Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Virtual Writing Class Opportunities

My Classroom
Both Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio and the Off Campus Writers' Workshop in Chicago, Illinois have announced their 2022-2023 writing class schedules. I have a list of two workshops with Thurber and seven with OCWW I'm interested in taking. Without leaving my desk in central Connecticut. 

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

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