Workshop FAQ's

What technology do I need to take a course with Polyphony Lit?

All of our courses require you have the following:

  1. A stable, high-speed Internet connection (at least 25Mbps)

  2. A personal computer or tablet with a keyboard (mobile devices are not recommended) with the ability to use a web browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge)

  3. In addition, 2-Hour Seminars and some Creative Writing Workshops require the use of Zoom for video conferencing. 

 

Do I Have to Use Zoom?

All of our “live” courses meet via Zoom.

Please make sure to download and test Zoom prior to the start of your course. More information can be found via Zoom’s Help Center.

 

Can I Use A Mobile Device for Creative Writing Workshops?

Our Creative Writing Workshops platform, Wet Ink, is best utilized via a personal computer, not a mobile device. Creative Writing Workshop participants must use a Windows 10 or Mac OS device in order for Wet Ink’s features to work properly and to ensure full participation.

 

What Types of Courses Do You Offer?

Check out our About Workshops page for detailed information about what types of courses we offer.

 

How Do I Join A 2-Hour Seminar?

Once you’ve registered for a 2-Hour Seminar, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom meeting link for your session’s meeting date and time. Entering the Zoom meeting via the link at the appropriate time will allow you to join the session. Additional information is provided in your registration confirmation email.

 

How Do I Join A Creative Writing Workshop?

Once you’ve registered for a Creative Writing Workshop, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information about the course, including the date you can expect to be invited to the Wet Ink classroom.  Additional information about using Wet Ink is provided in your registration confirmation email.

 

What’s Wet Ink? 

We love Wet Ink! It is one of the most unique learning management systems out there and it’s specially designed for creative writing classes! It has a beautiful, intuitive user interface and some awesome features, especially for writing workshops. Wet Ink is the central hub for any Polyphony Lit Creative Writing Workshop.

 

Why A Creative Writing Program?

Polyphony Lit was founded upon the idea that when young writers use precise and powerful language to explore, reflect upon, and share their lives they are able to better understand their value as human beings. The development of that creative voice depends upon close, careful, and compassionate attention. Helping young writers become proficient at providing thoughtful and informed attention to the work of their peers is essential to our mission. We believe exchanging feedback on creative work gives both the giver and the receiver a better understanding of craft, of the writing process, and of the value of writing in their own lives. Becoming a member of the Polyphony Lit Creative Writing Program is about more than just writing; it prepares students for participation in the worldwide literary and writing community. 

 

What’s Unique About Polyphony Lit’s Creative Writing Program?

Polyphony Lit is committed to providing the best creative writing instruction for teens we possibly can. Our courses:

  • Are taught by experienced Instructors who are also published writers and passionate about working with teenagers.

  • Include assigned readings of classics and contemporary works because reading great writing is fundamental to producing great writing.

  • Are focused on Great Feedback. In the tradition of college and graduate-level writing classes, students will be given the opportunity to share their writing and exchange feedback with peers. Creative Writing Workshops include significant instructor feedback as well. 

 

Is There Homework?

It depends! 

 

2-Hour Seminars usually have a short reading assignment (i.e., 3-4 poems or a single short story) that students are asked to read prior to the Zoom session. There is no required homework assigned at the conclusion of a Seminar, but students are encouraged to continue working on any piece of writing they may have started during (or after) the Zoom session.

 

Creative Writing Workshops vary in time commitment and are intentionally structured with teens’ academic schedules in mind. During school holiday breaks, we may offer courses with special schedules that meet more frequently or are more writing/reading-intensive. Most Creative Writing Workshops require 2-3 hours of work weekly, depending on the class and individual reading speed and writing style. 

 

What Level of Creative Writing Experience Do I Need to Take a Course?

Every course description has “Intended Student Level” for reference. If we say all levels, we mean it! Our small class sizes are designed to give each student personalized feedback and guidance based on their personal skill set and creative goals.

 

What if I miss a class?

Each course is different with a different schedule, but if you do miss a meeting or an assignment, it’s generally simple to catch up by browsing through the course content and discussions! There are no penalties for missing a class meeting; you will have missed out on the discussion, though.

 

Once a Workshop course is complete, all of your content (i.e., readings, your writing and any feedback you received on your writing) is emailed to you as downloadable content. 

 

What if I miss a peer workshop?

Each instructor has different individual policies, but if you do not complete a peer workshop assignment in a Workshop by the assigned deadline, you may lose the opportunity to have your writing workshopped in a future session or course. Check with your course instructor and their course policies for more information.

 

Do you offer financial aid?

We are a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization with a mission to try to reach as many students as we can; we are working hard to increase our financial aid fund but cannot currently guarantee aid for all students.

 

If you do need financial aid to participate in our program, please don’t hesitate to send an email to info@polyphonylit.org to check availability. 

 

What is your cancellation/refund policy if I have to withdraw from a class?

A Full Refund of 100% of the Course Fee is provided as long as a student is withdrawn at least 72 hours prior to a course start time. 

 

If a student is withdrawn within 72 hours of the course start time, Polyphony Lit will provide a credit equal in value to the previously booked course for a future course.

 

Once a course has begun, all payments are non-refundable.

 

What if a course does not reach the minimum registration?

Our courses have a minimum registration of four students in order to provide the most valuable experience for all participants. We will notify you 48 hours prior to a course start time if that course fails to meet the minimum registration threshold and you will be given the option of either a full refund or transfer to a future section of that course.

 

Do You Have A Code of Conduct?

Polyphony Lit is committed to providing a safe and welcoming community for all of our members, especially students but also inclusive of staff members, volunteers, and program participants regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, appearance, race, ethnicity, age, religion, class, or identity. All community members, guests, and program participants are expected to treat each other with respect in all interactions. 

 

Any sort of harassment of another community member may lead to immediate expulsion from the program and could include any comments or other communication that could be considered offensive or unwelcome regarding a person's national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, appearance, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status or other protected status, including epithets, slurs and negative stereotyping.

The above definition does NOT necessarily include respectful disagreement or feedback/critique as expected in such a program. Also, literature and writing, like all the arts (and life) can be messy and often result in exposure to controversy, unpleasantness, and things that sometimes are, indeed, quite offensive. 

Any participant who is asked to cease specific harassing or offensive behavior by a fellow participant or instructor is expected to comply immediately. Those violating these expectations may be expelled from a course session, course, or the program entirely at the discretion of Polyphony Lit staff. 

If you ever experience unpleasant or harassing behavior from any member of our community, please don’t hesitate to report it to info@polyphonylit.org as soon as possible. Our senior administrative team will be informed of all incidents and follow up with all parties to ensure all community members are heard, treated with respect, and comfortable in our shared space.