Frequently Asked Questions


How do I enroll in a course?
You can find all of our upcoming seminars and classes listed here. You can enroll in the course directly from the individual class webpage. After your payment has been received, you will receive a welcome email. All detailed course information—including the syllabus and course schedule—will be emailed to you at least one week prior to the start of your class. If a class is listed as sold out, use the Contact Page to put your name on the waitlist.

How do you define a returning student?
A returning student is defined as someone who has taken at least one seminar or workshop at Writing Workshops Detroit.

I have never taken a writing class before. Can I still take a class at Writing Workshops Detroit?
Absolutely! You don’t need to have any prior workshop experience to take one of our classes! We offer courses at a variety of levels, for beginners as well as writers with plentiful workshop experience.

Where are classes held?
Our classes and seminars meet at Bamboo Detroit in downtown.

How many students are in a class?
No more than 9 writers in an 8-week class. Our classes are small to insure each writer and his/her work receives the attention they deserve.

During the session, how many times will I have a chance to submit for critique?
In all 8-week workshops, each participant has the opportunity to have their work critiqued twice in class (up to 25 double-spaced pages each time).

What does my workshop tuition pay for?
The opportunity to have work critiqued twice in class and thorough typed feedback from the instructor and all your classmates. A private conference with the instructor to discuss your workshop feedback, your goals for your writing, or other writing-related topics such as applying to MFA programs, creating a reading list to develop your understanding of craft, and more.

How often are new classes offered? How can I know when new classes are offered?
We have five 8-week terms throughout the year beginning in January. This means a new term starts every two or two and a half months, so if you miss one session a new one will start relatively soon. To know about new classes as soon as they’re announced, sign up for our newsletter.

If a spot is still available, can I enter a class after it’s begun?
Some of our instructors will allow a student to enroll in a course no later than week two of the course. If a course has already started use the Contact Page to get in touch. We also offer Individual Consultations with our faculty if you don't want to wait until the next term starts.

Do you offer online classes?
We do, and have partnered with Writing Workshops Dallas to offer them. Check out our upcoming ONLINE CLASSES schedule.

What are your online classes like?
We’ve replicated the in-person workshop experience by partnering with Wet Ink, the only online platform designed exclusively for writing workshops. Led by world-class writers, we keep our class sizes intentionally small so that each writer can get the time and attention their work deserves. Our classes meet in a dedicated online classroom where you can interact with your classmates and instructor. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post stories and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. No matter where you live in the world, there is a seat for you in one of our online classes!

What are your payment plan options?
New students must pay for all courses in full prior to the start of the course. If you are a returning student, please get in touch using the Contact Page to discuss a payment plan. If you are not a returning student, we can sometimes hold a place for you in the class until it fills so you have some extra time to pay.

Do you offer editorial services?
Yes! Please refer to our Individual Consultations page.

If I’m applying for an MFA Program, can you help me prepare my application materials?
We would love to help as you prepare to apply for MFA programs! Our students have gotten into MFA programs at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Michigan, NYU, Columbia, Alabama, Indiana, The New School, and many others. Check out our MFA APPLICATION services for more information!

Are you hiring new instructors?
We always like hearing from interested candidates. Use the Contact Page to let us know you’re interested. Be sure to tell us about yourself and your publications, where you have taught before, and what classes you are interested in teaching for WWD. Also include a link to your website and your Twitter handle if applicable.

What’s your refund policy?
Our refund policy is simple: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 10 days before the class starts, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 10-day grace period, there are no refunds, and students will be required to pay the full course fee. If a writer enrolls in one of our seminars and can't make it we will send you the link to the Live Stream recording along with all seminar materials so that you can watch the seminar at your convenience within 30 days of the seminar date. We have this refund policy because we keep our classes intentionally small. Dropping a class at the last minute or after the class starts means that someone else who wanted to be in the class cannot participate, and so we don't offer refunds after the 10-day grace period. For a writing workshop to function, enrolled students must be dedicated to the class. After these deadlines, you will not be eligible for a refund.

What is your privacy policy?
We will never sell or rent your mailing address, email address, or any other data that can personally identify you in any way to an outside group. We do not store your information, and we will never share it with a third party. Your email address will only be shared with the course instructor once you've enrolled.

Wait, you didn’t answer the ONE burning question I really, really wanted to ask!
If we didn’t answer your questions above, please use the Contact Page to get in touch.