I've taken classes with both organizations in the past, when they were fully remote. This year it appears that most of the classes will be some kind of hybrid, so I have no experience to offer on how well that works. But the prices ($25 to $50) and convenience make them well worth it to me to try some.
Benefits of Zoom Workshops
- You don't have to limit yourself to workshops in your geographic area, ones that you can actually get your body to. That opens up a great many more options.
- You don't have to commit time to travel.
- You don't have to commit time to conferences, where many writers' workshops are found. I can't be the only person who doesn't want to spend an entire day at a conference in order to take the one workshop being offered that interests me.
- The workshops at Thurber and OCWW, whether Zoom or in-person, are far cheaper than many traditional workshops. With OCWW workshops, you can bring the price down even more by becoming a member.
- You may be able to experiment with a workshop on some type of writing you don't normally do because the time and financial commitment are so low.
- Many of the instructors are not just experienced writers but experienced writing teachers.
The Workshop Schedules
While I won't be attending any of these workshops on-site, I have been to Thurber House.