sit in your seat for hours and put pen to paper, but coming to PVWW has helped me build a community around my writing, breathe new life into my efforts, and get out of my own head a bit. And beyond that, I've learned lots of practical, nuts-and-bolts techniques that have vastly improved my work." - Emily Everett, Editor at The Common