FAQ

Where are these programs located?

Everything is done online! We use a combination of Edmodo, Google Drive, Zoom (a video chat platform) and email to connect groups.


What if I've never taken a workshop before?

Not a problem! We walk our students through the editing process, including how to comment, what to comment, how to effectively use the workshop space, etc.


What is the average time commitment for a workshop?

For our regular program, students should generally be committing at least 30-40 hours during the month. Though the meetings themselves only constitute about 12 hours max, we expect students to participate fully in the course. This means writing comments for peers, talking to our On-Call Editors, reading all the materials, completing daily writing prompts and more. We want you to get as much for your money as you possibly can!


How does scheduling work? 

We share mentor availability with students when they are applying for our program. Because we are an online program, we do have some flexibility. However, in order to make scheduling easier, we ask that students sign up for mentors that have similar availability with themselves.


When will I hear back about my application?

We try to answer applications about 2-3 weeks after the deadline! Depending on number of applications, it might be a little longer than that. We do prioritize giving each application the time and care it deserves.


Yes! At the beginning of each program, we host an orientation program that goes over all the details of that particular workshop. 

Is there an orientation period?


Can I take multiple programs?

Yes! There is no limit to the number of programs you can take with us.


What if I don't have access to a computer or Wifi?

Because this is an online program, it will be quite critical for you to be able to connect with your group through a computer or another source. However, we can always try to work something out; please email us at thespeakeasyproject.staff@gmail.com!


Do I have to be a certain age to take a workshop?

No! Our programs are for students of all ages, skills and backgrounds.


Right now, our regular program is geared more towards poets. However, our "Live to Write" program is for both prose AND poetry writers, and we are currently developing a creative nonfiction class right now.

Are these workshops available for prose writers?


Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Yes! About 60-70% of our students receive partial to full scholarship for our programs. More information is available on our individual program pages. 


While we do work hard to ensure that each workshop is accessible for students and mentors alike, if you feel like you can't commit to the full month, that's okay! We also have editing services available at our Feedback Corner. Click here to learn more.

What if I don't have the time to take a month-long workshop?